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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: April 8

1941 – Joe Louis retains his heavyweight title with a ninth round TKO of Tony Musto. It is the fourth title defense for Louis in nine weeks.

1943 – The Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup, sweeping the Red Wings in two games.

1966 – Al Davis is hired as commissioner of the AFL.

1968 – Major League Baseball delays Opening Day following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4.

1969 – The Montreal Expos beat the Mets 10-9 in the first baseball game played in Canada.

1971 – The first legal off track betting location in the United States open in New York City.

1974 – Hank Aaron becomes baseball’s home run king, hitting career homer #715, passing Babe Ruth for the most in history.

1975 – Frank Robinson becomes the first black manager in Major League Baseball, debuting as player-manager for the Cleveland Indians.

1989 – Alex English of the Denver Nuggets becomes the first player in NBA history to score 2,000 or more points in eight consecutive seasons.

1990 – Nick Faldo becomes the second golfer in history to win consecutive Masters titles.

2001 – Tiger Woods wins the Masters, giving him a sweep of the four golf majors in a span of 294 days.

2008 – Led by Candace Parker’s 17 points and nine rebounds, the Tennessee women’s basketball team wins its eight college hoops national championship.

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