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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: April 9

1941 – The PGA establishes the Golf Hall of Fame.

1946 – The Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup, beating the Bruins in a five game series.

1947 – Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher is suspended by Major League Baseball for one year due to gambling links.

1960 – The Boston Celtics win their third NBA title in four seasons, beating the St. Louis Hawks 122-103 in game seven. Bill Russell led the way for Boston, scoring 22 points while grabbing 35 boards.

1962 – Arnold Palmer beats Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald in a three-way playoff to win the Masters.

1978 – In a battle for the NBA’s scoring title, Denver’s David Thompson puts up 73 points in a game against the Pistons, giving up an average of 27.15 points per game. Later that night, San Antonio’s George Gervin scores 63 against the Jazz, putting him on top with a 27.22 scoring average, making it the closest 1-2 finish in NBA history.

1989 – Rickey Henderson steals the 800th base of his career.

1993 – The Colorado Rockies play in their first game at Coors Field.

2017 – Russell Westbrook breaks Oscar Robertson’s 56 year old record by recording his 42nd triple-double of the year.

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