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By Robert Tiboni Hello sports fans. It’s time for another installment of Tidbits Sports Shorts. Here we go. This week in baseball history: 1974 Hank Aaron becomes the new home run king. In the forth inning of the Atlanta Braves home opener, Hank Aaron smacked a two-run dinger off the Dodgers’ Al Dowling to break Babe Ruth’s record for career home runs with 715. Fans stormed the field in jubilation, a few even ran along the baselines, looking for a chance to shake hands with the new king. Aaron had endured racism and vitriol from fans who didn’t want to see him break the Bambino’s record. Aaron was emotional and relieved. “I just thank God it’s all over”, Aaron told the New York Daily News. Hammerin Hank’s record topped out at 755 round-trippers, would eventually be surpassed by Barry Bonds in 2007, but the new standard is looming in the shadows of steroid allegations and has lost much of it’s luster. This week in football history: 1966 Al Davis named AFL commissioner. Controversial. Combative. Irritating. Legendary. That was Al Davis in a nutshell. The late Oakland Raiders owner, whose feuds with Pete Rozelle and the NFL helped fashion the league in the form that exists today. Davis was named as the top executive of the rival American Football League in 1966. The decision by the young league paved the way for the merger, as Davis’ unrelenting approach to signing players away from the NFL ultimately allowed for an agreement to be reached, and put an end to the bidding wars so common in the 1960s. The Anaheim Ducks have already clinched a play off berth, and now it just remains to be seen if they can repeat as Pacific Division Champs. They are currently leading the San Jose Sharks by three points for the top spot in the Pacific Division. They trail the St. Louis Blues by one point for the lead in the Western Conference. They also trail the Boston Bruins by three points for the Presidents Trophy, for the best record in the NHL. The Ducks currently have a record of 51-20-8 for 110 points and have a franchise record 51 wins thus far. This Sunday will be Teemu Selanne’s last regular season home game, as he will retire at the end of the season. The Finnish Flash has spent 25 seasons in the NHL, most of that time spent with the Ducks, with stops in San Jose and Colorado. Selanne started his career with the Winnipeg Jets as their 10th overall pick. In 2007 he got to hold the Stanley Cup as part of the Anaheim Ducks, and hopes to cap his historic career with another one. That will do it for this week sports fans till next time: “If my uniform doesn’t get dirty, I haven’t done anything in the baseball game.”-Ricky Henderson
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