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Boston Bruins Don Awrey takes a glove to the head by New York Rangers Walt Tkaczuk during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on April 30, 1972. (Neil Leifer/SI)

Boston Bruins Don Awrey takes a glove to the head by New York Rangers Walt Tkaczuk during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on April 30, 1972. (Neil Leifer/SI)

Stan Musial, pictured here in 1972 with Joe Torre, passed away on Saturday at the age of 92. The Cardinals legend is known for being as gracious off the field as he was on it. (AP)

REITER: Musial a role model for generations of fans

Stan Musial, pictured here in 1972 with Joe Torre, passed away on Saturday at the age of 92. The Cardinals legend is known for being as gracious off the field as he was on it. (AP)
REITER: Musial a role model for generations of fans

Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell joke around while covering 1972 Olympic boxing trials together. (AP)

GALLERY: The Best of Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell joke around while covering 1972 Olympic boxing trials together. (AP)
GALLERY: The Best of Muhammad Ali

Pat Riley backs down Phil Jackson during a 1972 game between the Lakers and Knicks. The two would win a combined 16 championships as coaches. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Pat Riley | Phil Jackson

Pat Riley backs down Phil Jackson during a 1972 game between the Lakers and Knicks. The two would win a combined 16 championships as coaches. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Pat Riley | Phil Jackson

American swimmer Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Spitz is one of five Olympians to win nine or more career gold medals. (Terry O’Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

GALLERY: U.S. Olympians Then and Now | Prominent Jewish Athletes

American swimmer Mark Spitz poses with the seven gold medals he won at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Spitz is one of five Olympians to win nine or more career gold medals. (Terry O’Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
GALLERY: U.S. Olympians Then and Now | Prominent Jewish Athletes

Boston’s Derek Sanderson and New York’s Walt Tkaczuk sprint for a loose puck during Game 1 of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals. Boston held on for a 6-5 victory in the game on their way to a six-game series victory and the franchise’s fifth championship. (Neil Leifer/SI)

Boston’s Derek Sanderson and New York’s Walt Tkaczuk sprint for a loose puck during Game 1 of the 1972 Stanley Cup Finals. Boston held on for a 6-5 victory in the game on their way to a six-game series victory and the franchise’s fifth championship. (Neil Leifer/SI)

German police hold guns and walk along the edge of a building in Munich during the 1972 Summer Olympics. The police beefed up security after Palestinian terrorists kidnapped and eventually murdered 11 Israeli athletes in one of the worst incidents in Olympics history. (Neil Leifer/SI) 

WOLFF: Reconstructing the Munich massacre of 1972

German police hold guns and walk along the edge of a building in Munich during the 1972 Summer Olympics. The police beefed up security after Palestinian terrorists kidnapped and eventually murdered 11 Israeli athletes in one of the worst incidents in Olympics history. (Neil Leifer/SI) 
WOLFF: Reconstructing the Munich massacre of 1972

Competing at his only Olympic Games in 1972, Steve Prefontaine takes the lead of the 5,000 meters with a mile to go before fading back and finishing fourth. Finland’s Lasse Viren, Tunisia’s Mohamed Gammoudi and England’s Ian Stewart secured the gold, silver and bronze, respectively. Stewart passed Prefontaine less than 10 meters from the finish line for the final medal. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Steve Prefontaine

Competing at his only Olympic Games in 1972, Steve Prefontaine takes the lead of the 5,000 meters with a mile to go before fading back and finishing fourth. Finland’s Lasse Viren, Tunisia’s Mohamed Gammoudi and England’s Ian Stewart secured the gold, silver and bronze, respectively. Stewart passed Prefontaine less than 10 meters from the finish line for the final medal. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Steve Prefontaine

Jerry West leads the break during the 1972 Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Bucks. Los Angeles would wind up eliminating Milwaukee in six games on their way to an NBA championship. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the Los Angeles Lakers

Jerry West leads the break during the 1972 Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Bucks. Los Angeles would wind up eliminating Milwaukee in six games on their way to an NBA championship. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the Los Angeles Lakers

John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Willie Mays pose for a photo at Shea Stadium in 1972. Mays is celebrating his 81st birthday on Sunday.  (Jerry Siskind/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Willie Mays 

John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Willie Mays pose for a photo at Shea Stadium in 1972. Mays is celebrating his 81st birthday on Sunday.  (Jerry Siskind/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Willie Mays 

Today is Pat Riley’s 67th birthday. In this 1972 photo, Riley celebrates with teammate Wilt Chamberlain after the Lakers beat the Bucks for the 1972 NBA championship. Riley averaged 7 points per game over his nine-year career. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

SI VAULT: Riley not named one of NBA’s best-dressed players
SI VAULT: Coach Riley leads Lakers to NBA title (6.21.82)

Today is Pat Riley’s 67th birthday. In this 1972 photo, Riley celebrates with teammate Wilt Chamberlain after the Lakers beat the Bucks for the 1972 NBA championship. Riley averaged 7 points per game over his nine-year career. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
SI VAULT: Riley not named one of NBA’s best-dressed playersSI VAULT: Coach Riley leads Lakers to NBA title (6.21.82)

Bobby Orr turns 64 today. The Bruins legend won the Norris Trophy for eight straight years, became the only defenseman to lead the league in scoring (1970, 1975) and led the Bruins to two Stanley Cup championships. He is currently the president of Orr Hockey Group agency. (Neil Leifer/SI) 

GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the Boston Bruins
SI VAULT: Orr wins 1970 Sportsman of the Year (12.21.70)

Bobby Orr turns 64 today. The Bruins legend won the Norris Trophy for eight straight years, became the only defenseman to lead the league in scoring (1970, 1975) and led the Bruins to two Stanley Cup championships. He is currently the president of Orr Hockey Group agency. (Neil Leifer/SI) 
GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the Boston BruinsSI VAULT: Orr wins 1970 Sportsman of the Year (12.21.70)

This cover featuring Chicago’s Dick Allen juggling baseballs while smoking cigarettes is nearly 40 years old. Allen had been traded to the White Sox for Tommy John prior to the start of the season and was rejuvinated - hitting 37 home runs, driving in 113 runs on his way to the MVP Award. (John Iacono/SI)

SI VAULT: Chicago’s Allen stars in a season of surprises (6.12.72)

This cover featuring Chicago’s Dick Allen juggling baseballs while smoking cigarettes is nearly 40 years old. Allen had been traded to the White Sox for Tommy John prior to the start of the season and was rejuvinated - hitting 37 home runs, driving in 113 runs on his way to the MVP Award. (John Iacono/SI)
SI VAULT: Chicago’s Allen stars in a season of surprises (6.12.72)

Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain coverts a layup as Knicks defenders Phil Jackson (18), Dave DeBusschere (22) and Jerry Lucas (32) look on during Game 1 of the 1972 NBA Finals. The Knicks would win the game 114-92 but the Lakers would win the next four games to claim the championship. (George Long/SI)

SI VAULT: Lakers play hot hands on way to NBA title (5.15.72)

Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain coverts a layup as Knicks defenders Phil Jackson (18), Dave DeBusschere (22) and Jerry Lucas (32) look on during Game 1 of the 1972 NBA Finals. The Knicks would win the game 114-92 but the Lakers would win the next four games to claim the championship. (George Long/SI)
SI VAULT: Lakers play hot hands on way to NBA title (5.15.72)