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George Foreman and ABC Wide World of Sports commentator Howard Cosell chat before Foreman’s weigh-in for his 1974 fight against Muhammad Ali. (Neil Leifer/SI) 

George Foreman and ABC Wide World of Sports commentator Howard Cosell chat before Foreman’s weigh-in for his 1974 fight against Muhammad Ali. (Neil Leifer/SI) 

Happy 64th birthday to the great George Foreman. In this 1974 photo, Foreman knocks out Ken Norton during a fight in Caracas, Venezuala. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Top 10 Heavyweights of All Time

Happy 64th birthday to the great George Foreman. In this 1974 photo, Foreman knocks out Ken Norton during a fight in Caracas, Venezuala. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Top 10 Heavyweights of All Time

College Basketball: ACC Tournament: Mitch Kupchak shoots over the outstretched hand of Len Elmore during a 1974 ACC Tournament game between North Carolina and Maryland. (John D. Hanlon/SI) 

POWER RANKINGS: Did Maryland or North Carolina make this week’s list?

College Basketball: ACC Tournament: Mitch Kupchak shoots over the outstretched hand of Len Elmore during a 1974 ACC Tournament game between North Carolina and Maryland. (John D. Hanlon/SI) 
POWER RANKINGS: Did Maryland or North Carolina make this week’s list?

Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert pose together in Feb. 1974. (Tony Triolo/SI)

SI VAULT: Connors, Evert back to holding hands (4.14.75)

Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert pose together in Feb. 1974. (Tony Triolo/SI)
SI VAULT: Connors, Evert back to holding hands (4.14.75)

Norm Van Lier takes a charge from Dave Bing during a 1974 Bulls-Pistons game. (Lane Stewart/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Detroit Pistons 

Norm Van Lier takes a charge from Dave Bing during a 1974 Bulls-Pistons game. (Lane Stewart/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Detroit Pistons 

Athletics owner Charlie Finley poses with players (clockwise from top left) Rollie Fingers (34), Joe Rudi (26), Vida Blue (14), Gene Tenace (18), Bert Campaneris (19), Jim Catfish Hunter (27), Sal Bando (6), and Reggie Jackson (9) during a 1974 SI photo shoot. The team would win the World Series a couple months later. Can this year’s squad bring another championship to Oakland? (Neil Leifer/SI)

VERDUCCI: Oakland reminds us of why we love baseball
SI VAULT: Catfish Hunter leads A’s into playoffs (10.7.74)

Athletics owner Charlie Finley poses with players (clockwise from top left) Rollie Fingers (34), Joe Rudi (26), Vida Blue (14), Gene Tenace (18), Bert Campaneris (19), Jim Catfish Hunter (27), Sal Bando (6), and Reggie Jackson (9) during a 1974 SI photo shoot. The team would win the World Series a couple months later. Can this year’s squad bring another championship to Oakland? (Neil Leifer/SI)
VERDUCCI: Oakland reminds us of why we love baseballSI VAULT: Catfish Hunter leads A’s into playoffs (10.7.74)

On this day in 1974, Angels hurler Nolan Ryan struck out 15 batters and gave up zero hits in a 4-0 victory over the Twins. It was the third of Ryan’s seven career no-hitters. (John Iacono/SI)

SI VAULT: Ryan hits 100.8 mph, fastest ever recorded for a pitcher (9.16.74)

On this day in 1974, Angels hurler Nolan Ryan struck out 15 batters and gave up zero hits in a 4-0 victory over the Twins. It was the third of Ryan’s seven career no-hitters. (John Iacono/SI)
SI VAULT: Ryan hits 100.8 mph, fastest ever recorded for a pitcher (9.16.74)

Muhammad Ali stares down George Foreman during their 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” in Zaire. Ali won by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Muhammad Ali Photos | Heaviest Boxing Champions

Muhammad Ali stares down George Foreman during their 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” in Zaire. Ali won by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Muhammad Ali Photos | Heaviest Boxing Champions

Dave Bing glides to the hoop during a 1974 Sonics-Pistons game. (Lane Stewart/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Detroit Pistons | Seattle SuperSonics

Dave Bing glides to the hoop during a 1974 Sonics-Pistons game. (Lane Stewart/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Detroit Pistons | Seattle SuperSonics

SI photographer Neil Leifer captures the aerial view of Ken Norton on the ropes after being knocked down by George Foreman in the second round of their 1974 fight. Norton was knocked down three times in two rounds, giving a TKO victory to Foreman. (Neil Leifer/SI)

SI VAULT: Foreman easily disposes of Norton (4.8.74)

SI photographer Neil Leifer captures the aerial view of Ken Norton on the ropes after being knocked down by George Foreman in the second round of their 1974 fight. Norton was knocked down three times in two rounds, giving a TKO victory to Foreman. (Neil Leifer/SI)
SI VAULT: Foreman easily disposes of Norton (4.8.74)

North Carolina State’s David Thompson grabs a rebound during a 1974 NCAA Tournament game against Maryland. Thompson would be named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after leading the Wolfpack to its first national championship. (John D. Hanlon/SI)

WOLFF: College Basketball’s All-Time Thrill List

North Carolina State’s David Thompson grabs a rebound during a 1974 NCAA Tournament game against Maryland. Thompson would be named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after leading the Wolfpack to its first national championship. (John D. Hanlon/SI)
WOLFF: College Basketball’s All-Time Thrill List

Muhammad Ali and George Foreman battle against the ropes during their Oct. 1974 fight in Zaire. Ali won after knocking out Foreman in the eighth round. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: The Best of Muhammad Ali | Athletes In Business

Muhammad Ali and George Foreman battle against the ropes during their Oct. 1974 fight in Zaire. Ali won after knocking out Foreman in the eighth round. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: The Best of Muhammad Ali | Athletes In Business

Patriots quarterback Jim Plunkett looks for an open receiver during a 1974 game against the Rams at Foxboro Stadium. SI’s Don Banks has made his AFC East predictions and New England, who has finished first nine of the past 11 years, is in position to make another Super Bowl run. (Neil Leifer/SI)

BANKS: Patriots favored to win AFC East yet again | Notes on all 32 NFL teams

Patriots quarterback Jim Plunkett looks for an open receiver during a 1974 game against the Rams at Foxboro Stadium. SI’s Don Banks has made his AFC East predictions and New England, who has finished first nine of the past 11 years, is in position to make another Super Bowl run. (Neil Leifer/SI)
BANKS: Patriots favored to win AFC East yet again | Notes on all 32 NFL teams

Johnny Rutherford makes pit stop during the 1974 Indianapolis 500. Rutherford, in his eleventh attempt, would wind up winning the race. (John G. Zimmerman/SI)

GALLERY: The 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500

Johnny Rutherford makes pit stop during the 1974 Indianapolis 500. Rutherford, in his eleventh attempt, would wind up winning the race. (John G. Zimmerman/SI)
GALLERY: The 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500

Phil Esposito and Phil Russell drop the gloves (with Keith Magnuson in the background) during a 1974 Bruins-Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Boston Bruins 

Phil Esposito and Phil Russell drop the gloves (with Keith Magnuson in the background) during a 1974 Bruins-Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of the Boston Bruins