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Sports Birthdays for August 6 — David Robinson and More

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Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on August 6:


Andy Messersmith
Age: 67
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: A four-time All-Star pitcher, Andy Messersmith pitched for the California Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees from 1968 to 1979. While playing for the Dodgers in 1975, Messersmith played the entire year without an agreed-upon contract while seeking a no-trade clause. Arbitrator Peter Seitz later ruled that because Messersmith had played without a deal, he was now a free agent, becoming baseball’s first player to escape the renewable reserve clause instituted by owners for decades.

Dale Ellis
Age: 52
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: A one-time NBA All-Star and feared outside shooter, Dale Ellis scored more than 19,000 points while playing from 1983 to 2000 with the Dallas Mavericks, Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets. He won the NBA Three-Point Shootout in 1989. While in college at Tennessee, Ellis was a consensus All-American in 1983.

David Robinson
Age: 47
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: A 10-time NBA All-Star nicknamed ‘The Admiral’ because of his naval background, center David Robinson was the face of the San Antonio Spurs’ franchise while he played for them from 1990 to 2003. After a stellar career at the US Naval Academy, Robinson was selected by the Spurs with the first overall pick of the 1987 NBA Draft. After completing his naval service, Robinson was named Rookie of the Year in 1990. He won the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award in 1995 and was part of the Spurs’ teams that won NBA titles in 1999 and 2003. Robinson was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. Robinson was also a member of the US men’s Olympic basketball team in 1988, 1992 and 1996, winning a bronze medal and two golds.

Mike Greenberg
Age: 45
Profession: Broadcaster
Best Known For: Mike Greenberg is a sports television personality. Along with Mike Golic, Greenberg hosts ESPN Radio’s ‘Mike and Mike in the Morning’ show.

Seneca Wallace
Age: 32
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: Seneca Wallace has played quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL since 2003. Wallace played his college football at Iowa State.

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