Sports Birthdays for July 28 — Manu Ginóbili and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on July 28:
Profession: Retired NBA Player / U.S. Senator
Best Known For: A defensive stalwart and NBA All-Star, Bill Bradley was a key player on NBA championship teams for the New York Knicks in 1970 and 1973. In his 11-year playing career for the Knicks, Bradley averaged 12.4 points per game. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983. Prior to joining the Knicks, Bradley was a two-time Consensus NCAA All-American at Princeton. After leaving the NBA, Bradley was elected as a U.S. Senator from New Jersey three times from 1979 to 1997. He unsuccessfully campaigned for the Democratic nomination for president in 2000.
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: A six-time All-Star, Vida Blue pitched for the Oakland A’s, San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals from 1969 to 1983. He is one of eight pitchers in history to win both the Cy Young Award and the Most Valuable Player Award in the same year (1971). Blue is also one of four pitchers in history to start an All-Star Game for both the American and the National League (Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and Roy Halladay ). Blue was a key member of the Oakland A’s teams that won three consecutive World Series championships from 1972 to 1974.
Profession: Retired NBA Player / NBA Coach
Best Known For: A four-time NBA All-Star as a player, Doug Collins has gone on to successful careers in coaching and broadcasting. After being the No. 1 overall pick in the 1973 NBA Draft, Collins played his entire NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers from 1973 to 1981, averaging 17.9 points per game. As the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1986 to 1989, Collins was the first NBA coach of Michael Jordan. He has also coached the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers, with whom he is currently employed. Collins was a member of the 1972 US men’s basketball team that lost a controversial gold medal game to the Soviet Union at the Summer Olympics in Munich.
Profession: Sports Executive / Promoter
Best Known For: A lifelong boxing and fight fan, Dana White is the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the world’s best known and most watched mixed martial arts organization. Dana and his brother Frank bought the UFC in 2002. In 2011, White helped the rapidly growing UFC land a long-term, multimillion dollar TV contract with Fox.
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: A two-time All-Star guard, Manu Ginóbili is one of the most versatile players in the NBA, averaging 15.2 points and 3.9 assists over his 10-year career. Having played his entire NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs, Ginóbili was a key contributor to NBA championship teams in 2003, 2005 and 2007. He was selected the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2008. A native of Argentina, Ginóbili helped lead his country to the Olympic gold medal in Athens in 2004.
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: A two-time Pro Bowl linebacker, DeMeco Ryans was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2006 while playing with the Houston Texans. Houston traded Ryans to the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2011 season. While in college at Alabama, Ryans was a unanimous All-American in 2005.
Profession: NHL Player
Best Known For: An NHL All-Star and rising talent, Zach Parise is a left wing for the Minnesota Wild. Parise signed with Minnesota after playing for the New Jersey Devils from 2005 to 2012. Parise was a member of the United States’ hockey team that won the silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Prior to the Americans’ overtime loss in the gold medal game against Canada, Parise scored a game-tying goal with 24 seconds left in regulation.