Sports Birthdays for June 3 – Rafael Nadal and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on June 3:
Profession: Retired Major League Baseball Player
Best Known For: Steve Dalkowski is said to have been one of the fastest pitchers of all-time and the basis for Tim Robbins’ “Nuke” LaLoosh character in ‘Bull Durham.’ However, Dalkowski often had little control over his impressive arm strength. During his playing career from 1957-1965, Dalkowski struck out — and walked — more batters per nine-innings than any pitcher in professional baseball history.
Profession: Retired NBA Player/ Coach
Best Known For: Billy Cunningham was an All-American forward at North Carolina before moving on to the NBA. A five-time NBA All-Star, Cunningham won an NBA championship with the Philadelphia 76ers at both a player (1967) and a coach (1983), leading the team to NBA Finals three times: 1979-80, 1981-82 and 1982-83. He also won the ABA MVP while playing for the Carolina Cougars in 1972.
Profession: Major League Baseball Player
Best Known For: One of baseball’s Molina brothers (along with Bengie and Yadier), Jose Molina is a catcher with the Tampa Bay Rays. Better known for his defense than his offense, Molina has won World Series rings with the Angels (2002) and the Yankees (2009). He hit the last home run in the original Yankee Stadium on Sept. 21, 2008.
Profession: NASCAR Driver
Best Known For: Having won the 2002 UAW-GM Quality 500 as a substitute driver in only his second Sprint Cup start, Jamie McMurray is one of only three drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same year. Though he has six lifetime Cup victories, he has never finished higher than 11th in the season-ending standings.
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: Al Horford was a member of the back-to-back national championship teams for the University of Florida in 2006 and 2007. Selected with the third pick of the 2007 NBA Draft behind Greg Oden and Kevin Durant, Horford has become a two-time NBA All-Star for the Atlanta Hawks. He was elected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2008.
Profession: Tennis Player
Best Known For: Rafael Nadal is the current the second-ranked tennis player in the world. Nadal has won 10 Grand Slam tennis titles He has won a title at every Grand Slam event, including a record six French Open titles. Nadal also won the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles. Many regard Nadal to be the greatest clay court tennis player of all-time.