Sports Birthdays for August 20 — Don King and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on August 20:
Profession: Boxing Promoter
Best Known For: Characterized by his wild, white hair combed upward, Don King is arguably the most famous boxing promoter of all-time. King promoted ‘The Rumble in the Jungle,’ between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, and the ‘Thrilla in Manila,’ between Ali and Joe Frazier. King has also promoted championship fights of Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones, Jr. and many other boxers.
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: A six-time All-Star, Graig Nettles played for the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos from 1967 to 1988. A two-time Gold Glove Award-winner, Nettles was a member of the Yankees’ teams that won the World Series in 1977 and 1978. He finished his career with 390 home runs.
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: An outstanding defensive guard, Quinn Bucker played in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers from 1976 to 1986. He was a member of the Celtics’ team that won the 1984 NBA title. In college, Buckner played for the Indiana team that went undefeated while winning the 1976 NCAA championship. Buckner also played on the 1976 US Olympic team that won the gold medal.
Profession: MLB Player
Best Known For: Todd Helton is a five-time All-Star first-baseman who has played for the Colorado Rockies since his major league debut in 1997. Helton has won four Silver Slugger Awards and three Gold Gloves while setting Rockies’ team records in hits, home runs, doubles, walks, runs, RBIs and other categories. While in college at the University of Tennessee, Helton was named starting quarterback ahead of future NFL All-Pro Peyton Manning.
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: A former McDonald’s High School All-American, Jerryd Bayless plays guard for the Memphis Grizzlies. Bayless has also played with the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Hornets and Toronto Raptors since debuting in the NBA in 2008.