Sports Birthdays for July 26 — Dorothy Hamill and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on July 26:
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: An 11-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, Bob Lilly was one of the best defensive linemen in NFL history. He played from 1961 to 1974 with the Dallas Cowboys. Lilly was named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and was a member of the Dallas team that won Super Bowl VI . Lilly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
Profession: Retired Figure Skater
Best Known For: With a signature bob haircut that became an American fad in the 1970s, Dorothy Hamill won the gold medal in figure skating at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. She also won the 1976 World and U.S. championships to sweep the three most prized skating competitions. Hamill invented the Hamill Camel — a camel spin that turns into a sit spin. Decades later Hamill is still “America’s Sweetheart’ and a much beloved sports personality.
Profession: Retired Olympic Wreslter
Best Known For: After recovering from the removal of his spleen and appendix due to Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Jeff Blatnick won the gold medal in the super heavyweight class of Greco-Roman wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Prior to his Olympic feat, Blatnick won NCAA Division II heavyweight wrestling championships in 1978 and 1979 while at Springfield College in Massachusetts. He later served as a broadcast analyst for Ultimate Fighting Championships matches.
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: The first overall pick of the 1995 NBA Draft, Joe Smith has played with a record-tying 12 NBA teams during his long career. After being named College Player of the Year at Maryland in 1995, Smith was chosen first by the Golden State Warriors and later named to the 1995–96 All-Rookie Team.
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: A sometimes lethal outside shooter, Delonte West has played shooting guard for the Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks since 2004. While in college at St. Joseph’s, West teamed with point guard Jameer Nelson to lead the Hawks to a 30-2 record and an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight. In 2009, West was arrested on weapons charges after police found him in possession of three high-powered guns during a traffic stop. West plead guilty and was sentenced to electronic monitoring, community service and psychological counseling.