Sports Birthdays for June 11 — Joe Montana and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on June 11:
Profession: Retired Race Car Driver / Broadcaster
Best Known For: Jackie Stewart was a Formula One race car driver from 1965 to 1973. Stewart won three world driving championships from 1969 to 1973. He was named Sports Illustrated’s ‘Sportsman of the Year’ in 1973, becoming the only auto racer to win that title. Since retiring from racing, Stewart has gone on to a broadcast career, where his thick Scottish accent has distinguished his commentary on televised race broadcasts.
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: An eight-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time Super Bowl champion, Joe Montana is considered by many to be among the greatest quarterbacks in National Football League history. While winning all four Super Bowls as quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Montana was the game’s Most Valuable Player three times. He was the NFL MVP in 1989 and 1990. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, his first year of eligibility.
Profession: Retired Olympic Diver
Best Known For: Overcoming life-threatening injuries sustained when he was struck by a drunk driver in 1981, Bruce Kimball won a silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Four years later, he crashed into a crowd of teens while driving drunk just weeks before the 1988 Olympic trials, killing two boys in the accident. Kimball still participated in the trials, but he did not make the Olympic team. He served less than five years of a 17-year sentence for two counts of vehicular manslaughter.
Profession: Profesional Basketball Player
Best Known For: Diana Taurasi is one of the best women’s basketball players of all-time. Currently a member of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA, Taurasi was the WNBA MVP in 2009. She is a five-time all-star who won the WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2004. She was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team that won the gold medal at both the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. Prior to turing pro, Taurasi led the University of Connecticut to three consecutive NCAA championships from 2002 to 2004. She won the Naismith Award, given to the best player in the country, in 2003 and 2004.
Profession: MLB Player
Best Known For: A four-time all-star and reigning National League batting champion, Jose Reyes is the starting shortstop for the Miami Marlins. Prior to signing a six-year, $106 million contract with Miami in the past off-season, Reyes played for the New York Mets since 2003. He led Major League Baseball in steals in both 2006 and 2007 and has led all of baseball in triples four times.