Sports Birthdays for June 9 — Dick Vitale and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on June 9:
Best Known For: Virtually synonymous with NCAA basketball, Dick Vitale transitioned from being a college and pro basketball coach to one of the most recognized basketball analysts in the country. He called the first college basketball game on ESPN in 1979 and has since seen his catchphrases like ‘Awesome, baby!’ become known to all college basketball fans. Vitale was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 for his contributions to the sport.
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: A seven-time All-Star and two-time batting champion, Dave Parker was one of the most productive offensive players during his Major League Baseball career from 1973-1991. Parker won the National League Most Valuable Player award while with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1978 and finished in the top five of MVP balloting four other times. He won World Series titles with the Pirates in 1979 and with the Oakland A’s in 1989. He has served as a coach and instructor for several teams since retiring as a player in 1991.
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A two-time All-Pro selection, linebacker Tedy Bruschi was the anchor of a New England Patriots defense that helped the team win three Super Bowls from 2002-2005. Prior to his NFL career, Bruschi was a two-time All-American at the University of Arizona. He now works as a broadcast analyst on football games for ESPN.
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: Jeff Saturday is a five-time Pro Bowl center who currently plays for the Green Bay Packers. Saturday is perhaps best known for having played center for the Indianapolis Colts from 1999-2011. While with the Colts, Saturday helped protect quarterback Peyton Manning during an incredibly successful stretch of seasons for the team, including winning a Super Bowl championship in 2007.
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: Udonis Haslem is a starting power forward on the Miami Heat, whom he has played with since 2003. He made the NBA All-Rookie second team in 2004 and was part of the Heat team that won the NBA title in 2006. Haslem was suspended for a game during that championship run for throwing his mouthpiece at referee Joe Crawford. Haslem played college basketball at the University of Florida. He was a member of the team that lost the NCAA title game to Michigan State in 2000.