Sports Birthdays for June 29 — Dan Dierdorf and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on June 29:
Profession: Retired U.S. Olympian
Best Known For: A three-time world champion figure skater, American David Jenkins won the men’s gold medal for figure skating during the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, CA.
Profession: Retired NFL Player / Broadcaster
Best Known For: A six-time Pro Bowl selection at offensive tackle while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1971 to 1983, Dan Dierdorf is currently one of America’s best known broadcast analysts. Dierdorf has served as a commentator on ‘Monday Night Football’ broadcasts, CBS Sports’ NFL coverage and various college football telecasts. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: A five-time All-Star, Pedro Guerrero was part of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ team that won the 1981 World Series. Along with Ron Cey and Steve Yeager, Guerrero was named co-Most Valuable Player of the 1981 World Series. Guerrero had a career batting average of .300 from 1978 to 1992 while playing with the Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals.
Profession: Retired NHL Player
Best Known For: Theoren Fleury was a scrappy, diminutive hockey player who played in seven NHL All-Star games and scored more than 1,000 points in his career. Fleury was on the Calgary Flames’ team that won the Stanley Cup in 1989, and he won a gold medal with Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Off the ice, Fleury struggled with drug addiction, which shortened his NHL career. He also admitted to being sexually abused by one of his junior league hockey coaches and has since become an advocate for victims of sexual abuse.
Martin Truex Jr.
Profession: NASCAR Driver
Best Known For: Currently driving the No. 56 for Michael Waltrip Racing, Martin Truex Jr., is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. Truex was a Nationwide Series champion in both 2004 and 2005. He is currently ninth in the 2012 Sprint Cup Series standings.
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: Joe Johnson is a six-time NBA All-Star, who has played with the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks during his NBA career from 2001 to the present. After leaving the University of Arkansas after two years, Johnson was drafted 10th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2001 NBA Draft. While in college, Johnson became the first freshman to lead Arkansas in both scoring and rebounding.