Sports Birthdays for November 30 — Bo Jackson and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on November 30:
Joe B. Hall
Profession: Retired College Basketball Coach
Best Known For: The successor to the legendary Adolph Rupp, Joe B. Hall was the head coach of the University of Kentucky basketball team from 1972 to 1985. The Wildcats won the NCAA title in 1978, the year that Hall was named National Coach of the Year.
Profession: Retired NBA Player / Coach
Best Known For: Paul Westphal has coached the Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics and Sacramento Kings, reaching the NBA Finals with the Suns in 1993. A five-time NBA All-Star guard, Westphal played with the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics and New York Knicks from 1972 to 1984. He was a member of the Celtics' team that won the NBA Finals in 1974.
Profession: Retired MLB and NFL Player
Best Known For: Winner of the Heisman Trophy at Auburn in 1985 and perhaps the most celebrated two-sport pro athlete in recent history, Bo Jackson was an outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and California Angels from 1986 to 1994. Jackson was also a running back for the Los Angeles Raiders from 1987 to 1990. Jackson was an All-Star outfielder for the Royals. He homered to lead off the 1989 All-Star Game. He was selected to the Pro Bowl as a running back for the Raiders in 1990. Nike began promoting its cross-training sneaker line with the 'Bo Knows' campaign to capitalize on Jackson's versatility. A hip injury he suffered in the AFC playoffs in 1991 prematurely ended Jackson's football career.
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: A 14-time All-Star catcher nicknamed 'Pudge,' Ivan Rodriguez played for the Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals from 1991 to 2011. He won 13 Gold Glove Awards for his defense behind the plate and seven Sliver Slugger Awards as the best offensive player in the league at his position. Rodriguez was named the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1999 while with the Rangers. Rodriguez was a member of the Marlins' team that won the World Series in 2003.
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: A member of the Argentinian team that won the gold medal in basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Andrés Nocioni played with the Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers from 2004 to 2012. He currently plays professional basketball in Spain, as he did prior to the 2004 Summer Games.