Sports Birthdays for October 2 — Tyson Chandler and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on October 2:
Profession: Retired MLB Player / Manager
Best Known For: A five-time All-Star shortstop, Maury Wills played with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Montreal Expos from 1959 to 1972. A consistent base-stealing threat, Wills led the National League in steals every year from 1960 to 1965. He won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1962. Wills was on the Dodgers’ teams that won the World Series in 1959, 1963 and 1965. He managed the Seattle Mariners in 1980 and 1981.
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A two-time Pro Bowl quarterback, Mark Rypien played for seven NFL teams, with the bulk of his time spent as a member of the Washington Redskins. Rypien was on the Redskins’ teams that won Super Bowls XXII and XXVI. He was named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXVI. Rypien briefly was a NASCAR team owner in the mid-2000s.
Profession: Retired Tennis Player
Best Known For: The winner of the 1998 Wimbledon women’s singles title, Jana Novotná also won 12 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles and four Grand Slam mixed doubles titles during her career from 1986 to 1999. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005.
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: A skilled guard, Aaron McKie played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers from 1994 to 2008. McKie was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2001 while with the 76ers, as the team made its most recent NBA Finals appearance. He was named the Atlantic-10 Conference Player of the Year while playing at Temple in 1993.
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: Tyson Chandler is a center for the New York Knicks. Since making his NBA debut in 2001, Chandler has played with the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets, Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks and Knicks. Chandler was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. He was a member of the Mavericks’ team that won the 2011 NBA title. Chandler was a member of the US men’s basketball team that won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.