Sports Birthdays for July 10 — Urban Meyer and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on July 10:
Profession: Retired Boxing Champion
Best Known For: Nicknamed ‘The Raging Bull,’ which later served as the title of a movie about his life, Jake LaMotta was the middleweight champion of the world from 1949 to 1950. La Motta fought former welterweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson six times, giving him his first professional loss in their second fight. LaMotta later admitted to throwing a 1947 fight with Billy Fox to be seen in a positive light with organized crime, which helped him get the title bout that led to his championship. Actor Robert De Niro played LaMotta in the Martin Scorsese-directed film about his life. In 106 fights, LaMotta was only knocked down once, in 1952, by Danny Nardico.
Profession: Retired Tennis Player
Best Known For: A winner of three Grand Slam titles in her 19-year career, Virginia Wade is the last British tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title. Wade won the 1977 Wimbledon championship at the All England Club by defeating Betty Stove. She has served as an analyst on tennis broadcasts since her retirement. Wade was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1989.
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: An eight-time All-Star selection, Andre Dawson was a power-hitting outfielder during his career with the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins from 1976 to 1996. Nicknamed ‘The Hawk,’ Dawson collected eight Gold Glove Awards, the 1977 National League Rookie of the Year Award and the 1987 National League Most Valuable Player Award.
Dawson finished his career with 438 home runs, 314 stolen bases and 1,591 RBI. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Roger Craig was a running back on three Super Bowl-winning teams for the San Francisco 49ers (XIX, XXIII, XXIV). During his playing career from 1983 to 1993, Craig played with the 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders and Minnesota Vikings. In 1986, Craig became the first player in NFL history to gain at least 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season. He was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 1988.
Profession: College Football Coach
Best Known For: Currently the head football coach at Ohio State, Urban Meyer previously served as head coach at Bowling Green (2001-02), Utah (2003-04) and at the University of Florida from 2005 to 2010. Meyer coached the Florida Gators to BCS national championships in 2006 and 2008. He retired after the 2010 season, but decided to return to coaching in late 2011.