Sports Birthdays for June 12 — Marv Albert and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on June 12:
Best Known For: Known for his distinguished play-by-play of all sports, Marv Albert is a broadcaster who first came to prominence calling New York Knicks games from 1967 to 2004. Albert has since been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the game, including handling NBA broadcast duties for NBC from 1990-2002. Albert has called seven Stanley Cup Finals, six Super Bowls and the NBA Finals. He was embroiled in a sexual assault scandal in 1997, which caused NBC to fire him. The network brought him back in 2000.
Profession: Retired Olympic Gold Medalist
Best Known For: American Gwen Torrence was a gold medal-winning sprinter who finished first in the 200 meter dash in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. She was also a part of the winning 4 x 100 meter relay team at the ’92 Olympics. Torrence was also a member of the 4 x 100 meter relay team that won gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: A consensus All-American at Villanova in 1996, Kerry Kittles played in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers from 1996-2005. He made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 1997 and was part of the New Jersey Nets teams that made consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. Kittles holds the Villanova University record for most points scored, with 2,243.
Profession: MLB Player
Best Known For: A perennial all-star in Japanese baseball leagues prior to coming to the US, Hideki Matsui is a designated hitter and outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays. His best Major League Baseball years came as a member of the New York Yankees, with whom he won a World Series title in 2009. Matsui was the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 World Series.
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: Dallas Clark is an All-Pro tight end who had his best years with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. He now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During his career, Clark has caught 427 passes for 4,887 yards and 46 touchdowns. Many of the scores came from former Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning, who considered Clark a preferred target. Clark was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and a consensus first-team All-American while at the University of Iowa.