Sports Birthdays for June 28 — John Elway and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on June 28:
Profession: Retired NASCAR Driver / Current Team Owner
Best Known For: A winner of 50 career races in the 1950s and 1960s, Junior Johnson was one of NASCAR’s first driving stars. Johnson later became a NASCAR racing team owner, sponsoring drivers Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip as they went on to win three championships each from 1976 to 1985. Johnson was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Chuck Howley was an outstanding linebacker for the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys from 1958 to 1973. The Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl V for the Cowboys, Howley is the only player from a losing team ever to win the award. He was on the Dallas team that won Super Bowl VI the following year.
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: An all-star selection in 1967, former major league pitcher Al Downing is best remembered for giving up Hank Aaron’s 715th career home run in 1974, allowing Aaron to move past Babe Ruth into first place on the all-time career home runs list. Downing finished his career with 123 wins.
Profession: Retired MLB Player / Current Coach
Best Known For: The American League’s Most Valuable Player in 1979, Don Baylor was an underrated slugger who played with the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, California Angels, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins. During a career that lasted from 1970 to 1988, Baylor hit 338 career home runs. Since his retirement, Baylor has served as both a coach and manager. He was the first manager of the Colorado Rockies in 1993, winning the National League Manager of the Year in 1995 when the team made the playoffs. Baylor also managed the Chicago Cubs from 2000 to 2002. He currently serves as hitting coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Profession: Retired NFL Player / Current NFL Executive
Best Known For: A nine-time Pro Bowl selection, John Elway is considered by many experts to be among the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Playing his entire career from 1983 to 1998 with the Denver Broncos, Elway led the team to five Super Bowls, including back-to-back victories in Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII. He was the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XXXII, his final game. Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004. He currently serves as the executive vice president of football operations for the Broncos.
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: One of the most successful college basketball players in history, Bobby Hurley won back-to-back NCAA championships at Duke University in 1991 and 1992. Hurley was a member of the Duke team that halted the run of undefeated UNLV in the Final Four in 1991. Hurley was named Most Valuable Player of the 1992 Final Four. He was selected in the first round of the 1993 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. While with the Kings, Hurley suffered life threatening injuries in a car accident in December of 1993. He returned to play in 1994, but was never as successful an NBA player as he was in college. He is currently an associate head coach at the University of Rhode Island.
Profession: MLB Player
Best Known For: A two-time All-Star, Cincinnati Reds’ infielder Brandon Phillips is one of the best second-basemen in the National League. Phillips has won three Gold Glove Awards and the Silver Slugger Award in 2011 as the best offensive player in the National League at his position.