Sports Birthdays for June 4 – Evan Lysacek and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on June 4:
Profession: Former Major League Baseball Player / Current Coach
Best Known For: With an unorthodox catching style of squatting on just his right leg with his left leg extended, Tony Pena was a five-time all-star and four-time Gold Glove Award-winning catcher during his 18-year Major League Baseball career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and five other teams. Since retiring as a player in 1997, Pena has gone into coaching, serving as manager of the Kansas City Royals from 2002-2005. He won the 2003 American League Manager of the Year Award. He is currently a coach for the New York Yankees.
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: Known by many NBA fans as the X-Man, Xavier McDaniel was an NBA All-Star who finished second to Patrick Ewing in the 1985-86 NBA Rookie of the Year balloting. In his senior year at Wichita State (’84-’85), McDaniel became the first player ever to lead the nation in both scoring (27.4) and rebounding (15.0). He was a consensus NCAA All-American in 1985. He also had a cameo in the 1992 movie “Singles” and on the Fox TV show “Married…with Children.”
Profession: Retired Tennis Player
Best Known For: Once the youngest player ever to be seeded at Wimbledon, Andrea Jaeger was the world’s No. 2-ranked women’s tennis player in 1981. She recorded eight career singles championships, but lost in the only two Grand Slam singles finals in which she appeared (Wimbledon in 1983 and the French Open in 1982). She retired in 1985 at age 19 because of a major shoulder injury. Jaeger became an Anglican Dominican nun in 2006 at the age of 41. She reportedly left the order in 2009.
Profession: Retired NHL PLayer
Best Known For: A bruising NHL defenseman, Derian Hatcher captained the Dallas Stars to a Stanley Cup Championship in 1999. During his 16 NHL seasons, Hatcher played for the Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers, whom he served as captain for in 2006. Hatcher retired in 2009 with 80 goals and 331 points during his career. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.
Profession: Figure Skater
Best Known For: American Evan Lysacek was the 2010 Olympic gold medalist in men’s figure skating. Lysacek was selected by the United States Olympic Committee as its SportsMan of the Year for 2010. Prior to the 2010 Olympics, Lysacek was the 2009 world champion and the 2007 and 2008 U.S. national champion. Lysacek was also a contestant on the celebrity talent competition show “Dancing with the Stars” during Season 10. He and dance partner Anna Trebunskaya finished second.