Sports Birthdays for November 1 — Fernando Valenzuela and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on November 1:
Profession: Retired NHL Coach
Best Known For: The coach of the New York Islanders’ teams that won four consecutive Stanley Cup titles from 1980 to 1983, Al Arbour guided the team from 1973 to 1986, 1988 to 1994 and briefly in 2007. Arbour also had an extensive playing career, winning the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 1954, Chicago in 1961 and with Toronto in 1962 and 1964. Arbour was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996.
Profession: Professional Wrestling Manager
Best Known For: Able to incite crowds with just a few words or his mere presence, Bobby Heenan was a wrestling manager and commentator from 1960 to 2000. Nicknamed ‘The Brain,’ Heenan worked for the American Wrestling Association (AWA), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Alongside Gorilla Monsoon, Heenan served as a color analyst for many of the WWF’s most watched events, including ‘Monday Night RAW.’
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: A six-time All-Star pitcher, Fernando Valenzuela played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals from 1980 to 1997. Beginning his rookie season with the Dodgers at 8–0 with five shutouts, Valenzuela’s starts received great attention, creating what the media termed ‘Fernandomania.’ He went on to win both the National League Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards in 1981, a year the Dodgers won the World Series. He finished his MLB career with 173 wins and more than 2,000 strikeouts.
Profession: Retired NHL Player
Best Known For: A rugged enforcer who recorded the third-most penalty minutes in NHL history, Tie Domi played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets from 1989 to 2006.
Profession: MLB Player
Best Known For: Coco Crisp is an outfielder for the Oakland A’s. He has played with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals and Athletics since his 2002 major league debut. Crisp was a member of the Red Sox team that won the World Series in 2007.