Sports Birthdays for November 20 — Mark Gastineau and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on November 20:
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: A two-time All-Star outfielder, Rick Monday played for the Kansas City / Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1966 to 1984. He was a member of the Dodgers’ team that won the World Series in 1981. While playing for the Cubs in 1976, Monday prevented two protestors from burning the American flag on the field of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. In 1981, Monday hit a go-ahead, two-out, solo home run for the Dodgers in the ninth inning of the fifth and deciding game of the National League Championship Series against the Montreal Expos.
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A five-time Pro Bowl defensive end, Mark Gastineau played for the New York Jets from 1979 to 1988. An exceptional pass rusher, Gastineau led the NFL in sacks in 1983 and 1984 as part of the ‘New York Sack Exchange’ with Joe Klecko, Marty Lyons and Abdul Salaam. Gastineau is one of the first players to have a ‘sack dance.’ He had a publicized relationship with actress Brigitte Nielsen in the late 1980s. Gastineau had a brief boxing career after he retired from pro football. His ex-wife Lisa Gastineau and daughter Brittny Gastineau starred in the reality television show, ‘The Gastineau Girls.’
J. D. Drew
Profession: MLB Player
Best Known For: J. D. Drew is an All-Star outfielder who has played with the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox from 1998 to 2011. Drew was the second-overall pick in the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, but he never signed with team and re-entered the draft in 1998. The Philadelphia fans never forgot being jilted and have booed Drew throughout his career. He was a member of the Red Sox team that won the World Series in 2007. Drew played college baseball at Florida State, becoming the first college player ever to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a season. His younger brother, Stephen, is also a MLB player.
Profession: Retired Olympic Gymnast
Best Known For: A 10-year member of the U.S. gymnastics team, Dominique Dawes was a member of the gold-medal winning “Magnificent Seven” at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Dawes competed in three Olympics and won an individual bronze medal in the floor exercise in 1996, as well as bronze medals in the team competition both at Barcelona in 1992 and Sydney in 2000.
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: A two-time NBA All-Star forward, Carlos Boozer has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls from 2002 to 2012. He played college basketball at Duke, where he was a member of the NCAA Men’s Division I national champions in 2001. Boozer played on the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team, winning a gold medal in Beijing in 2008 and a bronze in Athens in 2004.