Sports Birthdays for October 19 — Evander Holyfield and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on October 19:
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: Nicknamed ‘Jellybean,’ Joe Bryant was an NBA forward who played with the Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers and Houston Rockets from 1975 to 1983. He is the father of NBA player Kobe Bryant. After leaving the NBA, Joe Bryant played professionally in Europe for nearly a decade. He has had two stints as head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.
Profession: Retired Race Car Driver
Best Known For: A two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, Didier Theys was a successful race car driver on various circuits from 1982 to 2009. Theys competed in the CART series from 1987 to 1993.
Profession: Retired Boxer
Best Known For: A world champion in both the heavyweight and and cruiserweight divisions, Evander Holyfield had a professional boxing record of 44-10-2 from 1984 to 2012. He won the bronze medal as a light heavyweight at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He became heavyweight champ after defeating Buster Douglas in 1990. Among the fighters Holyfield defeated in his career were Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer and Michael Moorer. In his second fight against Tyson, Holyfield had a piece of his ear bitten off by the former champion.
Profession: Retired NBA Player / NASCAR Broadcaster
Best Known For: A five-time NBA All-Star, Brad Daugherty played for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1986 to 1994. He was the first-overall selection of the 1986 NBA Draft. Daugherty played college basketball at North Carolina. An avid racing fan, Daugherty once co-owned a NASCAR Truck Series team. He currently provides commentary on several racing-related TV shows.
Profession: MLB Player
Best Known For: Michael Young is an infielder/designated hitter for the Texas Rangers, with whom he has played since 2000. A seven-time All-Star, Young won the American League batting crown in 2005. He is the Rangers’ all-time leader in games played, at bats, hits, doubles, triples, runs and total bases.