Sports Birthdays for October 3 — Dennis Eckersley and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on October 3:
Profession: Retired NHL Player
Best Known For: A 13-time All-Star and three-time winner of the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goalie, Glen Hall played for the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues from 1951 to 1971. Often called ‘Mr. Goalie,’ Hall was the first pro goaltender to use the butterfly-style of goalkeeping. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s rookie of the year in 1956. Hall once played in 502 consecutive complete games, an NHL record for goalies. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the NHL playoffs in 1968 with the St. Louis Blues. Hall was on the Red Wings’ team that won the Stanley Cup in 1952 and the Blackhawks’ team that won the title in 1961. Hall allowed Bobby Orr’s Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime of the 1970 finals. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: A 12-time All-Star outfielder, Dave Winfield played for the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians from 1973 to 1995. Winfield won seven Gold Glove Awards and six Silver Slugger Awards as the best offensive player at his position. In college at Minnesota, Winfield played both baseball and basketball. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.
Profession: Retired MLB Player / Broadcaster
Best Known For: A six-time All-Star pitcher, Dennis Eckersley played for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals. After a solid career as a starter, Eckersley converted to a reliever with Oakland and became one of the best closers in history. He was a member of the Athletics’ team that won the World Series in 1989. Eckerlsey won both the American League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards in 1992. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004. He is currently an analyst on baseball broadcasts.
Profession: Pro Golfer
Best Known For: Fred Couples is a former world No. 1-ranked golfer who has won 15 PGA Tour events — including the 1992 Masters — since turning pro in 1980. Couples was nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’ because of his prodigious drives. He has won the Skins Game golf event five times.
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: Anquan Boldin is a wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens. Since being selected in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Boldin has played with the Arizona Cardinals and Ravens. He was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2003 and has made three Pro Bowl appearances. While playing for the Cardinals in 2008, Boldin was carried off the field after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Eric Smith of the New York Jets.