Sports Birthdays for July 24 — Barry Bonds and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on July 24:
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A five-time Pro Bowl defensive end, WIllie Davis played with the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers from 1958 to 1969. Selected to the NFL’s 1960s All-Decade Team, Davis played on the Packers’ teams that won the NFL title in 1961, 1962, 1965 and Super Bowl I and II. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981.
Profession: Retired Jockey
Best Known For: The first-ever female jockey to win a Triple Crown race, Julie Krone retired in 2004 with 3,704 wins. Krone won the 1993 Belmont Stakes aboard Colonial Affair, marking the first time a woman had ever won a Triple Crown race. In 2000, Krone became the first woman inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: Nicknamed ‘The Mailman’ for his consistent delivery of points on the basketball court, Karl Malone was a 14-time NBA All-Star power forward while playing for the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers from 1985 to 2004. A winner of the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award in both 1997 and 1999, Malone’s 36,298 career points are the second most in NBA history. Malone was a member of the U.S. national team that won the gold medal at both the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: Baseball’s all-time career home run leader, Barry Bonds was a seven-time National League MVP, 14-time All-Star and 12-time Silver Slugger Award winner with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants from 1986 to 2007. In 2001, Bonds set the major league record for home runs in a season with 73. In 2007, Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s career home runs record by hitting his 756th home run.; he finished his career with 762. Bonds is the only player ever to hit 500 home runs and steal 500 bases. In 2003, Bonds was implicated in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) scandal, in which his trainer, Greg Anderson, later admitted to providing athletes with steroids and other performance enhancing substances. Bonds testified about BALCO to a grand jury in 2003, and he was later indicted on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice in regard to that testimony. Bonds was convicted on the obstruction of justice charge in 2011 and sentenced to 30 days of house arrest. He has yet to serve the sentence pending an appeal.
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: A member of the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers from 1991 to 2004, Rick Fox played for Lakers’ teams that won NBA championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002. In addition to basketball, Fox has had a career in entertainment, appearing in such films as ‘Eddie,’ ‘He Got Game’ and ‘Blue Chips,’ as well as being a contestant on the reality TV competition ‘Dancing With The Stars’ in 2010. He was married to actress Vanessa Williams from 1999 to 2004.