Sports Birthdays for October 8 — Matt Biondi and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on October 8:
Profession: Retired Tennis Player
Best Known For: Once the world’s No. 2-ranked singles player, Fred Stolle won two Grand Slam singles finals and lost five others from 1963 to 1965. He was a member of the Australian team that won the Davis Cup title in 1964, 1965 and 1966. Stolle was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.
Profession: Former US Olympian
Best Known For: An 11-time Olympic medal winner, Matt Biondi swam for the United States in the Summer Olympics in 1984, 1988 and 1992. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Biondi won five gold medals. He has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: Winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1994 while at Colorado, Rashaan Salaam played for the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns in the NFL from 1995 to 1999.
Profession: NHL Player
Best Known For: Raffi Torres is a left wing for the Phoenix Coyotes. Since debuting in 2001, Torres has also played with the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks. Torres was suspended for 25 games for his vicious hit on Marian Hossa in Game 3 of the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Profession: Motorsports Competitor
Best Known For: Travis Pastrana is a multiple winner of medals at the X-Games in supercross, motocross, freestyle motocross, and rally racing. He also competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Pastrana set a world record for ramp-to-ramp car jump in 2010.
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: Domenik Hixon is a wide receiver for the New York Giants. He has played in the NFL since 2006, when he was drafted by the Denver Broncos. Hixon was on the Giants’ teams that won Super Bowl XLII and XLVI.