Sports Birthdays for September 22 — Tommy Lasorda and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on September 22:
Profession: Retired MLB Manager / Player
Best Known For: Affiliated with the Dodgers organization for more than 60 years as a player, coach, manager and advisor, Tommy Lasorda is a pillar of the franchise. After a short playing career with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Kansas City Athletics from 1954 to 1956, Lasorda scouted and coached in the Dodgers’ minor league system. He served as the team’s third base coach in the early 1970s before taking over for Walter Alston in 1976. He managed the team to 1,599 wins and World Series championships in 1981 and 1988. Lasorda was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. Lasorda also managed the 2000 US men’s baseball team to a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Sydney.
Profession: Retired NCAA Coach
Best Known For: A winner of 11 Pac-10 titles and one NCAA championship, Lute Olson coached the University of Arizona men’s basketball team from 1983 to 2008. Prior to coaching at Arizona, Olson coached at Long Beach State and Iowa, where he led the Hawkeyes to the 1980 Final Four.
Profession: NBA Commissioner
Best Known For: David Stern has been the Commissioner of the National Basketball Association since 1984, leading the league through a rapid expansion of its popularity and reach. Seven new teams have been added under Stern’s tenure and another six have relocated. There have been four NBA lockouts while Stren has been commissioner.
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, Harold Carmichael played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1971 to 1983, before ending his career with the Dallas Cowboys in 1984. Carmichael was elected to the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team and led the league in receptions and receiving yards during the 1973 season.
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: A two-time All-Star outfielder known for his peerless speed, Vince Coleman played for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers from 1985 to 1997. Named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1985 while with the Cardinals, Coleman stole 110 bases in his first season and more than 100 in the next two seasons as well. He led the major leagues in steals four times. Coleman’s 752 career steals rank sixth all-time in MLB history.
Profession: MLB Manager / Retired Player
Best Known For: Mike Matheny is the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. A four-time Gold Glove Award winner during his playing career as a catcher, Matheny played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants from 1994 to 2006.