Sports Birthdays for July 25 — Billy Wagner and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on July 25:
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: A seven-time NBA All-Star, Nate Thurmond was a power forward and center for the San Francisco / Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers from 1963 to 1977. A superior rebounder and tenacious defender, Thurmond was a two-time selection to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team. In 1974, Thurmond recorded the first quadruple-double – double figures in points, rebounds, assists and blocks. He was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985.
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: Winner of the 1990 Cy Young Award, Doug Drabek was a successful major league pitcher with the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles from 1986 to 1998. Selected to the NL All-Star team in 1994, Drabek finished his career with 155 wins and a 3.73 earned run average. His son Kyle is a pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization.
Profession: Retired NHL Player / Coach
Best Known For: An NHL All-Star at left wing, Tony Granato played for the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks from 1988 to 2001. Granato was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship in 1997. He later went on to coach the Colorado Avalanche during two separate stints after his playing career. Granato is the brother of Hall of Fame hockey player Cammi Granato, one of the greatest women’s hockey players of all-time.
Profession: Retired NBA Player / Analyst
Best Known For: A journeyman shooting guard throughout his 14-year NBA career, Jon Barry played for eight NBA teams from 1992 to 2006. Barry is currently an analyst for basketball games on ABC and ESPN. He is the son of Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry.
Profession: Retired MLB Pitcher
Best Known For: A seven-time All-Star, Billy Wagner was a left-handed relief pitcher for the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves from 1995 to 2010. Wagner finished his career with 422 saves, the fifth highest total in MLB history. In 1998, while pitching for the Houston Astros, Wagner was struck in the head by a batted ball and was carried off the field. He recovered enough to be named the NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year in 1999.