Sports Birthdays for August 2 — Tim Wakefield and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on August 2:
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: An All-Star pitcher, Tim Wakefield used the knuckleball to win 200 games during his major league career from 1992 to 2011 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox . In 1992, Wakefield went 8-1 for the Pirates, adding two more wins in the National League Championship Series. After a few mediocre seasons, Wakefield landed in Boston where he became the 1995 American League Comeback Player of the Year. He became a mainstay on the Red Sox pitching staff and was on both the 2004 and 2007 World Series-winning teams. Wakefield finished his Red Sox career in third place on the club’s all-time wins list behind only Roger Clemens and Cy Young.
Profession: Retired NHL Player
Best Known For: A five-time All-Star right wing, Tony Amonte played in the NHL from 1991 to 2007 with the New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers and Calgary Flames. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1992. Amonte scored the game-winning goal in the gold medal game of the 1996 World Cup tournament, allowing Team USA to defeat Team Canada.
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A reliable defensive tackle, Paul Grasmanis played in the NFL from 1996 to 2005 with the Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles.
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: An All-Pro safety, Kerry Rhodes has played in the NFL since 2005 for the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. In 2010, Rhodes was the NFC interception return yards leader, returning four picks for 174 yards. He has been a guest on several national TV shows, including ‘The Martha Stewart Show,’ ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,’ ‘ The Biggest Loser’ and more.
Profession: MLB PLayer
Best Known For: A three-time All-Star outfielder, Grady Sizemore has played for the Cleveland Indians since 2004. A winner of Gold Glove awards in 2007 and 2008, Sizemore also hit 30 home runs and stole 30 bases in 2008. Since 2009, injuries have prevented Sizemore from playing a full major league season.