Anthony Mason was born on December 14, 1966. Throughout his NBA career, Mason played on the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Miami Heat.
Some of Anthony Mason's career highlights include leading the league in minutes played in 1995-96 (3457; 42.2 pg). Mason was the winner of the NBA's Sixth Man Award as a member of the New York Knicks in 1994-95. Mason made his first All-Star appearance with the Miami Heat in 2001.
Today marks the 63rd birthday of Hall of Famer Michael Jack Schmidt. Born in Dayton, Ohio on September 27th, 1949, Schmidt is best remembered for his seventeen years of service with the Philadelphia Phillies in the 70s and 80s. Even after his retirement, Schmidt worked for the Phillies organization as a hitting coach and manager for its Single A team, the Clearwater Threshers.
Schmidt is an icon in the city of Philadelphia. He led the 1980 Phillies to a World Series Championship, the first and only Baseball World Championship in the city’s history at the time. His #20 jersey is retired by the team and he even has his own statue outside of Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia. Even nationally, Schmidt is regarded as one of, if not, the best third baseman to ever play the game. He combined freak athleticism with raw power at a position that was typically reserved for smaller, defensive oriented players.
Over seventeen seasons, Schmidt hit 548 home runs while winning ten gold glove awards. Until Schmidt, only Harmon Killebrew and Eddie Matthews hit 500+ homers as a third baseman, and Killebrew played more first base than third. Schmidt’s ten gold gloves only trails Brooks Robinson for most career gold gloves by a third baseman. Schmidt hit a career .267, knocked in 1,595 runs and scored 1,506 runs. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 as a first ballot selection.
Happy Birthday Mike!
Atanasio Perez Rigal, more commonly known as Tony Perez, was born on May 14, 1942 in Cuba. Perez played for the Cincinnati Reds (1964-76, 1984-86), Montreal Expos (1977-79), Boston Red Sox (1980-82), and the Philadelphia Phillies (1983). "Big Dog" Perez finished his career with a .279 batting average, 379 home runs, 1652 runs batted in and 1272 runs scored.
Perez was a seven time All-Star who was voted the Most Valuable Player of the 1967 All-Star Game. In addition, he received the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1980. In 2000, Perez was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and his number 24 was retired by the Cincinnati Reds. Tony Perez was also inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame.
Happy 23rd Birthday to Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers. The Oklahoma alum and 2009 first overall draft pick of the Clippers has made a huge impact on the NBA and has revitalized a dying franchise in just his second full season. The guy already has an ESPN Sports Science episode!
Here are some more Blake highlights…Welcome to the Blake Show:
Happy 23rd Blake!