This Week in STL Sports Birthdays


Monday — July 11
Leon Spinks (1953)
We haven’t gotten confirmation from our fact checking team yet, but we’re going out on a limb and saying that St. Louis-born Leon Spinks was the only professional athlete named Leon that had said name appear as the only word on a cover of Sports Illustrated.  I guess that happens when you beat Muhammed Ali


Al MacInnis (1963)
It’s never a good idea to stand in front of the Al MacInnis statue in front of the Scottrade Center.  You never know when that metallic beast is going to uncork a 100mph slapper. 

Wednesday — July 13
Michael Spinks (1956)
While his brother Leon got himself a SI cover after the biggest fight of his career, Michael Spinks’ biggest fight landed him on his back in less than two minutes.  Thanks for ripping off everyone who bought the PPV that night, Mike Tyson. 

Yadier Molina (1982)
The Cardinals All-Star catcher turns 29 this week.  His neck tats are still eagerly awaiting their first birthday.

Saturday — July 16
Terry Pendleton (1960)
No one, and we mean no one, in the Cardinals locker room could wear the elastic snaps on the double-knit uniform pants higher than Terry Pendleton.  Guarantee his teammates were jealous of that skill.


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