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Sports Birthdays for October 29 — R.A. Dickey and More

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Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on October 29:

Paul Orndorff
Age: 63
Profession: Retired Pro Wrestler
Best Known For: A skilled pro wrestler known as ‘Mr. Wonderful,’ Paul Orndorff worked in the World Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling and other organizations from 1976 to 1995. While in college at the University of Tampa, Orndorff was a star running back for the school’s football team. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1973.

Denis Potvin
Age: 59
Profession: Retired NHL Player
Best Known For: One of the best defensemen in NHL history, Dennis Potvin played for the New York Islanders from 1973 to 1988. He was the number one overall-pick of the 1973 NHL Draft. Potvin was a key part of the Islanders’ teams that won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980 to 1983. He won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 1976, 1978 and 1979. Potvin was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.

Mike Gartner
Age: 53
Profession: Retired NHL Player
Best Known For: A seven-time All-Star right wing, Mike Gartner played for the Washington Capitals, Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Phoenix Coyotes from 1978 to 1998. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

R.A. Dickey
Age: 38
Profession: MLB Player
Best Known For: R.A. Dickey is a starting pitcher for the New York Mets. Dickey has played professional baseball for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins and Mets since 2001. He started and won the 2012 MLB All-Star Game for the National League. He was a mediocre pitcher until he learned the knuckleball in 2006. Dickey had the best year of his professional career in 2012, winning 20 games and leading the NL in strikeouts.

Maurice Clarett
Age: 29
Profession: Former College Football Player
Best Known For: Once a star freshman who led Ohio State to the 2002 national championship, Maurice Clarett never played in the NFL. He challenged NFL eligibility rules stating that players had to wait three years after graduating high school to apply for the draft. Though he was not eligible for the 2004 draft, he was selected in 2005 by Denver, who later cut him. Clarett has been in several legal troubles since 2005.

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