Happy 59th, Ann Meyers Drysdale
Happy birthday to basketball legend Ann Meyers Drysdale, who turns 59 today. A standout athlete at Sonora High School in La Habra, Calif., Meyers became the first high school student to play for the U.S. national team in 1974. The first female athlete to receive a four-year athletic scholarship, Meyers was a four-time All-American and led UCLA to the AIAW national championship in 1978. That same year, she became the first player -- of either gender -- to record a quadruple-double in college basketball history. She remains just one of two, along with Lester Hudson of Tennessee-Martin, to achieve the feat. Meyers was the first draft pick in the short-lived Women’s Professional Basketball League in 1978 and was a co-winner of the inaugural MVP award. In 1979, Meyers made history when she signed a $50,000 contract with the Indiana Pacers. She participated in tryouts but did not make the Pacers' final roster and instead went on to become a color analyst for the team’s TV broadcasts. She was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 1993 class that included Julius Erving and Bill Walton. She also is a member of the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Meyers is currently vice president of the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the NBA's Phoenix Suns. She is the widow of Hall of Fame baseball player Don Drysdale, who passed away in 1993. The couple had three children together.