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Blanco, Ainge, Casey, Bowie and Buckner all have reason to celebrate this week

March 15, 1988

Sebastian Blanco (age 31)

On this day in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Timbers' standout midfielder/forward was born.

March 17, 1959

Danny Ainge (age 60)

The Boston Celtics' general manager and president of basketball operations is a Eugene native regarded as one of the all-time great prep athletes in state history.

March 17, 1959

Pat Casey (age 60)

McMinnville was the birthplace of the retired college baseball coach, who played outfield and guided Oregon State to three national championships.

March 17, 1961

Sam Bowie (age 58)

Born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, he was Portland's pick at No. 2 in the 1984 NBA draft, right behind Hakeem Olajuwon and right ahead of Michael Jordan.

March 17, 1994

DeForest Buckner (age 25)

The San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle from the University of Oregon is from Waianae, Hawaii.

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