Birthdays in Sport in 1918

  • Jan 1 Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer, (WR 100m, 1:04.06)
  • Jan 7 Colin Snedden, cricketer (Test NZ v England 1947, 0-46, did not bat)
  • Jan 22 Elmer Lach, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan
  • Jan 25 Ernie Harwell, American baseball sportscaster
  • Jan 29 William Rigney, baseball manager (SF Giants)
  • Feb 3 Helen Stephens, Fulton Mo, American 100m runner (double Olympic gold-1936)
  • Feb 12 Dominic DiMaggio, baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • Feb 13 Patty Berg, LPGA golfer (1938 US Amateur), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 22 Charles O Finley, baseball team owner (Oakland A's)
  • Feb 22 Sid Abel, Melville, Saskatchewan, Canadian NHL hockey player (1948-49 Hart Trophy)
  • Feb 22 Charlie Finley, American sports entrepreneur (d. 1996)
  • Feb 25 Henry Norwood Ewell, Harrisburg Pa, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • Feb 25 Barney Ewell, American athlete (d. 1996)

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Feb 25 Bobby Riggs, American tennis player ("The Battle of the Sexes", US Open 1939, 41), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • Feb 26 Edwin Charles "Preacher" Roe, baseball pitcher (Bkln Dodgers)
  • Mar 3 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', born in Kenmare, Ireland (d. 2015)
  • Mar 3 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrian (d. 2000)
  • Mar 4 Margaret Osborne DuPont, Joseph Oregon, tennis pro (US Open 1948-50), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 5 Ranga Sohoni, Indian cricketer (pace bowler of late 40's avg 101)
  • Mar 5 Red Storey, Canadian football player and ice hockey referee (d. 2006)
  • Mar 5 Milt Schmidt, Canadian NHL Hall of Fame center and coach (Boston Bruins), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • Mar 12 James Bracken, race horse trainer
  • Mar 13 George McAfee, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 18 Al Benton, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • Mar 18 Bob Broeg, American sports writer (d. 2005)
  • Mar 21 Joe Carveth, NHL forward (scored 20 or more goals in 3 seasons)
  • Mar 25 Howard Cosell, sportscaster (Monday Night Football), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Apr 7 C B Bertie Clarke, cricketer (Barbados & West Indian leg-spinner)
  • Apr 7 Bobby Doerr, American baseball player
  • Apr 16 Dick Gibson, British racing driver
  • Apr 18 Robert Zimonyi, Hungary, cox (Olympic-Hungary-bronze-1948/US-gold-64)
  • Apr 22 Mickey Vernon, baseball player
  • Apr 26 Fanny Blankers-Koen, Holland, 100m/200m dash, hurdler (Olym-gold-1948)
  • Apr 29 Mervyn Roye Harvey, cricketer (brother of Neil, Test for Australia)
  • Apr 30 W Donald McNeill, tennis champ (US Open-1940)
  • May 3 Ted Bates, English former footballer (d. 2003)
  • May 14 Arthur McIntyre, cricket wicket-keeper (England 3 times early 50's)
  • May 16 Wilf Mannion, English former footballer (d. 2000)

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May 19 Florence Chadwick, swimmer (1st to swim English Channel both ways), born in San Diego, California (d. 1995)

  • May 23 Dennis Compton, English cricketer and footballer (5,807 runs, Arsenal), born in Middlesex, England (d. 1997)
  • May 25 Peder Lunde, Norway, yachtsman (Olympic-silver-1952)
  • May 26 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (d. 1985)
  • Jun 4 LeRoy Walker, CEO (US Olympic Committee), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 14 Leroy T Walker, US Olympic consultant (1960, 68, 72), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 20 George Lynch, American auto racer (d. 1997)
  • Jun 21 Eddie Lopat, American baseball player (d. 1992)
  • Jun 27 Adolph Kiefer, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1936), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Jul 4 Alec Bedser, cricketer (mighty post-war England medium-pacer)
  • Jul 4 Eric Bedser, cricketer (bro of Alec, Surrey bowler but not England)
  • Jul 4 Johnnie Parsons, American race car driver (d. 1984)
  • Jul 23 Pee Wee [Harold] Reese, American baseball player (Dodgers), born in Ekron, Kentucky (d. 1999)
  • Aug 21 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)

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Aug 30 Ted Williams, American baseball player and last player in MLB to bat over .400 in a single season (Red Sox, AL MVP '46, '49; Trip Crown '42, '47), born in San Diego, California (d. 2002)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 30 Billy Johnson, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • Sep 4 William Talbert, tennis doubles champ (US 1942, 45, 46, 48)
  • Sep 14 Georges Berger, Belgian racing driver (d. 1967)
  • Sep 25 Phil Rizzuto, American sportscaster/shortstop (NY Yankees-MVP 1950), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 6 AndrĂ© Pilette, Belgian racing driver (d. 1993)
  • Oct 14 Doug Ring, cricketer (Australian leggie of the late 40's early 50's)
  • Oct 22 Lou Klein, American baseball player (d. 1976)
  • Oct 28 Harold Sheperdson, soccer trainer
  • Oct 30 Robert Feller, Van Meter Iowa, MLB pitcher (Cleveland Indians, led AL in strikeouts 7 times)
  • Nov 3 Bob Feller, Van Meter, Iowa, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indian, 3 no-hitters)
  • Nov 10 Martin Hanley, cricketer (took 1-88 with off-spin in Test for South Africa)
  • Nov 20 Dora Ratjen, Germany, man possing as woman high jumper (Oly-4th-1936)
  • Nov 24 Roley Jenkins, cricketer (English leg-spinner 1948-52)
  • Dec 8 Ian Johnson, cricketer (Australian Test captbetween Hassett & Craig)
  • Dec 10 Anatoli Tarasov, Russian ice hockey coach (d. 1995)
  • Dec 22 William Kennedy, baseball player