Birthdays in Sport on April 18

  • 1880 Sam Crawford, American MLB baseball player, born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1968)
  • 1888 Duffy Lewis, American baseball player, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1979)
  • 1889 John Kilbane, American featherweight boxing champ (world title held 1912-23), born in Cleveland, Ohio (. 1957)
  • 1893 Violette Morris, French athlete and spy for Nazi Germany, born in Paris (d. 1944)
  • 1914 C. S. Nayudu, Indian cricketer (brother of C K, 11 Tests as leggie), born in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player, born in Edmundston, New Brunswick (d. 1947)
  • 1918 Róbert Zimonyi, Hungarian-American rowing coxswain (Olympic gold 1964), born in Sárvár, Hungary (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Doug Insole, English cricketer (England batsman of the 50's, nine Tests), born in Clapton, London (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Jim De Courcy, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1953), born in Newcastle, New South Wales (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Klas Lestander, Swedish 20K biathlon (Olympic gold 1960), born in Arjeplog, Sweden
  • 1937 Tatyana Shchelkanova, Soviet long jumper (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Rostov, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Von McDaniel, American baseball player, born in Hollis, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1940 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Cohasset, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Jochen Rindt, Austrian auto racer (posthumous World F1 title 1970), born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1942 Steve Blass, American professional baseball player, born in Canaan, Connecticut

  • 1944 Irvine Shillingford, West Indian cricketer (cousin of Grayson, 4 Tests for WI), born in Dublanc, Dominica

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1948 "Tiny" Nate Archibald, NBA guard (Cincinnati), born in NYC, New York

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • 1949 Geoff Bodine, American race car driver, born in Chemung, New York
  • 1951 Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer, born in Malate, Manila, Philippines
  • 1956 David Edwards, American golfer (US Masters 1984 3rd; 4 PGA Tour titles), born in Neosho, Missouri
  • 1958 Malcolm Marshall, West Indian cricketer (WI quickie 1978-91, WI top wicket-taker), born in Bridgetown, Barbados (d. 1999)
  • 1959 Jim Eisenreich, American MLB outfielder (Tourette syndrome, Florida Marlins WS 1997), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • 1961 Steve Lombardi, American professional wrestler (The Brooklyn Brawler), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1962 Wilber Marshall, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Titusville, Florida
  • 1963 Phil Simmons, West Indian cricketer (West Indian opening batsman), born in Arima, Trinidad
  • 1966 Valeri Kamensky, Russian NHL left wing (Avalanche, Olympic silver 1998), born in Voskresensk, Russia
  • 1966 Trine Hattestad, Norwegian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 2000), born in Lørenskog, Norway
  • 1967 Kenneth Gant, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Bartow, Florida
  • 1967 Marcel Valk, Dutch soccer player (RKC, Go Ahead Eagles), born in Hazerswoude-Rijndijk, Netherlands
  • 1969 Vladimir Tsyplakov, Belarusian NHL left wing (LA Kings, Belarus 1998), born in Inta, Soviet Union
  • 1970 Carl Simpson, American NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Vidalia, Georgia
  • 1970 François Leroux, Canadian NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins), born in Sainte-Adèle, Québec, Canada
  • 1970 Heike Friedrich, East German swimmer (world record 200m), born in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Sachsen
  • 1970 Peter Giles, Canadian kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1970 William Roaf, American NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1970 Rico Brogna, American MLB baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Turners Falls, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Dan Kordic, Canadian NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1971 Oleg Petrov, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1972 Jeff Traversy, Canadian CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1973 Derrick Brooks, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1973 Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian 10k runner (Olympic gold 1996), born in Asella, Arsi Province, Ethiopia
  • 1973 James "Jamie" Koven, American rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1977 Dan LaCouture, American NHL hockey player, born in Hyannis, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Michael Bradley, American basketball player, born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver, born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1979 Matthew Upson, English footballer (England national team World Cup 2010), born in Eye, England
  • 1980 Robyn Regehr, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Recife, Brazil
  • 1981 Brian Buscher, American MLB third baseman, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1982 Scott Hartnell, Canadian NHL hockey player, born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1983 Miguel Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • 1983 Fodil Hadjadj, Algerian football player, born in Algiers, Algeria
  • 1985 Łukasz Fabiański, Polish football goalkeeper (Poland national team), born in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland
  • 1985 Karl Reindler, Australian racing driver, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1986 Maurice Edu, American soccer player, born in Fontana, California
  • 1986 Billy Butler, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Orange Park, Florida
  • 1987 Danny Guthrie, English footballer, born in Shrewsbury, England