On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on August 18

  • 1870 Hugh Bromley-Davenport, England cricketer, born in Chelford, Cheshire, England (d. 1954)
  • 1893 Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player, born in Emerald, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Bill Merritt, cricketer (early NZ Test leg-spinner, also Northants)
  • 1915 Max Lanier, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1943-44; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Denton, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Bob Kennedy, baseball player
  • 1920 Godfrey Evans, English cricket wicket-keeper (91 Tests; 219 dismissals; Kent), born in Finchley, England (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Jahangir Khan Irani, cricket wicket-keeper for India (1947-8 Aust tour)
  • 1923 Sadu Shinde, cricketer (Indian leg-spinner late 1940's/early 1950's)
  • 1923 Jenni Irani, Indian cricketer, born in Karachi (d. 1982)
  • 1928 Marge Schott, American MLB owner (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Carl Barger, Lewistown Pa, baseball pres (Pittsburgh Pirates, Fla Marlins)
  • 1930 Gene Bartow, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (US National Team 1974; Valparaiso, Memphis State, Illinois, UCLA), born in Browning, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Dick White, English footballer, born in Scunthorpe, United Kingdom (d. 2002)
  • 1932 István Kausz, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold team, épée 1964), born in Budapest. Hungary (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Just Fontaine, French footballer, born in Marrakesh, Morocco

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

1934 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (15 x MLB All Star; World Series 1960, 71 [MVP]; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Carolina, Puerto Rico (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente

  • 1934 Rafer Johnson, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1960), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Joe Azcue, Cuban baseball player, born in Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • 1940 Joan Joyce, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1983), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1941 Matt Snell, American football running back (NY Jets, Super Bowl III), born in Garfield, Georgia
  • 1941 Dennis Claridge, American football quarterback (NFL C'ship 1965, Green Bay Packers; Atlantic Falcons), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2018)
  • 1942 Tommy Carroll, Irish soccer defender (17 caps, Republic of Ireland; Ipswich Town), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Gianni Rivera, Italian footballer and politician, born in Alessandria, Italy
  • 1946 Derryl Cousins, American baseball umpire (World Series 1988, 99, 2005; MLB All-Star Game 1987, 98, 2008), born in Fresno, California (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Rudy Hartono Kurniawan, Indonesian badminton star (All-England tennis champ), born in Surabaya, Indonesia
  • 1949 John O'Leary, Irish golfer (Irish Open 1982; Ryder Cup 1975; director European Tour 1985-2019), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2020)
  • 1951 Greg Pruitt, American football running back (LA Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952 Ricky Villa, Argentine former footballer, born in Roque Pérez, Argentina
  • 1956 Sandeep Patil, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman Great 174 v Adelaide 1981), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1959 Tom Prichard, American wrestler, born in Pasadena, Texas
  • 1962 Sandra Farmer-Patrick, Jamaican-born American 400m hurdler, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1963 Luiz Mattar, Brazilian tennis player, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1964 Kenny Walker, American basketball player, born in Roberta, Georgia
  • 1966 Steve Avery, American football running back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1967 John Jurkovic, American football defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Friedrichshafen, Germany
  • 1968 Brian Mitchell, American football running back (Washington Redskins), born in Leesville, Louisiana

  • 1968 Carolyn Crudgington, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1968 John Coyle, American short track skater (Olympics 1994), born in West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • 1968 Justin Strzelczyk, American football offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in West Seneca, New York
  • 1969 Isaac Austin, American basketball center (Miami Heat), born in Gridley, California
  • 1970 Richie Cunningham, American football kicker (Dallas Cowboys), born in Houma, Louisiana
  • 1970 Robert Higginson, American baseball outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Jonathan David Winter, New Zealand 100m backstroker (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1971 Kevin Bouie, American football running back (Philadelphia Eagles, Ariz Cardinals), born in Pahokee, Florida
  • 1972 Derrick Harris, American football running back (St Louis Rams), born in Angleton, Texas
  • 1972 Nate Jones, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Ray Jacobs, American football linebacker (Denver Broncos), born in Corsicana, Texas
  • 1973 Clarence Benford, American football tight end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Windsor Forest, Georgia
  • 1973 Luke Fickell, American football defensive tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1974 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Guyanese cricketer (WI left-handed batsman 1994-), born in Unity Village, Guyana
  • 1976 Tom Malchow, American 200m swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1980 Esteban Cambiasso, Argentine footballer, born in San Fernando Partido, Argentina
  • 1980 Athina Papayianni, Greek race walker, born in Preveza, Greece
  • 1980 Rob Nguyen, Australian racing driver, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1980 Jeremy Shockey, American football Tight End, born in Ada, Oklahoma
  • 1981 César Delgado, Argentine footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1981 Dimitris Salpingidis, Greek footballer, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1983 Kris Boyd, Scottish footballer, born in Irvine, Scotland
  • 1983 Michael Montgomery, American football defensive end, born in Carthage, Texas
  • 1984 Robert Huth, German footballer, born in Biesdorf, Berlin, Germany
  • 1991 Liz Cambage, Australian basketball center (WNBA single game record 53), born in London, England