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, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1948), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 25 Barney Ewell, American athlete (d. 1996)

Person of interestBobby Riggs

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, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), born in Corbin, Kentucky (d. 2009)
  • 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 Hall of Fame second baseman (9-time All Star, Boston Red Sox), born in Junction City, Oregon (d. 2017)
  • Apr 16 Dick Gibson, British racing driver
  • Apr 18 Robert Zimonyi, Hungarian cox (Olympic-Hungary-bronze-1948/US-gold-64)
  • Apr 22 Mickey Vernon, baseball player
  • Apr 26 Francina "Fanny" Blankers-Koen, Dutch track and field athlete (Olympic gold-1948), born in Lage Vuursche, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 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, born in Thetford, England (d. 2003)
  • May 14 Arthur McIntyre, cricket wicket-keeper (England 3 times early 50's)
  • May 16 Wilf Mannion, English former footballer (d. 2000)

Person of interestFlorence Chadwick

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

  • May 23 Dennis Compton, England cricket batsman & footballer (5,807 Test runs, Arsenal 1950 FA Cup), born in Hendon, England (d. 1997)
  • May 25 Peder Lunde, Norwegian 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 (NY Yankees), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • Jun 27 Adolph Kiefer, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1936), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Jul 4 Alec Bedser, English cricketer (mighty post-war England medium-pacer), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 2010)
  • Jul 4 Eric Bedser, English cricketer (bro of Alec, Surrey bowler but not England), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 2006)
  • Jul 4 Johnnie Parsons, American race car driver (won the Indianapolis 500 in 1950) (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 and coach, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (d. 2004)

Person of interestTed Williams

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 Shepherdson, British soccer trainer, born in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire (d. 1955)
  • Oct 30 Bob Feller, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (AL Triple Crown 1940), born in Van Meter, Iowa (d.2010)
  • Nov 3 Bob Feller, Van Meter, Iowa, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indian, 3 no-hitters)
  • Nov 10 Martin Hanley, South African cricketer (took 1-88 with off-spin in Test for South Africa), born in Aliwal North, Cape Province (d. 2000)
  • Nov 20 Dora Ratjen, German man possing as woman high jumper (Olympic 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