Birthdays in Sport on December 18

Ty CobbTy Cobb (1886-1961)

American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (AL MVP 1911; Triple Crown 1909; 12 × AL batting champion; Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1921-26), born in Narrows, Georgia

  • 1907 Bill Holland, American auto racer (d. 1984)
  • 1910 Eric Tindill, New Zealand rugby and cricket player (international cricket umpire, rugby referee), born in Nelson, New Zealand (d. 2010)
  • 1913 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (d. 2006)
  • 1915 Dario Mangiarotti, Italian fencer (1 Olympic gold, 2 silver 1948, 52), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2010)
  • 1926 Jock Aird, Scottish soccer defender (4 caps Scotland, 2 New Zealand; Burnley), born in Glencraig, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • 1929 Gino Cimoli, American baseball player, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Bill Skowron [Moose], MLB First baseman (NY Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Gene Shue, American NBA basketball guard, 1954-64, 5X All-Star (New York Knicks, Fort Wayne/Detroit Pistons, and 2 other teams), and NBA coach, 1966-89, 2X Coach of the Year (Baltimore/Washington Bullets, Philadelphia 76ers, and 2 other teams), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2022)
  • 1931 Noel McGregor, New Zealand cricket batsman (25 Tests, 1 x 100; Otago CA), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Norm Provan, Australian rugby league second rower (14 Tests; St. George RLFC NSWRL Premiers 1956-66; 13th Immortal) and coach (St. George, Parramatta, Cronulla), born in Urana, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 1934 Colin Baker, Welsh soccer wing half (7 caps; Cardiff City 298 games), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 2021)
  • 1939 Sandro Lopopolo Italian lightweight boxer (Olympic-Silver-1960), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Jan Kowalczyk, Polish equestrian rider (Olympics gold show jumping individual; silver team 1980), born in Drogomyśl, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1945 Carolyn Wood, American 4 X 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1946 Hubert Green, American golfer (US Open 1977, PGA C'ship 1985), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1948 Adam Musiał, Polish soccer defender (34 caps; Wisła Kraków) and manager (Wisła Kraków, Lechia Gdańsk, Stal Stalowa Wola), born in Wieliczka, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1958 Nadhim Shaker, Iraqi soccer defender (57 caps; Al-Tayaran) and coach (Iraq), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 2020)
  • 1961 Brian Orser, Canadian figure skater (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1961 Lalchand Rajput, Indian cricketer and coach (Indian Test opening batsman 1985-86), born in Bombay, India
  • 1963 Charles Oakley, American NBA forward (NY Knicks) and coach, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1963 Karl Dorrell, American football coach, born in Alameda, California
  • 1963 Lori McNeil, American tennis player (1995 Oakland doubles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1965 Willie Blair, Paintsville KY, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • 1966 Patricia Neder, American team handball right wing (Olympics 1992 & 1996), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • 1966 Terry Phelps, American tennis player, born in Larchmont, New York
  • 1967 Bob Corkum, Salisbury, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1967 Toine van Peperstraten, Dutch sports journalist
  • 1967 Tracy Hayworth, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968 Aaron Craver, NFL running back (Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969 Andrew Murphy, Australian long jumper/triple jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Joe Randa, infielder (KC Royals), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1969 Justin Edinburgh, English footballer
  • 1969 Keith Piper, cricketer (Warwickshire & England A wicketkeeper)
  • 1969 Santiago Cañizares, Spanish footballer

Arantxa Sánchez VicarioArantxa Sánchez Vicario (50 years old)

1971 Spanish tennis player (US Open 1994, French Open 1989, 94, 98), born in Barcelona, Spain

  • 1971 Frank Pimiskern, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • 1971 Joe Dziedzic, NHL left wing (Pitts Penguins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1971 Neil Little, Medicine Hat, NHL goalie (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1972 Jeff Nelson, Prince Albert, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • 1972 Marcos Ondruska, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1973 Jason Williams, Gonzales LA, baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1973 Keith Washington, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1974 Peter Boulware, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1975 Michael Barry, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1977 José Acevedo, Dominican MLB baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, 2001-04; Colorado Rockies, 2005), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1978 Ali Curtis, American soccer player
  • 1978 Naomi Lang, Arcata California, dance skater (with partner Peter Tchernyshev)
  • 1979 Carlos, Portuguese footballer
  • 1987 Fernando Jara, Panamanian-American jockey
  • 1987 Miki Andō, Japanese figure skater
  • 1995 Barbora Krejčíková, Czech tennis player (French Open singles 2021; French Open doubles 2018, 21; Wimbledon 2018, 22; US Open & Australian Open 2022; 3 x Australian Open mixed doubles), born in Brno, Czech Republic