Birthdays in Sport on February 18

  • 1853 August Belmont Jr, breeder (Man 'O War)/founder (NY Jockey Club)
  • 1909 Matti Jarvinen, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1926 Len Ford, NFL end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers)
  • 1927 Fazal Mahmood, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani medium-pace workhorse 1952-62), born in Lahore, Pakistan (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1928 Jim McElreath, auto racer (1970 Ontario 500)
  • 1928 Tom Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1931 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1933 Bobby Robson, British soccer coach (PSV)
  • 1937 Jeff Farrell, US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1960)
  • 1938 Barry Knight, cricketer (England all-rounder mid-60s)
  • 1938 Manny Mota, Dominican baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1939 Dal Maxvill, American baseball player
  • 1945 Judy Rankin, LPGA golfer (Vare Trophy 1976-77), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1947 Carlos A Lopes, Portuguese marathon runner (Olympic gold 1984)
  • 1948 Bruce Francis, cricketer (Australian opener in 3 Tests 1972)
  • 1957 Marita Koch, German DR, 400m sprinter (Oly-gold-1980)
  • 1958 Peter Koech, Kiliburani Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1960 Andy Moog, NHL goalie (Oilers, Bruins, Olympics-Canada-1988)
  • 1960 Roger Wijesuriya, cricketer (bowling avg 294 in 4 Tests for Sri Lanka)
  • 1961 Alycia Moulton, tennis star, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1962 Gary Reasons, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1962 Simon Fletcher, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • 1963 John Gesek, NFL center (Washington Redskins)
  • 1963 Rob Andrew, English rugby player
  • 1964 Kevin Tapani, pitcher (Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1966 Kris King, Bracebridge, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1966 Phillip De Freitas, cricket pace bowler (in Dominica England 1986-95)
  • 1967 Colin Jackson, Cardiff Wales, 100m hurdler (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1967 Matt Turner, US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1967 Roberto Baggio, Italian footballer, (FIFA World Player of the Year 1993), born in Caldogno
  • 1969 Alexander Mogilny, Khavarovsk, 1st soviet to defect to NHL (Sabres)
  • 1969 Igor Larionov, Voskresensk Russia, NHL forward (Team Russia, Detroit)
  • 1970 Tyler Green, US baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1971 George Teague, NFL safety (Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers)
  • 1971 Reggie Holt, WLAF safety (London Monarchs)
  • 1971 Constantin Popa, Romanian-Israeli basketball player
  • 1972 Lubomir Rybovic, Kosice CZE, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • 1972 Marc Lillibridge, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1973 Claude Makélélé, French footballer
  • 1974 Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russian tennis star
  • 1974 Jamey Carroll, American baseball player
  • 1975 Scott Tucker, 400m/800m freestyle relay (Olympics-96), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1975 Gary Neville, English footballer
  • 1976 Chanda Rubin, Lafayette LA, tennis star (1996 Australian Open doubles)
  • 1976 Jason Podollan, Vernon, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
  • 1976 Volker Schenk, WLAF RB (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1976 Leilani Munter, American race car driver
  • 1977 Kátia, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977 Chrissie Wellington, British triathlete
  • 1978 Josip Šimunić, Croatian footballer
  • 1979 Julia Greville, swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1980 Alison Rachel Fitch, New Zealand swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1980 Nikolai Antropov, Kazakh ice hockey player
  • 1981 Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player
  • 1981 Ivan Sproule, Irish footballer
  • 1981 Alex Rios, American baseball player
  • 1983 Jermaine Jenas, English footballer
  • 1983 Jason Maxiell, American basketball player
  • 1985 Anton Ferdinand, English footballer
  • 1986 Marc Torrejón, Spanish footballer