On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on February 18

  • 1853 August Belmont Jr, breeder (Man 'O War)/founder (NY Jockey Club)
  • 1895 George "The Gipper" Gipp, American football player (Notre Dame), born in Laurium, Michigan (d. 1920)
  • 1909 Matti Jarvinen, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1926 Len Ford, NFL end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers)
  • 1927 Fazal Mahmood, Pakistan cricket fast bowler (34 Tests, 139 wickets), 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
  • 1929 Lou Gorman, American baseball executive (general manager Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2011)
  • 1931 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1933 Sir Bobby Robson, English soccer forward, coach (20 caps; England manager 1982-90), born in Sacriston, County Durham (d. 2009)
  • 1935 Savvas Theodoridis, Greek soccer goalkeeper (12 caps; Olympiacos), born in Athens, Greece (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Jozef Vengloš, Slovak soccer manager (Australia, Czechoslovakia, Malaysia, Fenerbahçe, Aston Villa, Celtic, Slovakia), born in Ružomberok, Slovakia (d. 2021)
  • 1937 Jeff Farrell, American swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1960)
  • 1938 Barry Knight, English 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
  • 1942 Roy Prosser, Australian rugby union prop (25 caps; Northern Suburbs), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2008)
  • 1944 Pat Bowlen, American Pro Football Hall of Fame team owner (Denver Broncos), born in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin (d. 2019)
  • 1945 Judy Rankin, American golfer (US Open, Titleholders C'ship 1972 runner-up; 26 LPGA Tour wins), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1947 Carlos A Lopes, Portuguese marathon runner (Olympic gold 1984)
  • 1947 Keith Nelson, New Zealand soccer striker (20 caps; Mount Wellington), born in Renfrew, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Leroy Keyes, American College Football Hall of Fame running back / safety (Purdue; Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 2021)
  • 1948 Bruce Francis, Australian cricketer (Australian opener in 3 Tests 1972), born in Mosman, Australia
  • 1950 Bruce Kison, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1971, 79), born in Bradenton, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1957 Marita Koch, German 400m sprinter (Olympic gold 1980), born in Wismar, Germany
  • 1958 Peter Koech, Kenyan 3K steeplechaser (Olympic silver 1988), born in Kiliburani, Kenya
  • 1960 Andy Moog, Canadian NHL goalie (Oilers, Bruins, Olympics-Canada-1988), born in Penticton, Canada
  • 1960 Roger Wijesuriya, Sri Lankan cricketer (bowling avg 294 in 4 Tests for Sri Lanka), born in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • 1961 Alycia Moulton, American tennis player, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1962 Gary Reasons, American NFL linebacker (NY Giants), born in Crowley, Texas
  • 1962 Simon Fletcher, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos), born in Bay City, Texas
  • 1963 John Gesek, American NFL center (Washington Redskins), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1963 Rob Andrew, English rugby player, born in Richmond, United Kingdom
  • 1964 Kevin Tapani, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1966 Kris King, Canadian NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hornepayne, Canada

  • 1966 Phillip De Freitas, English cricket fast bowler (44 Tests, 140 wickets, 4 x 50; 103 ODIs, 115 wickets; Derbyshire, Leicestershire), born in Scotts Head, Dominica
  • 1967 Colin Jackson, Welsh 100m hurdler (Olympic silver 1988), born in Cardiff, Wales
  • 1967 Matt Turner, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 2019)
  • 1967 Roberto Baggio, Italian footballer, (FIFA World Player of the Year 1993), born in Caldogno, Italy
  • 1969 Alexander Mogilny, Russian ice hockey player & 1st soviet to defect to NHL (Sabres), born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • 1970 Tyler Green, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1971 Constantin Popa, Romanian-Israeli basketball player, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1972 Lubomir Rybovic, Slovakian hockey forward (Team Slovakia), born in Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia
  • 1973 Claude Makélélé, French footballer, born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 1974 Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russian tennis player (French Open 1996, Australian Open 1999), born in Sochi, Russia
  • 1974 Jamey Carroll, American baseball player, born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1975 Scott Tucker, American 400m/800m freestyle relay (Olympics 1996), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1975 Gary Neville, English footballer, born in Bury, United Kingdom
  • 1976 Chanda Rubin, American tennis player (1996 Australian Open doubles), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1976 Jason Podollan, Canadian NHL center (Florida Panthers), born in Vernon, Canada
  • 1976 Leilani Munter, American race car driver, born in Rochester, Minnesota
  • 1977 Kátia, Brazilian footballer, born in Goiânia, Brazil
  • 1977 Chrissie Wellington, British triathlete, born in Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
  • 1978 Josip Šimunić, Croatian footballer, born in Canberra, Australia
  • 1979 Julia Greville, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1980 Alison Rachel Fitch, New Zealand swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1980 Nikolai Antropov, Kazakh ice hockey player, born in Ust'-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
  • 1981 Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player, born in Izhevsk, Russia
  • 1981 Ivan Sproule, Irish footballer, born in Castlederg, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Alex Rios, American baseball player, born in Coffee County, Alabama
  • 1983 Jermaine Jenas, English footballer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 1983 Jason Maxiell, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1983 Roberta Vinci, Italian tennis player (5 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Taranto, Italy
  • 1985 Anton Ferdinand, English footballer, born in Peckham, London
  • 1986 Marc Torrejón, Spanish footballer, born in Barcelona, Spain