Birthdays in Sport on January 18

Person of interestPeter Mark Roget

1779 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (Roget's Thesaurus) and inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard), born in London (d. 1869)

Lexicographer and Inventor Peter Mark Roget
Lexicographer and Inventor
Peter Mark Roget
  • 1916 Alec Coxon, cricketer (England pace bowler in one Test, 2-90 & 1-82)
  • 1921 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer (European Heavyweight Champion), born in Doncaster (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Roepie Kruize, Dutch field hockey player (Olympic-Bronze-48/Silver-52)
  • 1938 Curt Flood, American baseball player (d. 1997)
  • 1940 Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1971)
  • 1944 Carl Morton, American baseball player (d. 1983)
  • 1947 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2018)
  • 1950 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer
  • 1951 Bob Latchford, English footballer
  • 1955 Mable Fergerson, 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1972), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Larry Smith, NBA player

Person of interestMark Messier

1961 Mark Messier, NHL Center (Edmonton, NY Rangers), born in Edmonton, Alberta

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1961 Peter Beardsley, English footballer
  • 1962 David O'Connor, equestrian 3-day (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1963 Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter
  • 1964 Brady Anderson, American MLB outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1964 Jenny Holliday, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1965 Richard Dunwoody, British(?) jockey)
  • 1966 Alexander Khalifman, Russian chess player
  • 1967 Kim Perrot, WNBA guard (Houston Comets)
  • 1967 Peter Cox Jr, fencer-sabre (Olympics 1996), born in Bronxville, New York
  • 1967 Iv├ín Zamorano, Chilean footballer
  • 1969 Larry Webster, defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens), born in Elkton, Maryland
  • 1969 Marvin Pope, CFL defensive end (Calgary Stampeders), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1970 Leo Araguz, NLF/WLAF punter (Oakland Raiders, Rhein Fire)
  • 1970 Peter van Petegem, Belgian cyclist
  • 1971 Andre Coleman, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Greg Engel, NFL center (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian race car driver
  • 1971 Pep Guardiola, Spanish soccer midfielder/manager (Spain 47 caps, manager Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City), born in Santpedor, Spain
  • 1972 Dwayne Carswell, NFL tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1972 Mike Lieberthal, catcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Glendale, California
  • 1972 Ryan Kuehl, defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Steven Conley, linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Vinod Kambli, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1993-)
  • 1973 Edward Jasper, defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Junior Burrough, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1973 Regilio Vreede, soccer player (Blue White, RKC)
  • 1974 Shane Burton, defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1975 Derek Smith, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1976 Laurence Courtois, Kortrijk Belg, tennis star (1995 finalist Jakarta)
  • 1976 Vincent Polvliet, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1977 Alina Jidkova, Russian tennis player
  • 1977 Richard Archer, British singer (lead singer of Hard-Fi)
  • 1978 Thor Hushovd, Norwegian former professional road bicycle racer widely considered the greatest Norwegian cyclist of all time, born in Grimstad, Norway
  • 1978 Brian Falkenborg, American baseball player
  • 1979 Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer
  • 1979 Brian Gionta, American ice hockey player
  • 1979 Kenyatta Jones, American football player, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1980 Robert Green, English footballer
  • 1980 Julius Peppers, American football player (Carolina Panthers), born in Wilson, North Carolina
  • 1981 Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer
  • 1981 Olivier Rochus, Belgian tennis player
  • 1985 Riccardo Montolivo, Italian soccer player
  • 1990 Gift Ngoepe, South African-born baseball player, 1st black African to play in Major League Baseball, born in Pietersburg, South Africa