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
  • 1912 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), born in Lampertheim, Germany (d. 1998)
  • 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)
  • 1937 Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1960, 64), born in Akita, Japan (d. 2009)
  • 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 racing driver, born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1951 Bob Latchford, English footballer, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1955 Mable Fergerson, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1972), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Larry Smith, American NBA player, born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi

Person of interestMark Messier

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

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1961 Peter Beardsley, English footballer, born in Hexham, United Kingdom

  • 1962 David O'Connor, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963 Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter, born in Tver Oblast, Russia
  • 1964 Brady Anderson, American MLB outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1964 Jenny Holliday, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1965 Richard Dunwoody, British jockey, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Alexander Khalifman, Russian chess player, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1967 Kim Perrot, American WNBA guard (Houston Comets), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1967 Peter Cox Jr., American fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Bronxville, New York
  • 1967 Iván Zamorano, Chilean footballer, born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1969 Larry Webster, American football defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens), born in Elkton, Maryland
  • 1969 Marvin Pope, American CFL defensive end (Calgary Stampeders), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1970 Leo Araguz, American football punter (Oakland Raiders, Rhein Fire), born in Pharr, Texas
  • 1970 Peter van Petegem, Belgian cyclist, born in Brakel, Belgium
  • 1971 Andre Coleman, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1971 Greg Engel, American NFL center (San Diego Chargers), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1971 Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1971 Pep Guardiola, Spanish football midfielder & manager (Spain 47 caps, manager Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City), born in Santpedor, Spain
  • 1972 Dwayne Carswell, American football tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972 Mike Lieberthal, American MLB catcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Glendale, California
  • 1972 Ryan Kuehl, American football long snapper (Washington Redskins), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 Steven Conley, American football linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Vinod Kambli, Indian cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1993-), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1973 Edward Jasper, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1973 Junior Burrough, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1973 Regilio Vreede, Dutch football player (Blue White, RKC), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1974 Shane Burton, American football defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Logan, West Virginia
  • 1975 Derek Smith, American football linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in American Fork, Utah
  • 1976 Laurence Courtois, Belgian tennis player (1995 finalist Jakarta), born in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • 1976 Vincent Polvliet, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1977 Alina Jidkova, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1977 Richard Archer, British singer (lead singer of Hard-Fi), born in Staines, United Kingdom
  • 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, born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1979 Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer, born in Cascais, Portugal
  • 1979 Brian Gionta, American ice hockey player, born in Rochester, New York
  • 1979 Kenyatta Jones, American football player, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1980 Robert Green, English footballer, born in Chertsey, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Julius Peppers, American football player (Carolina Panthers), born in Wilson, North Carolina
  • 1981 Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1981 Olivier Rochus, Belgian tennis player, born in Namur, Belgium
  • 1985 Riccardo Montolivo, Italian soccer player, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1988 Angelique Kerber, German tennis player (3-time Grand Slam winner), born in Bremen, Germany
  • 1990 Gift Ngoepe, South African-born baseball player, 1st black African to play in Major League Baseball, born in Pietersburg, South Africa