On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on January 18

Peter Mark Roget

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

  • 1912 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), born in Lampertheim, Germany (d. 1998)
  • 1921 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer (European Heavyweight Champion), born in Doncaster (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Roepie Kruize, Dutch field hockey player (Olympic bronze, 1948/silver 1952), born in Heemstede, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1933 Jean Vuarnet, French alpine skier (Olympic gold downhill 1960; World C'ship gold 1960), born in Le Bardo, Tunisia (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1960, 64), born in Akita, Japan (d. 2009)
  • 1937 Richie Moran, American Lacrosse HOF midfielder (Uni of Maryland) and coach (NCAA National C'ship 1971, 76, 77; Coach of the Year 1971, 77, 87; Cornell), born in Floral Park, New York (d. 2022)
  • 1938 Curt Flood, American baseball player (St Louis Cards), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1940 Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (Le Mans, 1968), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1971)
  • 1944 Carl Morton, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1983)
  • 1947 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2018)
  • 1950 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer (World F1 runner-up 1979; Ferrari), born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • 1950 Pat Sullivan, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1971, Auburn University; NFL: Atlanta Falcons) and coach (TUC, Samford), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 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

Mark Messier

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

  • 1961 Peter Beardsley, English footballer, born in Hexham, United Kingdom
  • 1962 David O'Connor, American equestrian (Olympic gold individual eventing 2000; silver team eventing 1996, bronze 2000), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1962 Dito, Portuguese soccer defender (17 caps; Braga, Benfica, Vitória Setúbal) and manager (Portimonense, Moreirense), born in Barcelos, Portugal (d. 2020)
  • 1963 Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter, born in Tver Oblast, Russia
  • 1964 Virgil Hill, American middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Clinton, Missouri
  • 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 auto racer (Formula 3000 1991; 24 Hours of Daytona 2004, 14, 18; 12 Hours of Sebring 2015; 6 Hours of Watkins Glen 2013, 16, 17), 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 (Pro Bowl 2001; Super Bowl 1997, 98; Denver Broncos), 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 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
  • 1975 Derek Smith, American football linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in American Fork, Utah
  • 1976 Vincent Polvliet, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1977 Alina Jidkova, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1977 Richard Archer, British rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hard-Fi), born in Staines-upon-Thames, Surrey, England
  • 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

Angelique Kerber

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
  • 1995 Leonard Fournette, American NFL player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana