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Birthdays in Sport on July 18

Person of interestW. G. Grace

1848 W. G. Grace, English cricket all-rounder and captain (22 Tests; 54,896 runs over record 44 first class seasons; Gloucestershire), born in Bristol, England (d. 1915)

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace
  • 1890 Chick Evans, American golfer (US Open 1916), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1979)
  • 1892 Arthur Friedenreich, Brazilian football player, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1969)
  • 1897 E. A. D. [Ernest Arthur Douglas] Eldridge, British racing driver, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1935)
  • 1912 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, born in Marmande, Lot-et-Garonne, France (d. 1959)
  • 1914 Mack Robinson, American 200m dash (Olympic silver 1932), born in Cairo, Georgia (d. 2000)
  • 1914 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1938, 48; Giro d'Italia 1936-7, 46), born in Ponte a Ema, Florence, Italy (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Johnny Hopp, American baseball outfielder, first baseman (MLB All-Star 1946; World Series 1942, 44, 50, 51; St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • 1920 Eric Brandon, British racing driver, born in East Ham, Essex (d. 1982)
  • 1922 Jean de Gribaldy, French road cyclist and team director (Frimatic - Viva, Miko, Sem - France Loire), born in Besançon, France (d. 1987)
  • 1924 Inge Sørensen, Danish swimmer (youngest known female Olympic Games medalist in an individual event-Olympic 1936 bronze), born in Skovshoved, Gentofte, Denmark (d. 2011)
  • 1925 Hubert Doggart, English cricketer (2 Tests for England 1950), born in Earl's Court, London (d. 2018)
  • 1925 Shirley Strickland, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 80m hurdles 1952, 56; 4 x 100m relay 1956), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1925 Glen Wood, American auto racer, team owner (Wood Bros Racing), born in Stuart, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • 1927 Zin [Parke Gerald Zinzan] Harris, New Zealand cricketer (father of Chris NZ batsman in 50's & 60's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1991)
  • 1929 Dick Button, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, 52), born in Englewood, New Jersey

  • 1935 Tenley Albright, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1936 Ted Harris, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1938 John Connelly, English footballer (20 English caps), born in St Helens, Lancashire (d. 2012)
  • 1939 Jerry Moore, American football player and coach, born in Bonham, Texas
  • 1940 Joe Torre, American baseball outfield and manager (Braves, Mets, 1971 NL MVP), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942 Giacinto Facchetti, Italian footballer, born in Treviglio, Italy (d. 2006)
  • 1943 Calvin Peete, American golfer (12 PGA Tour titles), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1944 David Hemery, English 400m-hurdler (Olympic gold 1968), born in Cirencester, England
  • 1949 Dennis Lillee, Australian cricket fast bowler (1971-84), born in Subiaco, Western Australia
  • 1950 Kostas Eleftherakis, Greek footballer (Panathinaikos), born in Greece
  • 1951 Bruce Lietzke, American golfer (13 PGA Tour wins; US Senior Open 2003), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1952 James Forbes, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Fort Rucker, Alabama
  • 1954 Imtiaz Ali, West Indian cricketer (brother of Inshan One Test WI v India 1976), born in Maraval, Trinidad
  • 1954 Robert Cameron, CFL punter (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1956 Razor Shines, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Durham, North Carolina

Person of interestNick Faldo

1957 Nick Faldo, English golfer (US Masters 1989, 90, 96; British Open 1987, 90, 92), born in Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • 1963 Lonnie Young, NFL safety/cornerback (NY Jets)
  • 1965 Robert Holland, CFL defensive back (BC Lions)
  • 1966 Dan[iel Dion] O'Brien, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1967 Jeff Lageman, NFL defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)

  • 1970 Bronwyn Roye, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1970 John Kalin, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1970 Margaret Langford, canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972 Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, NBA guard (Orlando, Olympic gold 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1972 Bernard Williams, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Bruce Walker, NFL nose tackle (NE Patriots)
  • 1974 Derek Anderson, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1975 Torii Hunter, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2002, 07, 09, 10, 13; Gold Glove Award 2001–09; Minnesota Twins, LA Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1978 Shane Horgan, Irish rugby player
  • 1978 Ben Sheets, American baseball player
  • 1979 Deion Branch, American football player
  • 1982 Panagiotis Lagos, Greek footballer
  • 1983 Carlos Diogo, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1988 César Villaluz, Mexican footballer

Person of interestCanelo Álvarez

1990 Canelo Álvarez, Mexican boxer (multiple weight division world champion), born in Guadalajara, Mexico