Birthdays in Sport on June 18

  • 1896 Cota Ramaswami, cricketer (Davis Cup for India 1922, Test 1936)
  • 1912 Glen Morris, American Olympic track and field champion (Olympic gold, 1936) and actor (Tarzan, Hold That Co-ed), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1974)
  • 1914 Billy Wade, cricket wicket-keeper (South African in 11 Tests 1938-50)
  • 1915 Arthur Fagg, cricketer (dual double-centuries in a game for Kent 1938)

Person of interestGeorge Mikan

1924 George Mikan, American NBA center (6-time all-pro), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1933 Jean Wicki, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1939 Lou Brock, one-time baseball stolen base leader (St Louis Cards)
  • 1939 Lynn Whiting, horse trainer
  • 1940 Jim Albus, PGA golfer (1991 Mazda Senior Players), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1949 Jerry Hollendorfer, horse trainer
  • 1950 Annelie Ehrhardt, German DR, 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1961 Andres Galarraga, Venezuelan infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Caracas
  • 1963 Bruce Smith, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1963 Joe Walter, NFL tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • 1964 Thanh Nguyen, Saigon Vietnam, 141 lbs US weightlifter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Bob Kempainen, marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • 1966 Doug Bodger, Chemainus BC, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, San Jose)
  • 1966 Kurt Browning, Alberta, figure skater (Olympic-5-1994)
  • 1966 Luke Jensen, Grayling Mich, tennis star (1993 French Open doubles)
  • 1966 Robert Kempainen, marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1966 Sandy Alomar, catcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 1968 John Lumkes, 3k steeplechase runner, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Fernando Valenzula, jockey
  • 1969 Jay Leeuwenburg, NFL guard/center (Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969 Laura Brown, LPGA golfer
  • 1971 Blair Pocock, cricketer (New Zealand opening batsman 1993)
  • 1971 Nigel Owens, Welsh Rugby Referee (Stonewall Sportsperson of the Decade), born in Mynyddcerrig, Carmarthenshire
  • 1972 Otakar Vejvoda, Kladno CZE, hockey forward (Team Czech Rep)
  • 1973 Rayna Stewart, safety/cornerback (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1973 Tracy Noonan, Lawrence Mass, soccer goalkeeper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Alexandros Papadimitriou, Greek hammer thrower
  • 1974 Keith Poole, wide receiver (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1974 Vincenzo Montella, Italian footballer
  • 1975 Aleksandrs KoliƆko, Latvian footballer
  • 1975 Martin St. Louis, Canadian hockey player
  • 1980 Antonio Gates, American football player
  • 1980 Craig Mottram, Australian middle distance runner
  • 1984 Mateus, Angolan footballer
  • 1984 Janne Happonen, Finnish ski jumper
  • 1986 Richard Gasquet, French tennis player
  • 1992 Bob Kempainen, marathoner (Olympics-66), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota