On This Day

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)
  • 1921 Angelo Bertelli, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1943, National C'ship 1943, Notre Dame), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1999)

Person of interestGeorge Mikan

1924 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1951-54; NBL MVP 1948; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1932 Carl Tacy, American college basketball coach (Wake Forest University 1972-85; 222-149 record), born in Huttonsville, West Virginia (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Jean Wicki, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1936 Denny Hulme, New Zealand auto racer (F1 World Drivers' Champion 1967), born in Motueka, New Zealand (d. 1992)
  • 1939 Lou Brock, one-time baseball stolen base leader (St Louis Cards)
  • 1940 Jim Albus, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 1991), born in Staton Island, NY
  • 1950 Annelie Ehrhardt, German 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1972), born in Hötensleben, East Germany
  • 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, American 141 lbs US weightlifter (Olympics 1996), born in Saigon, Vietnam

  • 1966 Bob Kempainen, American marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1966 Doug Bodger, Canadian NHL defenseman (Team Canada, San Jose), born in Chemainus, British Columbia
  • 1966 Kurt Browning, Canadian figure skater (Olympic-5-1994), born in Alberta, Canada
  • 1966 Luke Jensen, American tennis player (1993 French Open doubles), born in Grayling, Michigan
  • 1966 Sandy Alomar, Puerto Rican catcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Salinas, Puerto Rico
  • 1968 John Lumkes, 3k steeplechase runner, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Jay Leeuwenburg, American NFL guard/center (Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1971 Blair Pocock, cricketer (New Zealand opening batsman 1993)
  • 1971 Nigel Owens, Welsh rugby union referee (record holder for most Test matches refereed ), born in Mynyddcerrig, Carmarthenshire
  • 1972 Otakar Vejvoda, Kladno CZE, hockey forward (Team Czech Rep)
  • 1973 Tracy Noonan, American soccer goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1973 Alexandros Papadimitriou, Greek hammer thrower
  • 1974 Keith Poole, wide receiver (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1974 Vincenzo Montella, Italian footballer
  • 1975 Aleksandrs Koliņko, Latvian footballer
  • 1975 Martin St. Louis, Canadian hockey player
  • 1980 Antonio Gates, American football player
  • 1980 Craig Mottram, Australian middle distance runner (World C'ship bronze 2005, only non-African runner to medal in event since 1987), born in Frankston, Victoria
  • 1984 Janne Happonen, Finnish ski jumper, born in Kuopio, Finland
  • 1986 Richard Gasquet, French tennis player, born in Béziers, France