On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 18

  • 1882 Charles "Babe" Adams, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1906-26 (1 game with St. Louis Cardinals; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Tipton, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • 1905 Hedley Verity, English cricket spin bowler (40 Tests, 144 wickets @ 24.37), born in Leeds, Yorkshire (d. 1943)
  • 1909 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (8 x Grand Slam singles, 6 x Grand Slam doubles titles; Davis Cup 1933, 34, 35, 36), born in Stockport, England (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Jack Whitaker, American sportscaster (ABC, CBS), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1925 Nigel Howard, English cricket batsman and captain (4 Tests; Lancashire, MCC), born in Gee Cross, Hyde, Cheshire (d. 1979)

Brooks Robinson

1937 Brooks Robinson, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (18 x MLB All Star; World Series 1966, 70 [MVP]; 16 × Gold Glove Award; Baltimore Orioles), born in Little Rock, Arkansas

  • 1939 Neil McCarthy, American college basketball coach (Weber State Uni 1974-85, New Mexico State Uni 1985-97), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2021)
  • 1940 Pat Trimborn, South African cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa
  • 1942 Nobby Stiles, English soccer midfielder (28 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United 311 games) and manager (Preston NE, WBA), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)

Reggie Jackson

1946 Reggie Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (14-time All Star)), born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania

  • 1950 Rodney Milburn Jr, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1972), born in Opelousas, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1951 Angela Voigt, East German long jumper (Olympic gold 1976), born in Weferlingen, East Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1951 Rodger Davis, Australian golfer (British Open runner-up 1997), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1951 Jim Sundberg, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Galesburg, Illinois
  • 1956 Naomichi 'Joe' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (32 Japan Tour titles), born in Tekushima, Japan
  • 1958 Ray Donaldson, NFL center (Dallas Cowboys), born in Rome, Georgia
  • 1959 Graham Dilley, English cricket fast bowler (41 Tests, 138 wickets; Kent CCC, Worcestershire CCC), born in Dartford, England (d. 2011)

Jari Kurri

1960 Jari Kurri, Finnish NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Helsinki, Finland

  • 1962 Mike Whitmarsh, American beach volleyballer (Olympic silver 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963 Marty McSorley, Canadian NHL defenseman (LA Kings, NY Rangers), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1964 Will Wolford, American NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1965 Erik Hanson, American MLB pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Kinnelon, New Jersey
  • 1965 Rufus Porter, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1988-89; Seattle Seahawks), born in Amite, Louisiana
  • 1967 Karl Dunbar, American NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals), born in Opelousas, Louisiana
  • 1967 Heinz-Harald Frentzen, German F1 driver (Williams), born in Mönchengladbach, Germany
  • 1970 Clemens Zwijnenberg, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1970 Vicky Sunohara, Canadian ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1971 Ben Coleman, American guard/offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in South Hill, Virginia
  • 1971 Clifton Sunada, American extra-lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971 Craig Hentrich, American NFL punter (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Alton, Illinois
  • 1971 Karyn Bye-Dietz, American ice hockey forward (Olympic Gold-1998 & Silver-2002), born in River Falls, Wisconsin
  • 1971 Rich Garces, Venezuelan MLB pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Maracay Venezuela
  • 1971 Nobuteru Taniguchi, Japanese racing driver
  • 1972 Turner Stevenson, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Prince George, British Columbia
  • 1973 Darren Van Impe, Canadian NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Saskatoon
  • 1973 Donyell Marshall, NBA forward and coach (Golden State Warriors), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Tory James, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in new Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1973 Dario Franchitti, Scottish racecar driver and commentator, born in Bathgate, Scotland
  • 1974 Nelson Figueroa, American baseball player and analyst, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1975 John Higgins, Scottish snooker player (4-time world champion), born in Wishaw, Scotland
  • 1977 Lee Hendrie, English footballer, born in Solihull, England
  • 1977 Danny Mills, English footballer (Leeds United), born in Norwich, England
  • 1978 Ricardo Carvalho, Portuguese footballer (Chelsea, Real Madrid), born in Amarante, Portugal
  • 1978 Marcus Giles, American baseball player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1979 Mariusz Lewandowski, Polish footballer (Shakhtar Donetsk), born in Legnica, Poland
  • 1979 Julián Speroni, Argentine footballer (Crystal Palace), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1979 Milivoje Novakovič, Slovenian footballer, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 1981 Mahamadou Diarra, Malian footballer, born in Bamako, Mali
  • 1982 Jason Brown, English-born footballer, born in London, England
  • 1983 Gary O'Neil, English footballer (Portsmouth), born in Beckenham, England
  • 1983 Vince Young, American football player, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1984 Niki Terpstra, Dutch cyclist, born in Beverwijk, Netherlands
  • 1984 Joakim Soria, Mexican baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2008, 10; Kansas City Royals), born in Monclova, Mexico
  • 1984 Simon Pagenaud, French auto racer (IndyCar champion 2016; Indianapolis 500 2019), born in Poitiers, France
  • 1992 Josh Phelps, Australian soccer player, born in Tamworth, Australia
  • 1993 Jiří Prskavec, Czech canoeist (Olympic gold K1 slalom 2020; 4 x World C'ship gold 2015, 17, 19), born in Mělník, Czech Republic