On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on May 18

  • 1882 Babe Adams, American baseball player (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 and broadcaster (8-time Grand Slam singles winner), 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)
  • 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
  • 1940 Pat Trimborn, South African cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa
  • 1942 Nobby Stiles MBE, English soccer midfielder (28 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United 311 games) and manager (Preston NE, WBA), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)

Person of interestReggie Jackson

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

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1950 Rodney Milburn Jr, American hurdler (Olympic gold 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 cricketer (wicket-taker of 80's)

Person of interestJari Kurri

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

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri

Person of interestYannick Noah

1960 Yannick Noah, French tennis player (French Open 1983), born in Sedan, France

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah
  • 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 Lael Perlstrom, American WPVA volleyballer (US Open-25-1995), born in Laguna Beach, California
  • 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 player, 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