On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 18

  • 1854 Bill Murdoch, cricketer (great pioneer of Australian Test cricket)
  • 1875 Len Braund, cricketer (great England all-rounder in 23 Tests 1901-08)
  • 1882 Lucien Petit-Breton, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1907-8), born in Plessé, France (d. 1917)
  • 1927 Ramesh Divecha, cricketer (eleven wickets for India in early 50's)
  • 1928 Keith Jackson, American sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football, college football), born in Roopville, Georgia (d. 2018)
  • 1928 R H "Deepak" Shodhan, cricketer (century on Test debut for India)
  • 1931 Ed Biles, American football coach (College: Xavier 1962-68; NFL: Houston Oilers 1981-83), born in Reading, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Forrest Gregg, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle, coach (9-time Pro Bowl; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), born in Birthright, TX (d. 2019)

Person of interestMike Ditka

1939 Mike Ditka, NFL coach and tight-end (Bears, Cowboys, NFL rookie year 1961), born in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • 1942 Willie Horton, baseball slugger (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1945 Yıldo, Turkish famous showman and football player
  • 1947 John Johnson, NBA (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • 1949 George Hendrick, baseball player
  • 1949 Ed Farmer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; Chicago WS) and broadcaster (Chicago WS radio 1991-2005), born in Evergreen Park, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1952 Roy Dias, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test batsman)
  • 1952 Jerry Royster, American baseball player

  • 1955 Denis Watson, South African golfer (US Open 1985 runner-up; Senior PGA C'ship 2007), born in Harare, Zimbabwe

Person of interestMartina Navratilova

1956 Martina Navratilova, Czech/American tennis player (18 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Prague, Czech Republic

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1958 Hal Haenel, star sailor (Olympic 8th 1988, 92, 96), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1958 Kjell Samuelsson, Tyngsryd Swe, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers)

Person of interestThomas Hearns

1958 Thomas Hearns, American boxer (first boxer to win world titles in 5 weight divisions), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • 1959 Ernesto Canto, Mexican race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1984; World C'ship gold 20k 1983), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • 1960 Doug Lidster, Kamloops, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers)

Person of interestJean-Claude Van Damme

1960 Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgian actor (Double Impact, Kickboxer, No Retreat), born in Brussels, Belgium

  • 1961 Eric Jespersen, Port Alberni BC, star sailor (Olympic bronze 1992, 96)
  • 1961 Gladstone Small, English cricketer, born in St. George, Barbados
  • 1962 Jody Rosenthal, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1987), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1964 Etsuko Inoue, Japan, tennis star
  • 1964 George Ferris, Antigua cricketer (Leewards fast bowler), born in Antigua
  • 1966 Alan Mills, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • 1966 Jerod Swallow, American ice skater (1997 Nationals), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1966 Kristine Middeler, Felicity Oh, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1994)
  • 1967 Gary John Anderson, New Zealand track and road cyclist (Olympics 1996-bronze), born in Wanganui, New Zealand
  • 1968 Denisa Szabova, Bratislava Czech, tennis star (1987 Futures-GER)
  • 1968 Michael Stich, German tennis star
  • 1968 Narendra Hirwani, Indian cricketer (16 wickets v WI on debut 1988), born in Gorakhpur, India

  • 1968 Stuart Law, cricketer (prolific Queensland batsman, Australia 1995)
  • 1969 Anthony Avent, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1969 Nelson Vivas, Argentine former footballer
  • 1970 Bob Kennedy, Bloomington Indiana, 5k runner
  • 1970 Camille Spitaleri, Mountain View Ca, female infielder (Silver Bullets)
  • 1970 Mark Schenning, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1970 Shane Bonham, NFL defensive linesman (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971 Bob Whitfield, NFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons), born in Carson, California
  • 1972 Angie Marzetta, Norfolk Virginia, female outfielder (Silver Bullets)
  • 1972 Alex Tagliani, Quebec racing driver
  • 1973 Demetrious Maxie, CFL defensive end (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1973 John Baldwin Jr, figure skater (1996 SW Pacific Sr champ), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1973 Michalis Kapsis, Greek footballer
  • 1974 Robbie Savage, Welsh footballer
  • 1975 Alex Cora, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1977 Ryan Nelsen, New Zealand footballer
  • 1977 David Vuillemin, French professional Motocross Rider, born in Berre-l'Étang, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
  • 1978 Mike Tindall, English rugby union player
  • 1985 Yoenis Cespedes, Cuban MLB player, born in Campechuela