On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on October 18

  • 1854 Billy Murdoch, Australian cricket batsman (18 Tests Australia, 1 England; 2 x 100s; NSW, Sussex CCC, London CCC), born in Bendigo, Australia (d. 1911)
  • 1875 Len Braund, English cricket all-rounder (23 Tests, 3 x 100, 47 wickets; Surrey CCC, Somerset CCC), born in Clewer, Berkshire, England (d. 1955)
  • 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)

Mike Ditka

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

  • 1940 H.B. "Toby" Halicki, American filmmaker, stunt driver, and actor (Gone In 60 Seconds), born in Dunkirk, New York (d. 1989)
  • 1942 Willie Horton, baseball slugger (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1944 Slobodan Škrbić, Serbian soccer defender (4 caps Yugoslavia; Red Star Belgrade, Lille), born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 2022)
  • 1945 Yıldo, Turkish famous showman and football player
  • 1947 John Johnson, NBA (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • 1949 George Hendrick, baseball outfielder (4 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1972 Oakland A's, 1982 St. Louis Cardinals; Silver Slugger Award 1980, 83), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1949 Ed Farmer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; Chicago White Sox) and radio broadcaster (Chicago White Sox, 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

Martina Navratilova

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

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

Thomas 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)

Jean-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
  • 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
  • 1971 Yoo Sang-chul, South Korean soccer midfielder (124 caps; 2002 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team; Ulsan Hyundai), born in Seoul, South Korea (d. 2021)
  • 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
  • 1990 Brittany Griner, American basketball player (Phoenix Mercury), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1995 Yui Ohashi, Japanese swimmer (Olympic gold women's 200/400m IM 2021), born in Hikone, Japan