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)
  • 1933 Forrest Gregg, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys)

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
  • 1952 Roy Dias, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test batsman)
  • 1952 Jerry Royster, American baseball player

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)
  • 1958 Thomas Hearns, American boxer
  • 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
  • 1965 Fayette Purser, Australian golfer (NSW State Rep 1987-88), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1966 Alan Mills, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • 1966 Denise Philbrick, LPGA golfer
  • 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)
  • 1971 Emmett Waldron, WLAF linebacker (Scottish Claymores)
  • 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