On This Day

Birthdays in Sport on September 18

  • 1869 Ellen Hansell, American tennis player (US National champion 1887), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1937)
  • 1892 Cyril Walker, English golfer (US Open 1924), born in Manchester, England (d. 1948)
  • 1911 Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (d. 1976)
  • 1912 Sarah Palfrey Cooke, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1941, 45), born in Sharon, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Harvey Haddix, American baseball pitcher (pitched perfect game into 12th), born in Medway, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Bud Greenspan, American documentary maker (Olympic Games), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1926 Bob Toski, American golfer, instructor (PGA Tour leading money winner 1954), born in Haydenville, Massachusetts

Person of interestScotty Bowman

1933 Scotty Bowman, NHL player and coach (Montreal Canadians/Detroit Red Wings), born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • 1942 Alex Stepney, English football goalkeeper (Manchester United), born in Mitcham, Surrey, England
  • 1946 Otis Sistrunk, American football player (Oakland Raiders), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1947 Giancarlo Minardi, Italian founder and Managing Director of Minardi Formula One team, born in Faenza, Italy
  • 1948 Ken Brett, American baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1949 Peter Shilton, English football goalkeeper, born in Leicester, England

Person of interestDarryl Sittler

1950 Darryl Sittler, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (NHL record for most points in a game, 10), born in St. Jacobs, Ontario

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • 1951 Marc Surer, Swiss motor racing driver, born in Arisdorf, Switzerland
  • 1952 Rick Pitino, American basketball coach, born in NYC, New York

  • 1954 Tommy Tuberville, American football coach, born in Camden, Arkansas
  • 1955 Billy Sims, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1978, U of Oklahoma; Pro Bowl 1980–82, Detroit Lions), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1956 Peter Šťastný, Slovak-Canadian ice hockey player, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • 1958 John Aldridge, Irish footballer, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1959 Ryne Sandberg, American baseball infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1959 Ian Arkwright, English footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers), born in Shafton, Barnsley, England
  • 1962 John Fashanu, English footballer and TV presenter, born in Kensington, London
  • 1963 Richard Weiss, American slalom single kayaker (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1963 Jim Pocklington, British racing driver, born in Romford, London
  • 1966 Isabelle Demongeot, French tennis star, born in Gassin, France
  • 1968 Toni Kukoč, Croatian-American NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
  • 1969 Robert Coons, American NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills), born in Brea, California
  • 1970 Everett Lindsay, American NFL guard and center (Minnesota Vikings), born in Burlington, Iowa
  • 1970 Gary Rogers, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1970 Mike Compton, American NFL center and guard (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, Virginia
  • 1971 Kate Starre, Armadale Australia, field hockey utility (Olympics 1996)

Person of interestLance Armstrong

1971 Lance Armstrong, American road cyclist (7 Tour de France titles) banned for illegal drug use, born in Plano, Texas

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 1971 Oleg Ladik, Canadian 100 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1971 Ron Childs, American NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Kennewick, Washington
  • 1972 François Gesthuizen, Dutch soccer player (PSV, NAC), born in Millingen aan de Rijn, Netherlands

  • 1972 Richard Huntley, American NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons), born in Monroe, North Carolina
  • 1972 Brigitte Becue, Belgian swimmer (Olympics 1988, silver), born in Ostend, Belgium
  • 1972 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer, born in Shipley, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2003)
  • 1973 Paul Brousseau, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada
  • 1974 Sol Campbell, English footballer, born in Plaistow, London
  • 1974 Ticha Penicheiro, Portuguese basketball player (Sacramento Monarchs), born in Figueira da Foz, Portugal
  • 1975 Kanstantsin Lukashyk, Belarusian pistol shooter (OLympic gold 1992), born in Hrodna, Belarus

Person of interestRonaldo

1976 Ronaldo [Luís Nazário de Lima], Brazilian retired soccer player, popularly described as "O Fenômeno" (The Phenomenon), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Football Star Ronaldo
Football Star
Ronaldo
  • 1976 Gabriel Gervais, Canadian football player
  • 1977 Li Tie, Chinese footballer
  • 1978 Augustine Simo, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1979 Daniel Aranzubia, Spanish footballer
  • 1980 Avi Strool, Israeli footballer
  • 1980 Chris Tarrant, Australian football player
  • 1983 Kevin Doyle, Irish footballer
  • 1984 Anthony Gonzalez, American football player