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)
  • 1892 Sam Staples, English cricket medium pace bowler (3 Tests, 15 wickets; Nottinghamshire), born in Newstead Colliery, England (d. 1950)
  • 1911 Syd Howe, Canadian Hockey HOF left wing (Stanley Cup 1936, 37, 43 Detroit Red Wings), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1976)
  • 1912 Sarah Palfrey Cooke, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1941, 45), born in Sharon, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Johnny Mantz, American race car driver (Southern 500, 1950), born in Hebron, Indiana (d. 1972)
  • 1925 Harvey Haddix, American baseball pitcher (pitched perfect game into 12th), born in Medway, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Bob Toski, American golfer, instructor (PGA Tour leading money winner 1954), born in Haydenville, Massachusetts
  • 1926 Bud Greenspan, American documentary maker (Olympic Games; IOC Olympic Order award 1985), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)

Scotty BowmanScotty Bowman (89 years old)

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

  • 1937 Ralph Backstrom, Canadian ice hockey centre (6 x Stanley Cup with Montreal Canadiens; 6 x NHL All-Star), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • 1942 Alex Stepney, English football goalkeeper (Manchester United), born in Mitcham, Surrey, England
  • 1945 Ottorino Sartor, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (27 caps; Defensor Arica, CNI), born in Chancay, Peru (d. 2021)
  • 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

Ken BrettKen Brett (1948-2003)

American baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1949 Peter Shilton, English football goalkeeper, born in Leicester, England

Darryl SittlerDarryl Sittler (72 years old)

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

  • 1951 Darryl Stingley, American NFL football wide receiver, 1973-77 (New England Patriots), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 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 and politician (Senator-R-Alabama 2021-), 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

Peter ŠťastnýPeter Šťastný (66 years old)

1956 Slovak-Canadian Hockey HOF center (2nd-highest NHL scorer 1980s, after Wayne Gretzky; World C'ship gold 1976, 77; Canada Cup gold 1984; Quebec Nordiques, NJ Devils, St. Louis Blues), born in Bratislava, Slovakia

  • 1958 John Aldridge, Irish soccer striker (69 caps, Republic of Ireland; Newport County, Oxford United, Liverpool, Real Sociedad, Tranmere Rovers), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1959 Ian Arkwright, English footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers), born in Shafton, Barnsley, England

Ryne SandbergRyne Sandberg (63 years old)

1959 American Baseball HOF infielder (10 × MLB All-Star; NL MVP 1984; 9 × Gold Glove Award; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Philadelphia Phillies 2013-15), born in Spokane, Washington

  • 1962 John Fashanu, English soccer striker (2 caps; Wimbledon FC) and TV presenter (Gladiators; Fash's Football Challenge; Deal or No Deal Nigeria), born in London, England
  • 1963 Jim Pocklington, British racing driver, born in Romford, London
  • 1963 Richard Weiss, American slalom single kayaker (Olympic 6th 1996), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1966 Isabelle Demongeot, French tennis star, born in Gassin, France
  • 1968 Toni Kukoč, Croatian basketball forward (NBA C'ship 1996, 97, 98 Chicago Bulls; NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1996; 5 × Euroscar Player of the Year), born in Split, Croatia
  • 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 Mike Compton, American NFL center and guard (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, Virginia
  • 1971 Kate Starre, Australian field hockey utility (Olympics 1996), born in Armadale, Australia

Lance ArmstrongLance Armstrong (51 years old)

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

  • 1971 Oleg Ladik, Canadian 100 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1971 Ron Childs, American NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Kennewick, Washington
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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

RonaldoRonaldo (46 years old)

1976 Brazilian retired Soccer Player, popularly described as "O Fenômeno" (The Phenomenon), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [birth not officially registered until 22nd]

  • 1977 Kieran West, British oarsman (Olympic Gold 2000), born in Kingston upon Thames, England
  • 1977 Li Tie, Chinese footballer and coach (Everton), born in Shenyang, China
  • 1978 Augustine Simo, Cameroonian footballer, born in Bangangté, Cameroon
  • 1979 Daniel Aranzubia, Spanish footballer, born in Logroño, Spain
  • 1980 Avi Strool, Israeli footballer, born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1980 Chris Tarrant, Australian Rules football player, born in Mildura, Australia
  • 1983 Kevin Doyle, Irish footballer, born in Adamstown, Ireland
  • 1984 Anthony Gonzalez, American politician (Rep-(R)-Ohio 2019-) and football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio