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Last Updated 04-19-2018

🎭🏆🏀Kareem Abdul-Jabbar -- is 71 in the year 2018 and 72 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1947
Hall of Famer, Movie Actor, NBA Center
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.
Misc: 3x NCAA Men's Basketball Champion (1967-1969) who led UCLA to 3 titles; 3x NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1967-1969); Naismith College Player of the Year (1969); 2x USBWA College Player of the Year (1967-1968); 2x Player of The Year; NBA Rookie of the Year (1970); NBA All-Rookie Team (1970); led Milwaukee (1) and LA Lakers (5) to 6 NBA titles (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-1988); 2x NBA Finals MVP (1971, 1985); NBA regular season MVP 6 times (1971-1972, 1974, 1976-1977, 1980); 19x NBA All-Star (1970-1977, 1979-1989); also of Boston Celtics; 38,387 career points!; 787 consecutive double-figure games, most lifetime games played (1,560), and most field goals (15,524); postseason: 237 games, 5762 points, 24.3 ppg; 10x All-NBA First Team (1971-1974, 1976-1977, 1980-1981, 1984, 1986); 5x All-NBA Second Team (1970, 1978-1979, 1983, 1985); 5x NBA All-Defensive First Team (1974-1975, 1979-1981); 6x NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1970-1971, 1976-1978, 1984); movie: Airplane's Roger Murdoch; retired after 20 seasons as all-time leader in over 20 categories; career 17,440 rebounds; 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996); Lakers #33 retired, Bucks #33 retired
Sports Teams: Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975), Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989)

🏆⚾Antonio Alfonseca -- is 46 in the year 2018 and 47 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1972
MLB Pitcher, Dominican Republican

🏆⚾Nolan Arenado -- is 27 in the year 2018 and 28 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1991 N.S.
MLB Third Baseman
Misc: NL Platinum Glove Award (2017), 5x Gold Glove, All-Star, silver slugger; active as of 2018
Sports Teams: Colorado Rockies

🏆🏈Jim Ballard -- is 46 in the year 2018 and 47 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1972
Hall of Famer, NFL Quarterback, College Football Player, CFL Figure, XFL Figure
Misc: in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Mount Union College, London Monarchs (1995), Scottish Claymores (1995-1996), Scottish Claymores (1998), Toronto Argonauts (1999), Saskatchewan Roughriders (2000), Las Vegas Outlaws (2001), Buffalo Destroyers (2001), Indiana Firebirds (2002), Toronto Argonauts (2002), Indiana Firebirds (2003)

🏆🎾Peaches Bartkowicz -- is 69 in the year 2018 and 70 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1949
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player
Names/Places: RN: Jane Bartkowicz
Misc: retired as a player in 1971; in the United States Tennis Association / Midwest Hall of Fame as well as the Michigan Sports and National Polish American Sports Halls of Fame

🏆🏈Bill Belichick -- is 66 in the year 2018 and 67 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1952
NFL Coach, College Football Player
Misc: led the New England Patriots to victory in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX and XLIX; AP NFL Coach of the Year 3x
Sports Teams: New England Patriots

🏆⚽Rafael Benítez -- is 58 in the year 2018 and 59 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1960 N.S.
Soccer Player, Soccer Manager, Spanish

🏆⚾Bruce Bochy -- is 63 in the year 2018 and 64 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1955
MLB Coach, MLB Player

🎭🏆🥊Gina Carano -- is 36 in the year 2018 and 37 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1982 N.S.
Actress, Mixed Martial Arts, Model
TV Shows: American Gladiators (contestant)
Movie Titles: Haywire, Fast and Furious 6, Deadpool

🏆Nancy Crawford -- is 77 in the year 2018 and 78 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1941 N.S.
Model, Playmate
Misc: April 1959

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🏆🏀Luol Deng -- is 33 in the year 2018 and 34 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1985 N.S.
NBA Player, Sudan

🏆🥊Nate Diaz -- is 33 in the year 2018 and 34 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1985 N.S.
Mixed Martial Arts

🏆🏈Ferrell Edmunds -- is 53 in the year 2018 and 54 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1965
NFL Player

🏆🏈Steve Entman -- is 48 in the year 2018 and 49 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1970
Hall of Famer, NFL Player, College Football Player, Football Coach
Misc: in the College Football Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: University of Washington in Seattle, Indianapolis Colts (1992-1994), Miami Dolphins (1995-1996), Washington Redskine (1997), Spokane Shock (coach 2007-2010)

🏆🏒Brian Farrell -- is 46 in the year 2018 and 47 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1972
NHL Player

🏆🏒Garry Galley -- is 55 in the year 2018 and 56 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1963
NHL Player, Canadian

🏆🥊Vickie Guerrero -- is 50 in the year 2018 and 51 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1968 N.S.
Wrestler

🏆🏁🏇Sandy Hawley -- is 69 in the year 2018 and 70 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1949
Jockey, Canadian
Misc: Horse Racing

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🏆🏈John Hill -- is 68 in the year 2018 and 69 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1950
NFL Player

🏆🏀Reggie (Basketball) Jackson -- is 28 in the year 2018 and 29 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1990 N.S.
NBA Guard, Italian

🏆⚽Aaron Lennon -- is 31 in the year 2018 and 32 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1987 N.S.
Soccer Player, English

🏆🏒Chris Lindberg -- is 51 in the year 2018 and 52 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1967
NHL Player, Canadian

🏆⚾Jim Lonborg -- is 76 in the year 2018 and 77 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1942
MLB Pitcher
Misc: AL Cy Young Award winner in 1967
Sports Teams: Boston Red Sox

🎭🏆🏈Hayes MacArthur -- is 41 in the year 2018 and 42 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1977 N.S.
Actor, College Football Player
Movie Titles: Life as We Know It, The Gameplan, National Lampoon's Homo Erectus, Perfect Couples

🏆🎾Conchita Martínez -- is 46 in the year 2018 and 47 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1972
Tennis Player, Spanish

🏆🏈Bob McCaffrey -- is 66 in the year 2018 and 67 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1952
NFL Player

🏆🏈Buford McGee -- is 58 in the year 2018 and 59 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1960
NFL Runningback

🏆🏀Rodney Monroe -- is 50 in the year 2018 and 51 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1968
NBA Guard

🏆⛸Mirai Nagasu -- is 25 in the year 2018 and 26 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1993 N.S.
Figure Skater

🏆🏒Frederik Nilsson -- is 47 in the year 2018 and 48 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1971
Hockey Player

🏆🏈Jake Scott -- is 37 in the year 2018 and 38 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1981
NFL Player

🏆🎳Teata Semiz -- is 84 in the year 2018 and 85 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1934
Hall of Famer, Bowler
Misc: won 10 PBA titles

🏆🏈Lewis Tillman -- is 52 in the year 2018 and 53 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1966
NFL Runningback

🏆🏀Dick Versace -- is 78 in the year 2018 and 79 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1940
NBA Executive, NBA Coach, NBA Player

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🏆⚾Fernando Viña -- is 49 in the year 2018 and 50 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1969
MLB Player
Misc: All-Star, 2x Gold Glove
Sports Teams: Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals

🏆🥊Peter Westbrook -- is 66 in the year 2018 and 67 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1952
Fencer, Olympic Athlete
Misc: Olympic-bronze-1988, 92

🏆🏀Walt Williams -- is 48 in the year 2018 and 49 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1970
NBA Guard

🏆🏈Marcus Wilson -- is 50 in the year 2018 and 51 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1968
NFL Player

🏆🎾Natasha Zvereva -- is 47 in the year 2018 and 48 in the year 2019; b.4/16/1971
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player, Soviet

🏆🥊George Chaney -- Birth Anniversary -- b.4/16/1892 d.12/20/1958 (66)
Hall of Famer, Boxer

🏆🏈Charles Evans -- Birth Anniversary -- b.4/16/1967 d.10/12/2008 N.S. (41)
NFL Fullback

🏆🎾Dr. Robert Johnson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.4/16/1899 d.6/28/1971 (72)
Hall of Famer, Tennis Player

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🏆🏈Dick "Night Train" Lane -- Birth Anniversary -- b.4/16/1928 d.1/29/2002 (73)
Hall of Famer, NFL Cornerback
Misc: intercepted 1,207 yards with 5 TDs; 7x Pro Bowl, 6x First-team All-Pro, 4x Second-team All-Pro
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Rams (1952-1953), Chicago Cardinals (1954-1959), Detroit Lions (1960-1965)

🏆⚾Dutch Leonard -- Birth Anniversary -- b.4/16/1892 d.7/11/1952 (60)
MLB Pitcher
Names/Places: RN:Hubert Bejnamin Leonard

🏆🏁🏇Isaac Murphy -- Birth Anniversary -- b.4/16/1861 d.2/12/1896 (34)
Jockey
Misc: thoroughbred jockey, 628 wins on 1,412 mounts (44.5%); His yearly earnings were about $20,000; phenomenal at the time.

✍🎭🏆🥊William James "Jim" Myers -- Birth Anniversary -- b.4/16/1937 N.S. d.2/16/2017 N.S. (79)
Hall of Famer, Author, Actor, Wrestler
Names/Places: aka George "The Animal" Steele

🏆⚾Paul G. Waner -- Birth Anniversary -- b.4/16/1903 d.8/29/1965 (62)
Hall of Famer, MLB Right Fielder
Names/Places: NN:Big Poison
Misc: NL League Award Winner 1927; outfielder with 3152 hits
Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Pirates (1926-1940), Brooklyn Dodgers (1941), Boston Braves (1941-1942), Brooklyn Dodgers (1943-1944), New York Yankees (1944-1945)

🏆George Abel -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/23/1916 d.4/16/1996 (80)
Olympic Athlete, Canadian
Misc: ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1972)

🏆⚽Steve Bloomer -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/20/1874 d.4/16/1938 (64)
Hall of Famer, Soccer Center Forward, Soccer Manager, English

🏆⚾Ollie Lee "Downtown" Brown -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/11/1944 N.S. d.4/16/2015 N.S. (71)
MLB Player
Names/Places: NN: The Original (San Diego) Padre (after the team claimed him with their first pick in the 1968 expansion draft)
Sports Teams: San Diego Padres

🏆⚾John "Jocko" Conlan -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/6/1899 N.S. d.4/16/1989 N.S. (89)
Hall of Famer, MLB Umpire

🏆Fred Davis -- Death Anniversary -- b.8/14/1913 d.4/16/1998 (84)
Sports Figure, English
Misc: world champ snooker player (1948-49, 51)

🏆🏒Robert "Bob" Dill -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/25/1920 N.S. d.4/16/1991 N.S. (70)
Hall of Famer, Hockey Player
Sports Teams: Springfield Indians (AHL), St. Paul Saints (USHL), New York Rangers (NHL)

💰🏆General William Eckert -- Death Anniversary -- b.1/20/1909 d.4/16/1971 (62)
Executive, Sports Figure
Misc: 4th MLB Commissioner

🏆⚾Herman Junior Gilliam -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/5/1946 d.4/16/2005 N.S. (58)
MLB Player

🏆🏒Charles Hodge -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/28/1933 d.4/16/2016 N.S. (82)
NHL Goaltender, Canadian

🏆🎳Marion Ladewig -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/30/1914 d.4/16/2010 (95)
Bowler
Misc: named Woman Bowler of the Year 9 times, (1950-54,57-59,63).

🏆⚾Effa Louise Manley -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/27/1897 d.4/16/1981 (84)
Hall of Famer, Sports Executive, Baseball Figure
Misc: the first woman inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. She co-owned the Newark Eagles baseball franchise in the Negro leagues with her husband Abe Manley from 1935 to 1946 and was sole owner through 1948 after his death.

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🏆🏈🏀Everett Shelton -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/12/1898 N.S. d.4/16/1974 N.S. (75)
Hall of Famer, College Football Player, College Basketball Coach
Misc: in the Basketball and College Basketball Halls of Fame
Sports Teams: Philips University (football player), University of Wyoming (basketball coach 1939-1959), Sacramento State (basketball coach 1959-1968)

🏆Phyllis Sherwood -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/30/1937 N.S. d.4/16/2007 N.S. (69)
Model, Playmate
Misc: August 1963

🏆🏈Pat Summerall -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/10/1930 d.4/16/2013 (82)
Hall of Famer, Sportscaster, NFL Player
Misc: announced football, golf, and tennis; CBS Radio; True Value Hardware; some say b. 1931; in the National Sportscasters Hall of Fame
Sports Teams: Detroit Lions (1952), Chicago Cardinals (1953-1957), New York Giants (1958-1961)
TV Shows: CBS Sports

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