On This Day: May 18

Italian striker Roberto Baggio and the sport of surfing helped make the 18th of May a memorable day in sport.

Record transfer for Roberto Baggio


On this day in 1990, Italian footballer Roberto Baggio stunned the world with his then world record transfer fee of £8 million for a move from Fiorentina to Juventus.

The star striker would justify the price, however, scoring 78 goals in 141 appearances for Juventus, solidifying his status as a club and international legend.

A landmark day for surfing


On this day in 1964, the first ever surfing world championships were held at Manly Beach in New South Wales, Australia.

Local surfers Midget Farrelly and Phyllis O’Donnell won the men’s and women’s titles respectively.

Sporting Birthdays

1942 – NP (Nobby) Stiles, footballer
1945 – Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Indian cricketer
1946 – Reggie Jackson, NY Yankees baseball right fielder
1960 – Yannick Noah, French tennis player
1973 – Dario Franchitti, Scottish racecar driver