1978 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 198

  • Jan 1 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Oakland Raiders 20-17
  • Jan 1 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Minnesota Vikings 23-6
  • Jan 2 64th Rose Bowl: #13 Washington beats #4 Michigan, 27-20
  • Jan 2 44th Sugar Bowl: #3 Alabama beats #9 Ohio State, 35-6
  • Jan 2 44th Orange Bowl: #6 Arkansas beats #2 Oklahoma, 31-6
  • Jan 15 Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10 in N Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT
  • Jan 19 Eddie Mathews elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 23 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 14-13
  • Jan 24 31st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 3-2 (OT) at Buffalo
  • Jan 25 Padres trade pitcher Dave Tomlin & $125,000 to Rangers for Gaylord Perry (He wins 1978 Cy Young Award)
  • Jan 28 Ranger's Don Murdoch failed on 4th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 29 Joanne Carner wins Colgate Triple Crown Match-Play Golf Championship
  • Jan 30 Addie Joss & Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 5 Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded
  • Feb 5 28th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 133-125 at Atlanta

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 25th hat trick in NY Islander history, Denis Potvin's 2nd

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Feb 12 Debbie Austin wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic
  • Feb 14 In girls' HS basketball, Chicago Latin beats Harvard St George
  • Feb 15 England all out 64 for 1st loss to NZ in cricket (Geoffrey Boycott captain)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 15 Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Feb 18 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii
  • Feb 19 20th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (159.73 MPH)
  • Feb 20 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Feb 24 Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 25 England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham scores first Test century, 103 v New Zealand in Christchurch

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 26 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Mar 3 1st day of Test cricket for Desmond Haynes (WI v Australia)
  • Mar 4 25th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 85-77
  • Mar 7 Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 5th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Mar 9 Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk & Karponosov
  • Mar 12 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic
  • Mar 14 NFL permanently adds 7th official (side judge)
  • Mar 19 Sally Little wins LPGA Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • Mar 20 Flyers' Rick MacLeash scores on 6th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Mar 21 Padres fire Al Dark (2nd manager ever fired during spring training)
  • Mar 27 40th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Duke 94-88
  • Apr 1 132nd Grand National: Bob Davies aboard Lucius wins
  • Apr 2 7th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
  • Apr 2 Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, v Aust Georgetown

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 42nd Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 277

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Apr 9 Brewers sweep Orioles 11-3, 16-3, & 13-5 (each with a grand slam)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 In separate NBA games Denver's David Thompson scores 73 points & San Antonio's George Gervin scores 63 points (33 in 1 quarter)

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • Apr 10 Formation of Major Indoor Soccer League announced
  • Apr 13 NY Yanks defeat White Sox 4-2 in home opener on Reggie Candy Bar Day
  • Apr 16 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • Apr 16 St Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0
  • Apr 17 82nd Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:10:13 and Gayle Barron of United States 1st woman in 2:44:52
  • Apr 23 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 24 Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Apr 25 Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance
  • Apr 30 Janet Coles wins LPGA Natural Light Lady Tara Golf Classic

  • May 2 NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 games
  • May 2 1978 NFL Draft: Earl Campbell from University of Texas first pick by Houston Oilers
  • May 3 Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston
  • May 3 WI all set to lose cricket test v Aust at Kingston till riots end game

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 5 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • May 6 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen wins aboard Affirmed - first and only Derby victory and 1st-leg of Triple Crown
  • May 8 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • May 10 22nd European Cup: Liverpool beats Club Brugge 1-0 at London
  • May 14 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • May 20 103rd Preakness: Steve Cauthen wins aboard Affirmed for the 2nd-leg of the Triple Crown
  • May 21 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • May 23 AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M
  • May 25 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser became 5th to win the race 3 times
  • May 29 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
  • Jun 1 Cricket Test debut of David Gower, v Pakistan, Edgbaston, scores 58
  • Jun 3 Phillies Dave Johnson is 1st to hit 2 pinch hit grand slams in a year
  • Jun 4 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Lachute GC: JoAnne Carner wins by 8 strokes from Hollis Stacy
  • Jun 7 32nd NBA Championship: Wash Bullets beat Sea Supersonics, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 8 Braves draft Bob Horner #1

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 9 Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Jun 10 110th Belmont: Steve Cauthen wins aboard Affirmed to wrap up the Triple Crown
  • Jun 11 24th LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats Guillermo Vilas 6-1, 6-1, 6-3

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 77th Women's French Open: Virginia Ruzici beats Mima Jausovec (6-2, 6-2)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec
  • Jun 16 Cincinnati Red Tom Seaver no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • Jun 18 78th US Golf Open: Andy North shoots a 285 at Cherry Hill CC in Denver
  • Jun 18 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bankers Trust Golf Classic
  • Jun 19 Ian Botham takes 8-34 v Pakistan, his best Test cricket bowling
  • Jun 20 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton
  • Jun 25 FIFA World Cup Final: Striker Mario Kempes scores 2 goals as Argentina beats the Netherlands 3-1 a.e.t. in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jun 25 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Jun 30 Larry Doby becomes manager of Chicago White Sox
  • Jul 2 MLB pitcher Ron Guidry beats Detroit 3-2 for a NY Yankee record 13-0 start to the season

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her first Grand Slam singles title beating Chris Evert 2-6, 6-4, 7-5

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 7 NBA approves franchise swap; Buffalo Braves owner John Y. Brown and Harry Mangurian acquire Boston Celtics, while the Celtics owner Irv Levin gets Braves, later moved to San Diego to become the Clippers
  • Jul 8 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats Jimmy Connors 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
  • Jul 9 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
  • Jul 11 49th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at San Diego Stadium
  • Jul 11 All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers) collects his second award
  • Jul 14 Umpire Doug Harvey ejects Don Sutton after discovering 3 scuffed balls

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 15 107th British Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at St Andrews

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 NY Yankee manager Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson fight in dug out after Jackson refuses to bunt, causing Martin to suspend him

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jul 23 33rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Hollis Stacy
  • Jul 23 Phillies Steve Carlton becomes 78th pitcher to win 200
  • Jul 23 Mayence returns to helps Yankees win their 5th straight game
  • Jul 23 65th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • Jul 24 Pete Rose ties NL hitting streak of 37 games
  • Jul 25 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose sets NL record hitting in 38 consecutive games

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 393

  • Jan 1 Phillip Mulryne, Northern Irish footballer
  • Jan 3 Mike York, American ice hockey player
  • Jan 4 Dominik Hrbatý, Slovakian tennis player
  • Jan 5 Franck Montagny, French Formula One driver
  • Jan 6 Steve Hartsell, pairs skater (& Danielle Hartsell), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jan 6 Casey Fossum, Major League Baseball player
  • Jan 7 Kevin Mench, American baseball player
  • Jan 8 Boris Avrukh, Israeli chess grandmaster
  • Jan 9 Gennaro Gattuso, Italian footballer
  • Jan 9 Mathieu Garon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 9 Chad Johnson, American football player
  • Jan 11 Michael Duff, Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jan 11 Emile Heskey, English footballer, born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • Jan 12 Bonaventure Kalou, Ivorian footballer
  • Jan 12 Luis Ayala, Mexican baseball pitcher
  • Jan 14 Shawn Crawford, American sprinter
  • Jan 15 Franco Pellizotti, Italian cyclist
  • Jan 16 Alfredo Amézaga, Mexican baseball player
  • Jan 18 Thor Hushovd, Norwegian former professional road bicycle racer widely considered the greatest Norwegian cyclist of all time, born in Grimstad, Norway
  • Jan 18 Brian Falkenborg, American baseball player
  • Jan 20 Sonja Kesselschläger, German heptathlete
  • Jan 20 Allan Søgaard, Danish footballer
  • Jan 21 Faris al-Sultan, German-Iraqi triathlete
  • Jan 21 Andrei Zyuzin, Russian ice hockey player
  • Jan 22 Chone Figgins, American baseball player
  • Jan 25 Denis Menchov, Russian cyclist, born in Oryol, Russia
  • Jan 25 Jason Roberts, English-born footballer, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 25 Derrick Turnbow, Major League Baseball Player, born in Union City, Tennessee
  • Jan 26 Estéban Germán, Dominican baseball player
  • Jan 26 Corina Morariu, American tennis player
  • Jan 27 Pete Laforest, Canadian baseball player
  • Jan 28 Gianluigi Buffon, Italian footballer
  • Jan 28 Papa Bouba Diop, Senegalese footballer
  • Jan 28 Jamie Carragher, English footballer
  • Jan 29 Martin Schmitt, German ski jumper
  • Jan 29 Rob Bironas, American football player
  • Jan 30 Lnd Girchoukevitch, NHL goaltender (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 30 John Patterson, American baseball player
  • Jan 31 Fabián Caballero, Argentine footballer
  • Feb 2 Annabel Ellwood, Canberra Australia, tennis star (1995 Futures NC)
  • Feb 2 Barry Ferguson, Scottish football player
  • Feb 5 Brian Russell, American football player
  • Feb 7 Daniel Van Buyten, Belgian footballer
  • Feb 7 Endy Chávez, baseball player
  • Feb 8 Christa Williams, softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 9 Airton Daré, Brazilian racing driver
  • Feb 12 Brett Hodgson, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Liverpool, Australia
  • Feb 14 Laurie Schwoy, soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 14 Richard Hamilton, American basketball player
  • Feb 14 Darius Songaila, basketball player
  • Feb 16 Caroline Hunt, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 16 Tia Hellebaut, Belgian athlete
  • Feb 16 Wasim Jaffer, Indian Cricketer
  • Feb 18 Josip Šimunić, Croatian footballer
  • Feb 19 Michalis Konstantinou, Greek-Cypriot footballer
  • Feb 20 Andrea Moody, Abbotsford BC, 4X100 swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 23 Karolina Rantamaki, Finnish ice hockey left wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Espoo, Finland
  • Feb 26 Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye, Senegalese footballer
  • Feb 26 Marc Hynes, British racing driver
  • Feb 27 James Beattie, English footballer, born in Lancaster, England
  • Feb 28 Benjamin Raich, Austrian Olympic skier
  • Feb 28 Jamaal Tinsley, American basketball player
  • Feb 28 Mariano Zabaleta, Argentine tennis player
  • Mar 2 Giannis Skopelitis, Greek footballer
  • Mar 3 Matt Diaz, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Denis Dallan, Italian rugby union footballer
  • Mar 4 Nate Ackerman, British-American logician and wrestler
  • Mar 4 Pierre Dagenais, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 5 Mike Hessman, American baseball player
  • Mar 6 Sage Rosenfels, American Football Player
  • Mar 9 Lucas Neill, Australian footballer, born in Sydney
  • Mar 11 Didier Drogba, Ivorian football player (Chelsea, Phoenix Rising FC, Ivorian national team), born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • Mar 11 Albert Luque, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 12 Tara Mounsey, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • Mar 12 Casey Mears, American auto racer
  • Mar 13 Tom Danielson, American road racing cyclist, born in East Lyme, Connecticut
  • Mar 13 Kenny Watson, American football player, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 14 Pieter van den Hoogenband, Dutch swimmer
  • Mar 18 Dionne Bainbridge, Brisbane QLD Aust, NZ 200m swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 18 Jonas Wallerstedt, Swedish footballer
  • Mar 18 Yoshie Takeshita, Japanese volleyball player
  • Mar 21 Cristian Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 22 Tom Poti, professional hockey player
  • Mar 23 Walter Samuel, Argentine footballer
  • Mar 26 Anastasia Kostaki, Greek basketball player (Panathinaikos), born in Athens, Greece
  • Mar 30 Chris Paterson, Scottish rugby player and coach, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Mar 31 Jérôme Rothen, French footballer
  • Mar 31 Stephen Clemence, English footballer
  • Apr 1 Jean-Pierre Dumont, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 1 Miroslava Vavrinec, Swiss tennis player
  • Apr 2 John Gall, American baseball player, MLB left fielder, born in Stanford, California
  • Apr 3 Tommy Haas, German tennis player, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Apr 3 John Smit, South African rugby player, born in Polokwane, South Africa
  • Apr 4 Jason Ellison, American baseball player, born in Quincy, California
  • Apr 4 Alan Mahon, Irish footballer (Tranmere Rovers), born in Dublin
  • Apr 5 Franziska van Almsick, German swimmer
  • Apr 5 Stephen Jackson, American basketball player
  • Apr 6 Tim Hasselbeck, American football player
  • Apr 6 Blaine Neal, American baseball player
  • Apr 7 Siobhan Drake-Brockman, Bunbury Aust, tennis star (1994 Port Pirie)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 NBA legend Jerry West (40) weds cheerleader Karen Bua

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 6 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 9 Eddie Gilbert, cricket (Aboriginal Qld quick got Don for a duck), dies
  • Jan 13 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees), dies at 96
  • Jan 14 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (b. 1899)
  • Jan 22 Herbert Sutcliffe, cricketer (54 Tests for England 4555 runs), dies
  • Jan 25 Tango Duke, dies in Australia at 42; oldest known thoroughbred horse
  • Feb 9 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
  • Feb 14 Paul Governali, American professional football player (b. 1921)
  • Mar 7 Steve Bilko, American baseball player, dies at 49
  • Mar 12 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skating champion (1914, 1920-24), dies at 84
  • Mar 13 Ghulam Mustafa Guard, cricketer (3 wkts in 2 Tests for India), dies
  • Mar 17 George Dickinson, cricketer (8 wickets in 3 Tests for NZ), dies
  • Mar 29 Jayasinghrao Mansinghrao Ghorpade, cricketer (8 Tests for India), dies
  • Mar 30 George Paine, lefty cricket spinner (for England in WI 1935), dies
  • Mar 30 Harold Gimblett, cricketer (Batted in 3 Tests for England), suicide
  • Apr 8 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • May 5 Alfred (Harold] Gilligan, English cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies at 81
  • May 6 Ethelda Bleibtrey, US swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1920), dies at 76
  • May 13 Albert Roberts, cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 7 wickets), dies
  • May 19 George Gladstone, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1930), dies
  • May 31 József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 10 Joe Davis, English snooker player (b. 1901)
  • Aug 21 Vinoo Mankad, Indian cricketer (44 Tests for India, 2,109 runs), dies at 61
  • Aug 26 José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer (b. 1916)
  • Sep 10 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish race car driver (b. 1944)
  • Sep 11 Mike Gazella, American baseball player (b. 1895)
  • Sep 11 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish F1 driver (b. 1944)
  • Sep 23 Lyman Bostock, outfielder (Angels), shot & killed at 27
  • Oct 8 Jim Gilliam, coach (LA Dodgers), dies at 49
  • Oct 18 Frank Woolley, cricketer (58,969 1st-class runs), dies
  • Oct 26 George "Jackie" Grant, West Indian cricketer (West Indian captain 1930-35), dies at 71
  • Nov 6 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist, dies at 79
  • Nov 7 Gene Tunney, American boxer, heavyweight boxing champion (1926-28), dies at 80
  • Nov 13 George Hearne, South African cricketer (open bat in 3 Tests 1922-24), dies
  • Dec 11 Paul O'Dea, American baseball player (b. 1920)