On This Day

Year 1978 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 8 Commencement of the 1st day/night World Series Cricket supertest at VFL Park, Melbourne
  • Dec 9 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does
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Sports Stars Married in 1978


Sports Stars Who Died in 1978

  • Jan 6 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer, dies at 78 (b. 1899)
  • Jan 9 Eddie Gilbert, cricket (Aboriginal Qld quick got Don for a duck), dies
  • Jan 13 Joe McCarthy, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1932, 36–39, 41, 43; New York Yankees), dies at 96
  • Jan 14 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (Olympic gold 100m, silver 4x100m 1924; depicted in film "Chariots of Fire"), dies at 78
  • Jan 22 Herbert Sutcliffe, English cricketer (54 Tests for England 4555 runs), dies at 83

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