On This Day

August 1978 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Baseball Record

Aug 1 Atlanta Braves trounce Cincinnati Reds, 16-4 and halt Pete Rose's NL record hitting streak at 44 games

  • Aug 5 New Orleans Saints beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-7 in an NFL exhibition at Mexico City's Olympic Stadium
  • Aug 5 The first all-seater stadium is opened in Aberdeen, Scotland; Aberdeen & London club Tottenham Hotspurs play a friendly to inaugurate the Pittodrie Stadium

PGA Championship

Aug 6 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: John Mahaffey recovers from 7 down with 14 to play to force playoff; beats Tom Watson & Jerry Pate on 2nd hole

  • Aug 7 Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss and Larry MacPhail are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • Aug 25 MLB baseball umpires stage a 1 day strike
  • Aug 27 Dutch cyclist Gerrie Knetemann wins UCI Road World C'ship from Francesco Moser of Italy and Dane Jorgen Marcussenin in Nürburg, West Germany

Baseball Record

Aug 27 Reds Joe Morgan is 1st to hit 200 HRs & have 500 stolen bases

  • Aug 27 Yankee Catfish Hunter's 6-2 win gives him a perfect 6-0 in Aug 1978
  • Aug 29 USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing NY

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 1 Edgerrin James, American football player (Indianapolis Colts), born in Immokalee, Florida
  • Aug 1 Andy Blignaut, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • Aug 2 Goran Gavrančić, Serbian footballer, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Aug 2 Matt Guerrier, American baseball player, born in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Aug 3 Mariusz Jop, Polish footballer, born in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland
  • Aug 4 Kurt Busch, American race car driver
  • Aug 5 Kristin Link, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • Aug 5 Lorrie Fair, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Los Altos, California
  • Aug 5 Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter, born in Leuven, Belgium
  • Aug 8 Alan Maybury, Irish footballer
  • Aug 8 Louis Saha, French footballer
  • Aug 10 Daniel Allsopp, Australian footballer
  • Aug 10 Chris Read, English cricketer and captain of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, born in Paignton, England
  • Aug 11 Jermain Taylor, American boxer
  • Aug 12 Hayley Wickenheiser, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Aug 12 Chris Chambers, American football player, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 13 Benjani Mwaruwari, Zimbabwean footballer, born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Aug 14 Anastasios Kyriakos, Greek footballer, born in Giannouli, Greece
  • Aug 15 Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Greek footballer
  • Aug 15 Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast (World Champion 1995, Olympic Gold 1996), born in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR
  • Aug 15 Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player (Olympic gold 2004, 08, 12), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Aug 16 Eddie Gill, American basketball player, born in Aurora, Colorado
  • Aug 16 Fu Mingxia, Chinese diver (Olympic gold women's 10m platform 1992, 96; 3m springboard 1996, 2000), born in Wuhan, China
  • Aug 19 Chris Capuano, American baseball player (Pitcher), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Aug 20 Sanna Lankosaari, Finnish ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Kemi, Finland
  • Aug 21 Reuben Droughns, American football player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 21 Jason Marquis, American baseball pitcher, born in Manhasset, NY
  • Aug 21 Alan Lee, Irish footballer, born in Galway, Ireland
  • Aug 21 Lee Gronkiewicz, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California

Kobe Bryant

Aug 23 Kobe Bryant, American basketball guard (NBA champion 2000–02, 09-10; NBA MVP 2008; 18 x NBA All Star; LA Lakers; Olympic gold 2008,12), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)

  • Aug 24 Rafael Furcal, Dominican baseball player, born in Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 29 Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian footballer, born in Kaduna, Nigeria
  • Aug 30 Cliff Lee, American baseball player, born in Benton, Arkansas
  • Aug 31 Philippe Christanval, French footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 5 Dutch Clark, American Pro/College Football HOF back (Colorado College; 6 × First-team All-Pro; 3 × NFL rushing TD leader & NFL scoring leader; Portsmouth Spartans/Detroit Lions), dies at 71
  • Aug 21 Vinoo Mankad, Indian cricketer (44 Tests for India, 2,109 runs), dies at 61
  • Aug 26 José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer, dies at 62