August 1978 in Sport

Events in Sport

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • Aug 7 Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss and Larry MacPhail are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • Aug 9 Yanks score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7
  • Aug 20 Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
  • Aug 25 MLB baseball umpires stage a 1 day strike
  • Aug 27 Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion
  • Aug 27 Shelley Hamlin wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • 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
  • Aug 2 Matt Guerrier, American baseball player
  • Aug 3 Mariusz Jop, Polish footballer, born in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland
  • Aug 4 Kurt Busch, American race car driver
  • Aug 5 Kristin Link, Fairfax Va, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 5 Lorrie Fair, soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Los Altos, California
  • Aug 5 Kim Gevaert, Belgian sprinter
  • Aug 8 Alan Maybury, Irish footballer
  • Aug 8 Louis Saha, French footballer
  • Aug 10 Daniel Allsopp, Australian footballer
  • Aug 10 Chris Read, British 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
  • Aug 14 Anastasios Kyriakos, Greek footballer
  • Aug 15 Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Greek footballer
  • Aug 15 Lilia Podkopayeva, Ukrainian gymnast
  • Aug 15 Kerri Walsh, American beach volleyball player
  • Aug 16 Eddie Gill, American basketball player, born in Aurora, Colorado
  • Aug 16 Fu Mingxia, Chinese female diver, born in Wuhan, China
  • Aug 19 Chris Capuano, American baseball player (Pitcher), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Aug 20 Sanna Lankosaari, ice hockey right wing (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 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
  • Aug 21 Peter Buxton, English rugby union player, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Person of interestKobe Bryant

Aug 23 Kobe Bryant, American basketball guard (5-time NBA champion, LA Lakers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • Aug 24 Melissa McElroy, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 24 Rafael Furcal, Dominican baseball player, born in Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 29 Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian footballer
  • Aug 30 Cliff Lee, American baseball player
  • Aug 31 Philippe Christanval, French footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 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