December 1978 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 Test Cricket debut of Rodney Hogg, v England at the Gabba
  • Dec 2 43rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-16 in Birmingham

AgreementContract of Interest

Dec 5 Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies becoming highest paid baseball player

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Dec 5 Islanders took 28 shots in 1 period vs Penguins, Penguins' Ross Lonsberry failed on 7th penalty shot against Islanders

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 7 Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 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
  • Dec 10 67th Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Rancho Mirage (4-1)
  • Dec 10 Islanders ends 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3) to Canadians
  • Dec 15 Test Cricket debut of Malcolm Marshall, v India at Bangalore
  • Dec 23 Islanders scored 7 goals in 1 period against NY Rangers, Trottier scores 8 points vs Rangers, 5 goals-NHL record 6 pts in 1 period
  • Dec 25 8th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arkansas ties #15 UCLA, 10-10
  • Dec 28 30th hat trick in Islander history (Mike Bossy)
  • Dec 29 Test Cricket debut of Allan Robert Border, v England at the MCG

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 David Rivas, Spanish Footballer plays for Real Betis
  • Dec 2 Jason Collins, American NBA player (New Jersey Nets), 1st NBA to come out as gay, born in Northridge, California
  • Dec 2 Jarron Collins, American basketball player for Utah Jazz
  • Dec 2 Peter Moylan, Australian Major League Baseball Pitcher for the Atlanta Braves
  • Dec 3 Jiří Bicek, Slovak ice hockey player
  • Dec 4 Michele Di Piedi, Italian footballer
  • Dec 5 Marcelo Zalayeta, Uruguayan footballer
  • Dec 5 Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • Dec 6 Chris Başak, American baseball player, born in North Platte, Nebraska
  • Dec 6 Darrell Jackson, American football player
  • Dec 8 Kate Robinson, American dance skater (& Kate Robinson), born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Dec 8 Anwar Siraj, Ethiopian footballer
  • Dec 8 John Oster, Welsh footballer, born in Boston, England
  • Dec 8 Vernon Wells, American baseball player, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Dec 9 Mandy James, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Dec 10 Brandon Novak, American skateboarder
  • Dec 12 Derrick Delmore, figure skater (1996 Grand Prix champ), born in Camp Springs, Maryland
  • Dec 14 Kim St-Pierre, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 14 Patty Schnyder, Swiss tennis player
  • Dec 15 Henrietta Nagyova, Nove Zamky Slovakia, tennis star (ITF/Cali-COL)
  • Dec 15 Jerome McDougle, American football player
  • Dec 16 Gunter Van Handenhoven, Belgian footballer
  • Dec 17 Alex Cintrón, Puerto Rican baseball player

Person of interestManny Pacquiao

Dec 17 Manny [Emmanuel Dapidran] Pacquiao, Filipino boxer (first ever eight-division world champion), born in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines

  • Dec 17 Chase Utley, American baseball player
  • Dec 18 Naomi Lang, Arcata California, dance skater (& Peter Tchernyshev)
  • Dec 18 Ali Curtis, American soccer player
  • Dec 20 Geremi Njitap, Cameroon footballer
  • Dec 20 Andrei Markov, Russian ice hockey player
  • Dec 21 Amber Corwin, Harbor City Ca, figure skater (1997 National Sr - 5th)
  • Dec 23 Andra Davis, American football player
  • Dec 23 Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Dec 24 Yıldıray Baştürk, Turkish footballer
  • Dec 25 Joel Porter, Australian footballer
  • Dec 25 Simon Jones, English cricketer
  • Dec 26 Kaoru Sugayama, Japanese volleyball player
  • Dec 28 Chris Coyne, Australian footballer (Bayswater City SC), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Dec 29 Kieron Dyer, English footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 11 Paul O'Dea, American baseball player (b. 1920)