On This Day

December 1978 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

Dec 1 Australian cricket fast bowler Rodney Hogg debuts in 1st Test v England in Brisbane; after Australia all out 116, Hogg makes instant impact by dismissing both high profile England openers Graham Gooch (2) and Geoff Boycott (13)

Sports History

Dec 2 Sunil Gavaskar scores his second double century (205) in Test cricket (as well as 73 on the final day) to guide India to a draw against the West Indies in the 1st Test in Bombay

  • Dec 2 43rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-16 in Birmingham
  • Dec 2 The Sporting News announces Baltimore Orioles shortstop Mark Belanger winner of his 8th (and final) MLB Gold Glove Award

Contract of Interest

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

  • Dec 5 Islanders took 28 shots in 1 period vs Penguins, Penguins' Ross Lonsberry failed on 7th penalty shot against Islanders

NHL Record

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

  • 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

NHL Record

Dec 23 NY Islanders center Bryan Trottier sets NHL record scoring 6 points - 4 goals & 2 assists - in 2nd period of 9-4 win over rival NY Rangers; adds goal & assist for game total 8 points; Islanders undefeated home streak stands at 16 games

  • Dec 25 8th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arkansas ties #15 UCLA, 10-10
  • Dec 27 Ballon d'Or: Hamburg's English forward Kevin Keegan wins his 1st of 2 consecutive trophies as best football player in Europe; beats Barcelona striker Hans Krankl and Anderlecht winger Rob Rensenbrink
  • 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 Jason Collins, American basketball canter (first openly gay athlete to play in any major North American pro sports league), born in Northridge, California
  • Dec 2 Jarron Collins, American basketball center (Utah Jazz; assistant coach GS Warriors NBA C'ships 2015, 17-18), born in Northridge, California
  • Dec 2 Maëlle Ricker, Canadian snowboarder (Olympic gold snowboard cross 2010; World C'ship gold 2005, 13), born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Dec 5 Marcelo Zalayeta, Uruguayan footballer (Juventus), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Dec 5 Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player, born in Kuopio, Finland
  • Dec 6 Chris Başak, American baseball player, born in North Platte, Nebraska
  • Dec 6 Darrell Jackson, American NFL wide receiver, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Dec 8 Kate Robinson, American figure skater and ice dancer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • Dec 8 Anwar Siraj, Ethiopian footballer
  • Dec 8 John Oster, Welsh footballer, born in Boston, England
  • Dec 8 Vernon Wells III, American baseball center fielder (Toronto Blue Jays; 3-time MLB All-Star & Gold Glove), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Dec 10 Brandon Novak, American skateboarder
  • Dec 12 Derrick Delmore, African-American figure skater (1996 Grand Prix champ), born in Camp Springs, Maryland
  • Dec 14 Kim St-Pierre, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Châteauguay, Canada
  • Dec 14 Patty Schnyder, Swiss tennis player, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • Dec 15 Henrietta Nagyová, Slovakian tennis player (9 WTA, 9 ITF titles), born in Nové Zámky, Slovakia
  • Dec 16 Gunter Van Handenhoven, Belgian footballer
  • Dec 17 Alex Cintrón, Puerto Rican baseball player

Manny 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 (with partner Peter Tchernyshev)
  • Dec 18 Ali Curtis, American soccer player
  • Dec 20 Geremi Njitap, Cameroon footballer, born in Bafoussam, Cameroon
  • Dec 20 Andrei Markov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia
  • Dec 21 Amber Corwin, American figure skater (1997 National Sr - 5th), born in Harbor City, California
  • Dec 23 Andra Davis, American football player, born in Live Oak, Florida
  • Dec 23 Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
  • Dec 24 Yıldıray Baştürk, Turkish footballer, born in Herne, Germany
  • Dec 25 Simon Jones, English cricket fast bowler (18 Tests, 59 wickets, BB 6/53; Glamorgan CCC, Worcestershire CCC, Hampshire CCC), born in Swansea, Wales
  • Dec 26 Kaoru Sugayama, Japanese volleyball player, born in Iwanuma, Japan
  • Dec 28 Chris Coyne, Australian footballer (Bayswater City SC), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Dec 29 Kieron Dyer, English football player, born in Ipswich, United Kingdom

Deaths in Sport

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