January 1978 in Sport

Events in Sport


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Jan 1 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Oakland Raiders, 20-17

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Jan 1 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-6
  • Jan 2 64th Rose Bowl: #13 Washington beats #4 Michigan, 27-20
  • Jan 2 44th Sugar Bowl: #3 Alabama beats #9 Ohio State, 35-6
  • Jan 2 44th Orange Bowl: #6 Arkansas beats #2 Oklahoma, 31-6

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Jan 8 American Jimmy Connors beats Björn Borg of Sweden 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jan 15 Super Bowl XII, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10; MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT
  • Jan 19 Eddie Mathews elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 21 Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán becomes undisputed world lightweight champion with a 12th-round TKO of Esteban De Jesus at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas; defends his WBA title for 12th time, also takes De Jesus’ WBC title
  • Jan 23 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 14-13
  • Jan 24 31st NHL All-Star Game, Buffalo Municipal Auditorium: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 3-2 (OT); MVP: Billy Smith, NY Islanders, G
  • Jan 25 Padres trade pitcher Dave Tomlin & $125,000 to Rangers for Gaylord Perry (He wins 1978 Cy Young Award)
  • Jan 28 Ranger's Don Murdoch failed on 4th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 29 Joanne Carner wins Colgate Triple Crown Match-Play Golf Championship
  • Jan 30 Addie Joss & Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Phillip Mulryne, Northern Irish footballer
  • Jan 3 Mike York, American ice hockey player
  • Jan 4 Dominik Hrbatý, Slovakian tennis player, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Jan 5 Franck Montagny, French Formula One driver, born in Feurs, France
  • Jan 6 Steve Hartsell, American pairs skater (& Danielle Hartsell), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jan 6 Casey Fossum, Major League Baseball player, born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • Jan 7 Kevin Mench, American baseball player, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Jan 8 Boris Avrukh, Israeli chess grandmaster, born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan
  • Jan 9 Gennaro Gattuso, Italian footballer, born in Corigliano Calabro, Italy
  • Jan 9 Mathieu Garon, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Chandler, Canada
  • Jan 9 Chad Johnson, American football player, born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 11 Michael Duff, Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jan 11 Emile Heskey, English footballer, born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • Jan 12 Bonaventure Kalou, Ivorian footballer, born in Oumé, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Jan 12 Luis Ayala, Mexican baseball pitcher, born in Los Mochis, Mexico
  • Jan 14 Shawn Crawford, American sprinter, born in Van Wyck, South Carolina
  • Jan 15 Franco Pellizotti, Italian cyclist, born in Latisana, Italy
  • Jan 16 Alfredo Amézaga, Mexican baseball player
  • Jan 18 Thor Hushovd, Norwegian former professional road bicycle racer widely considered the greatest Norwegian cyclist of all time, born in Grimstad, Norway
  • Jan 18 Brian Falkenborg, American baseball player, born in Newport Beach, California
  • Jan 20 Sonja Kesselschläger, German heptathlete
  • Jan 20 Allan Søgaard, Danish footballer
  • Jan 21 Faris al-Sultan, German-Iraqi triathlete
  • Jan 21 Andrei Zyuzin, Russian ice hockey player
  • Jan 22 Chone Figgins, American baseball player
  • Jan 25 Denis Menchov, Russian cyclist, born in Oryol, Russia
  • Jan 25 Jason Roberts, English-born footballer, born in London, United Kingdom
  • Jan 25 Derrick Turnbow, Major League Baseball Player, born in Union City, Tennessee
  • Jan 26 Estéban Germán, Dominican baseball player
  • Jan 26 Corina Morariu, American tennis player
  • Jan 27 Pete Laforest, Canadian baseball player
  • Jan 28 Gianluigi Buffon, Italian footballer
  • Jan 28 Papa Bouba Diop, Senegalese footballer
  • Jan 28 Jamie Carragher, English footballer
  • Jan 29 Martin Schmitt, German ski jumper
  • Jan 29 Rob Bironas, American football player
  • Jan 30 Lnd Girchoukevitch, NHL goaltender (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 30 John Patterson, American baseball player
  • Jan 31 Fabián Caballero, Argentine footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 6 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 9 Eddie Gilbert, cricket (Aboriginal Qld quick got Don for a duck), dies
  • Jan 13 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees), dies at 96
  • Jan 14 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (b. 1899)
  • Jan 22 Herbert Sutcliffe, cricketer (54 Tests for England 4555 runs), dies
  • Jan 25 Tango Duke, dies in Australia at 42; oldest known thoroughbred horse