On This Day

June 1978 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 1 Future England cricket captain David Gower makes his Test debut in 1st Test against Pakistan in Birmingham; England win by an innings and 57 runs

Cricket Batsman and Captain David Gower
Cricket Batsman and Captain
David Gower
  • Jun 1 England cricket fast bowler Chris Old becomes only third man to capture 4 wickets in 5 balls in a Test, as Pakistan dismissed for 164 in 1st Test at Edgbaston; Old 5 for 70
  • Jun 3 Phillies Dave Johnson is 1st to hit 2 pinch hit grand slams in a year
  • Jun 4 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Lachute GC: JoAnne Carner wins by 8 strokes from Hollis Stacy
  • Jun 7 32nd NBA Championship: Wash Bullets beat Sea Supersonics, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 8 Braves draft Bob Horner #1

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 9 Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Jun 10 110th Belmont: Steve Cauthen wins aboard Affirmed to wrap up the Triple Crown
  • Jun 10 Yankees trade Ken Holzman for Ron Davis

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 10 French Open Women's Tennis: Virginia Ruzici of Romania claims her lone major singles title; beats Mima Jaušovec of Yugoslavia 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jun 11 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Nancy Lopez wins by 6 strokes from fellow American Amy Alcott

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

Jun 11 French Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg wins his 3rd French title; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 6-1, 6-1, 6-3

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 16 Cincinnati Red Tom Seaver no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • Jun 17 Ron Guidry sets Yankee record with 18 strike-outs

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 18 US Open Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Andy North holds on for a 1-stroke victory over runners-up Dave Stockton and J. C. Snead to claim the first of his 2 US Open titles

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 Ian Botham takes 8-34 v Pakistan, his best Test cricket bowling

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • Jun 20 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton
  • Jun 25 FIFA World Cup Final, El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Striker Mario Kempes scores 2 goals as Argentina beats the Netherlands, 3-1 after extra time

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 30 Giants' Willie McCovey becomes 12th to hit 500 HRs

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • Jun 30 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Larry Doby becomes only the second African-American manager in MLB with the Chicago White Sox

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 5 Fernando Meira, Portuguese football player
  • Jun 9 Miroslav Klose, German footballer (Bayern Munich, Lazio), born in Opole, Poland
  • Jun 10 Brian West, American soccer player
  • Jun 11 Joshua Jackson, American actor (Dawson's Creek, Fringe), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jun 14 Steve Bégin, French-Canadian hockey player
  • Jun 14 Annia Hatch, Cuban-American gymnast
  • Jun 15 Wilfred Bouma, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 15 Zach Day, American baseball player
  • Jun 16 Dainius Zubrus, Lithuanian ice hockey player
  • Jun 17 Isabelle Delobel, French ice dancer (World Champion 2008), born in Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • Jun 19 Tyson Dux, Canadian wrestler, born in Miramichi, New Brunswick
  • Jun 19 Dirk Nowitzki, German basketball power forward (NBA Finals MVP 2011; NBA MVP 2007; 14 × NBA All-Star; Dallas Mavericks), born in Würzburg, Germany
  • Jun 19 Claudio Vargas, Dominican baseball player
  • Jun 20 LaVar Arrington, American football player
  • Jun 20 Frank Lampard, English footballer
  • Jun 20 Jan-Paul Saeijs, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 20 Bobby Seay, American baseball player
  • Jun 21 Cristiano Lupatelli, Italian footballer
  • Jun 21 Dejan Ognjanović, Montenegrin football player
  • Jun 21 Matt Kuchar, American golfer (British Open 2017 runner-up), born in Winter Park, Florida
  • Jun 22 Champ Bailey, American football player
  • Jun 22 Dan Wheldon, British race car driver
  • Jun 23 Matt Light, American football player
  • Jun 24 Pantelis Kafes, Greek footballer
  • Jun 24 Shunsuke Nakamura, Japanese footballer
  • Jun 24 Juan Román Riquelme, Argentine footballer
  • Jun 24 Luis García, Spanish footballer
  • Jun 25 Luke Scott, American baseball player (Tampa Bay Rays), born in DeLeon Springs, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 22 Tom Gorman, Australian rugby league centre and captain (10 Tests; Queensland 34 games), dies at 77