May 1978 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • May 2 NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 games
  • May 2 1978 NFL Draft: Earl Campbell from University of Texas first pick by Houston Oilers
  • May 3 Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston
  • May 3 WI all set to lose cricket test v Aust at Kingston till riots end game

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 5 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • May 6 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen wins aboard Affirmed - first and only Derby victory and 1st-leg of Triple Crown
  • May 10 22nd European Cup: Liverpool beats Club Brugge 1-0 at London
  • May 20 103rd Preakness: Steve Cauthen wins aboard Affirmed for the 2nd-leg of the Triple Crown
  • May 23 AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M
  • May 25 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser became 5th to win the race 3 times

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 3 Lawrence Tynes, Scottish-American football player, born in Greenock, Scotland
  • May 4 Brett Burton, Australian Football Player for the Adelaid Crows, born in Whyalla, Australia
  • May 5 Bruno Cheyrou, French footballer
  • May 6 John Abraham, American football player
  • May 7 Shawn Marion, American basketball player
  • May 8 Cindy Parlow, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 8 Sandra Kleinova, tennis star (1995 Futures-Turku-FIN), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • May 8 Lúcio, Brazilian footballer
  • May 9 Leandro Damián Cufré, Argentine footballer
  • May 9 Aaron Harang, American baseball player
  • May 12 Thomas Odoyo, cricketer (Kenyan all-rounder 1996 World Cup)
  • May 12 Hossein Reza Zadeh, Iranian weightlifter
  • May 12 Josh Phelps, American baseball player
  • May 13 Mike Bibby, American basketball player
  • May 13 Ryan Bukvich, American baseball player
  • May 13 Barry Zito, American baseball player
  • May 13 Steve Mildenhall, English football player
  • May 13 Dilshan Vitharana, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • May 14 Heather Brink, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • May 14 André Macanga, Angolan footballer
  • May 14 Gustavo Varela, Uruguayan footballer
  • May 14 Eddie House, American basketball player
  • May 14 Brent Harvey, Australian footballer
  • May 15 Amy Chow, gymnast (Olympics-gold/silver-96), born in San Jose, California
  • May 15 Edu, Brazilian footballer
  • May 15 Dwayne DeRosario, Canadian footballer
  • May 16 Vincent Larusso, Livingston, NJ, actor (Adam-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
  • May 16 Lionel Scaloni, Argentine retired footballer (World Cup 2006), born in Rosario, Argentina
  • May 17 John Foster, American baseball player
  • May 17 Paddy Kenny, Irish goalkeeper
  • May 17 Carlos Pena, Dominican baseball player
  • May 18 Ricardo Carvalho, Portuguese footballer
  • May 18 Marcus Giles, American baseball player
  • May 19 Marcus Bent, English footballer
  • May 21 Jamaal Magloire, Canadian professional basketballer
  • May 23 Mike González, American baseball player, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • May 23 Carolyn Moos, American model and professional basketball player
  • May 24 Jade Winter, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • May 24 Brad Penny, American baseball player
  • May 24 Johan Holmqvist, Swedish hockey player
  • May 25 Brian Urlacher, American football player
  • May 27 Adin Brown, American soccer player
  • May 29 Sébastien Grosjean, French tennis player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 NBA legend Jerry West (40) weds cheerleader Karen Bua

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

Deaths in Sport

  • May 5 Alfred (Harold] Gilligan, English cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies at 81
  • May 6 Ethelda Bleibtrey, US swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1920), dies at 76
  • May 13 Alby Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 7 wickets), dies at 68
  • May 19 George Gladstone, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1930), dies
  • May 31 József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (b. 1925)