On This Day

October 1978 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 2 NY Yankees win 3rd straight AL East title beating Boston Red Sox, 5-4 in a dramatic single playoff game; Ron Guidry wins #25 aided by Bucky Dent's 3-run homer

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Oct 6 Royals' George Brett hits 3 HRs, Yanks win championship game 3, 6-5

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Oct 7 LA Dodgers win the pennant
  • Oct 7 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 7 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 8 Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City

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Oct 8 American Mario Andretti in a Lotus finishes 10th in the season ending Canadian Grand Prix at Île Notre-Dame Circuit, but wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 13 points from Ronnie Peterson

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • Oct 10 Yanks & Dodgers play in World Series # 75

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Oct 11 Dodgers Bob Welch dramatically strikes out Reggie Jackson in 9th

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Oct 13 Graig Nettles at 3rd makes many spectacular plays in WS game 3 as Guidry beats Dodgers, after trailing 2 games to 0 Yanks win next 4
  • Oct 14 NY Yank Reggie Jackson causes World Series controversy by getting in the way of a throw to 1st & deflects the ball away

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Oct 14 Despite Denis Potvin hat trick in 3:21 NY Islanders lose 7-10 making Islander record when scoring a hat trick-22-2-1

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin

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Oct 16 Test debut of Kapil Dev, India v Pakistan at Faisalabad

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • Oct 17 NY Islanders start a streak of 23 undefeated games at home (15-0-8)
  • Oct 17 NY Yankees beat Dodgers, 4 games to 2 in 75th World Series
  • Oct 17 Yanks win 22nd World Championship capping their great comeback year
  • Oct 18 NY Islanders 1st scoreless tie, vs LA Kings
  • Oct 22 New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins in her race debut in world record 2:32:30; Bill Rodgers wins his third straight title in 2:12:12
  • Oct 22 Grete Weitz runs female world record marathon (2:32:29.8)
  • Oct 24 NHL Toronto Maple Leafs set own team record of 28 pts vs NY Islanders
  • Oct 25 Padres Gaylord Perry is 1st to win Cy Young in both leagues (NL)

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Oct 28 Bobby Orr scores his last career NHL goal (vs Detroit Red Wings)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 3 Gerald Asamoah, German soccer forward (43 caps; Schalke 04 279 games, 44 goals), born in Mampong, Ghana
  • Oct 3 Claudio Pizarro, Peruvian soccer striker (85 caps; Bayern Munich 224 games, 87 goals), born in Callao, Peru
  • Oct 4 Kyle Lohse, American baseball pitcher (14th pitcher to beat all 30 MLB teams; Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Chico, California
  • Oct 5 Shane Ryan, Irish Gaelic footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oct 5 Jesse Palmer, Canadian-born American football player, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 6 Ricky Hatton, English boxer, born in Stockport, England
  • Oct 7 Zaheer Khan, Indian cricketer, born in Shrirampur, India
  • Oct 8 Mick O'Driscoll, Irish rugby player, born in Cork, Ireland
  • Oct 8 Antonino D'Agostino, Italian football player, born in Turin, Italy
  • Oct 9 Juan Dixon, American basketball player, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Oct 11 Kali, Angolan soccer defender (73 caps), born in Luanda, Angola
  • Oct 12 Baden Cooke, Australian cyclist, born in Benalla, Victoria, Australia
  • Oct 13 Jermaine O'Neal, NBA forward (Portland Trailblazers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Oct 14 Ryan Church, American baseball player
  • Oct 14 Paul Hunter, English snooker player (Masters 2001, 02, 04), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 2006)
  • Oct 14 Steven Thompson, Scottish footballer
  • Oct 14 Javon Walker, American football player
  • Oct 18 Mike Tindall, English rugby union player
  • Oct 19 Enrique Bernoldi, Brazilian race car driver
  • Oct 19 Zakhar Dubenskiy, Russian footballer
  • Oct 19 James Roberts, British Ice Hockey Player
  • Oct 20 Virender Sehwag, Indian cricketer
  • Oct 21 Joey Harrington, American football player
  • Oct 22 Chaswe Nsofwa, Zambian footballer (d. 2007)
  • Oct 22 Owais Shah, English cricketer
  • Oct 22 Dion Glover, American basketball player, born in Marietta, Georgia
  • Oct 23 Steve Harmison, English cricketer
  • Oct 23 Jimmy Bullard, English footballer
  • Oct 23 Archie Thompson, Australian footballer
  • Oct 24 Carlos Edwards, Trinidadian footballer (Trinidad and Tobago national football team), born in Diego Martin, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Oct 25 Riley Mants, 200m breaststroker (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Oct 25 Russell Anderson, Scottish footballer (Sunderland), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Oct 26 Jimmy Aggrey, English footballer (Torquay United), born in Hammersmith, London
  • Oct 27 Vanessa-Mae [Vanakorn Nicholson], Singaporean-British violinist and Olympic alpine skier, born in Singapore
  • Oct 27 Sergei Samsonov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • Oct 29 Travis Henry, American football player
  • Oct 30 Martin Dossett, American football player, born in Portland, Texas
  • Oct 31 Emmanuel Izonritei, Nigerian boxer
  • Oct 31 Martin Verkerk, Dutch tennis player, born in Leiderdorp, Netherlands

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 3 Alfred Strange, English soccer right half (20 caps, 3 as captain; Sheffield Wednesday, 253 games), dies at 78
  • Oct 8 Jim Gilliam, coach (LA Dodgers), dies at 49
  • Oct 10 Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete, politician (Rep-D-Ill; joint world record 100m, Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1936), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Oct 18 Frank Woolley, English cricketer (58,969 1st-class runs), dies at 91
  • Oct 26 George "Jackie" Grant, West Indian cricketer (West Indian captain 1930-35), dies at 71