On This Day

October 8, 1978 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Sunday

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Yanks win 3rd straight AL Championship, all against Kansas City

Birthdays in Sport

  • Antonino D'Agostino, Italian football player, born in Turin, Italy
  • Mick O'Driscoll, Irish rugby player, born in Cork, Ireland

Deaths in Sport

  • Jim Gilliam, coach (LA Dodgers), dies at 49