On This Day

September 1978 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 1 Baltimore Orioles pitcher Sammy Stewart fans 7 consecutive batters in his MLB debut, en route to 9-3 win v Chicago White Sox

Baseball Record

Sep 2 Yankees right fielder Reggie Jackson hits his 20th HR of the season in a 6-2 home win over Seattle; 19th MLB player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years

  • Sep 7 1st game of Boston Massacre, NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 15-3
  • Sep 8 2nd game of Boston Massacre; NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 13-2
  • Sep 9 3rd game of Boston Massacre; NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 7-0
  • Sep 9 Baltimore Orioles pull their 7th triple play (5-4-3 vs Toronto)

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 9 US Open Women's Tennis, Flushing Meadows, NY: Chris Evert wins her 4th straight US singles title; beats fellow American Pam Shriver 7-5, 6-4; first time event played on hard courts

  • Sep 10 4th game of Boston Massacre; NY Yankees beat Red Sox, 7-4 to tie for AL East 1st place; Yanks out hit arch rivals, 67-21; score 42-9

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis, Flushing Meadows, NY: Jimmy Connors beats Björn Borg 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to become the first player to win the US Open on 3 different surfaces

Sports History

Sep 10 The single point American Lotus driver Mario Andretti earns for finishing 6th at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is enough to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

  • Sep 13 New York Yankees recover from 14 games behind to gain sole possession of AL East 1st place with 7-3 win over the Tigers in Detroit
  • Sep 14 Braves' Jim Bouton, 38, beats Giants, his 1st win since 1970
  • Sep 15 Dodgers become 1st major league team to draw 3 million fans
  • Sep 16 New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 3-2; at Yankee Stadium; Blue Bombers 6th win over arch rivals in 2 weeks
  • Sep 17 After 6 losses to the New York Yankees in September, the Boston Red Sox finally score a 7-3 win over their arch rivals at Yankee Stadium
  • Sep 24 Ron Guidry beats Cleveland 4-0, raising his record to 23-3 ERA 1.74
  • Sep 26 NY District Court Judge Constance Baker Motley rules that women sportswriters cannot be banned from locker rooms
  • Sep 30 Major Indoor Soccer League grants 1st 6 franchises to Cincinnati
  • Sep 30 Phillies clinch NL East title
  • Sep 30 Cleveland, Houston, NY, Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Phillies win 3rd consecutive NL East Division title

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 1 Max Vieri, Australian soccer forward (6 caps; Verona, Napoli), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Sep 2 Matthew Watkins, Welsh rugby union centre (18 caps; Newport, Llanelli Scarlets), born in Newport, Wales (d. 2020)
  • Sep 3 John Curtis, English footballer, born in Nuneaton, England
  • Sep 3 Michal Rozsival, Czech ice hockey player, born in Vlašim, Czechoslovakia
  • Sep 5 Chris Jack, New Zealand rugby union footballer (All Blacks), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Sep 5 Zhang Zhong, Chinese-Singaporean chess player, born in Chongqing, China
  • Sep 5 Sylvester Joseph, West Indian cricketer, born in New Winthorpes, Antigua
  • Sep 6 Alex Escobar, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
  • Sep 7 Erwin Koen, Dutch footballer, born in Den Helder, Netherlands
  • Sep 8 Gerard Autet, Spanish footballer, born in Manlleu, Spain
  • Sep 8 Gil Meche, American baseball player, born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Sep 9 Kurt Ainsworth, American baseball pitcher, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Sep 9 Shane Battier, American basketball player, born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • Sep 9 Mariano Puerta, Argentine tennis player (World #9 2005; French Open runner-up 2005), born in San Francisco, Argentina
  • Sep 11 Dejan Stanković, Serbian footballer (Serbia National Team captain), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Sep 11 Ed Reed, American football player (Baltimore Ravens), born in St. Rose, Louisiana
  • Sep 13 Darren Kenton, English footballer (Norwich City), born in Wandsworth, England
  • Sep 14 Ben Cohen, English rugby union footballer, born in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
  • Sep 15 Eiður Guðjohnsen, Icelandic footballer (Chelsea, Barcelona) and manager, born in Reykjavík, iceland
  • Sep 16 Dan Dickau, American basketball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Sep 17 Shawn Horcoff, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 18 Augustine Simo, Cameroonian footballer, born in Bangangté, Cameroon
  • Sep 19 Nick Johnson, American baseball player, born in Tempe, Arizona
  • Sep 20 Sophie Simard, Lars Germany, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 20 T.J. Tucker, American baseball player
  • Sep 20 Dante Hall, American football player
  • Sep 21 Doug Howlett, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Sep 22 Ed Joyce, Irish-English cricketer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Sep 25 Laura Nicholls, Canadian 50m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Sep 25 Roudolphe Douala, Cameroonian footballer, born in Douala, Cameroon
  • Sep 25 Ricardo Gardner, Jamaican footballer, born in St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica
  • Sep 25 Joel Pineiro, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 26 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenyan long-distance runner, born in Kapsabet, Kenya
  • Sep 27 Jon Rauch, American baseball player
  • Sep 30 Candice Michelle, American female wrestler

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 6 Adolf Dassler, German entrepreneur (founder sportswear company Adidas), dies at 78
  • Sep 10 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish auto racer (World F1 runner-up 1971, 78), dies in crash during Italian F1 GP at 34
  • Sep 11 Mike Gazella, American baseball player (NY Yankees), dies at 82
  • Sep 23 Lyman Bostock, MLB outfielder, 1975-78 (Minnesota Twins, California Angels), shot and killed by the estranged husband of the sister of a friend, at 27