September 1978 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Sep 1 Cleveland Indians' Sammy Stewart tosses 7 consecutive strikeouts (vs Balt)
  • Sep 2 Graham Salmon set worlds record for 100 meters by a blind man

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 2 Reggie Jackson is 19th player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Sep 3 Leonid Mossejev becomes European marathon champ (2:11:57.5)
  • Sep 4 NY Yankee pitcher Ron Guidry wins his 20th (on way to 25-3 season)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Sep 4 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic

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

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 98th Women's U.S. Open: Chris Evert beats Pam Shriver (7-5, 6-4)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Sep 10 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Sep 10 4th game of Boston Massacre; Yanks beat Red Sox 7-4. This ties them for 1st place. Yanks out hit 'em 67-21; score 42-9

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats Björn Borg 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to become the 1st player to win the US Open on 3 different surfaces

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 15 Muhammad Ali beats Leon Spinks in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
  • Sep 16 Yanks beat Red Sox for 6th time in 2 weeks, 3-2

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Sep 17 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Sep 17 Red Sox finally beat Yanks in Sept 1978, 7-3
  • Sep 24 Donna Caponi Young/Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ping Team Golf Classic
  • 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 player
  • Sep 3 John Curtis, English footballer
  • Sep 3 Michal Rozsival, Czech ice hockey player
  • 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
  • Sep 7 Erwin Koen, Dutch footballer
  • Sep 8 Marco Sturm, Dingolfing GER, NHL forward (Sharks, Team Germany 1998)
  • Sep 8 Gerard Autet, Spanish footballer
  • Sep 8 Gil Meche, American baseball player
  • Sep 9 Kurt Ainsworth, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Sep 9 Shane Battier, American basketball player
  • Sep 9 Mariano Puerta, Argentine tennis player
  • Sep 11 Dejan Stanković, Serbian footballer
  • Sep 11 Ed Reed, American football player
  • Sep 13 Darren Kenton, English footballer
  • Sep 14 Ben Cohen, English rugby union footballer
  • Sep 15 Eiður Guðjohnsen, Icelandic footballer
  • Sep 16 Dan Dickau, American basketball player
  • Sep 17 Shawn Horcoff, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 18 Augustine Simo, Cameroonian footballer
  • Sep 19 Nick Johnson, baseball player
  • Sep 19 Jorge López Montaña, Spanish footballer
  • 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
  • Sep 22 Ed Joyce, Irish-English cricketer
  • Sep 22 Harry Kewell, Australian soccer player
  • Sep 24 Wietse van Alten, Dutch archer
  • Sep 25 Laura Nicholls, 50m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Sep 25 Roudolphe Douala, Cameroonian footballer
  • Sep 25 Ricardo Gardner, Jamaican footballer
  • Sep 25 Joel Pineiro, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Sep 26 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenyan long-distance runner
  • Sep 27 Jon Rauch, American baseball player
  • Sep 29 Mohini Bhardwaj, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 30 Candice Michelle, American female wrestler

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 10 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish race car driver (b. 1944)
  • Sep 11 Mike Gazella, American baseball player (b. 1895)
  • Sep 11 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish F1 driver (b. 1944)
  • Sep 23 Lyman Bostock, outfielder (Angels), shot & killed at 27