September 1978 in Sport

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 White Sox

Sports record brokenBaseball 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

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 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 US Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert wins her 4th consecutive US title, beats fellow American Pam Shriver 7-5, 6-4

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 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 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 World Formula 1 Drivers title
  • 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
  • Sep 17 Red Sox finally beat Yanks in Sept 1978, 7-3
  • 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, born in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela
  • Sep 7 Erwin Koen, Dutch footballer, born in Den Helder, Netherlands
  • 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 (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
  • 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, American baseball player, born in Tempe, Arizona
  • Sep 19 Jorge López Montaña, Spanish footballer, born in Logroño, Spain
  • 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 6 Adolf Dassler, German founder of sportswear company Adidas, dies at 78
  • Sep 10 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish race car driver (b. 1944)
  • Sep 11 Mike Gazella, American baseball player (NY Yankees), dies at 82
  • Sep 11 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish F1 driver (b. 1944)
  • Sep 23 Lyman Bostock, outfielder (Angels), shot & killed at 27