1978 in Sport (Part 2)

Events in Sport

Events 101 - 188 of 188

  • Aug 6 PGA Championship, Oakmont CC: John Mahaffey recovers from 7 down with 14 to play to force playoff; beats Tom Watson & Jerry Pate on 2nd hole
  • Aug 7 Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss and Larry MacPhail are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • Aug 9 Yanks score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7
  • Aug 20 Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Stroh's Golf Open
  • Aug 25 MLB baseball umpires stage a 1 day strike
  • Aug 27 Gerrie Knetemann becomes world cyclist champion
  • Aug 27 Shelley Hamlin wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • Aug 29 USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing NY
  • Sep 1 Baltimore Orioles pitcher Sammy Stewart fans 7 consecutive batters in his MLB debut, en route to 9-3 win v White Sox
  • 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
  • Oct 1 Yanks lose 9-2 to Indians forcing a playoff game with Red Sox
  • Oct 2 Yanks win 3rd straight AL East beating Red Sox 5-4 in a playoff game. Guidry wins #25 aided by Dent's homer & Pinella's fielding

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 8 29th Formula One WDC: Mario Andretti wins by 13 points

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • Oct 10 Yanks & Dodgers play in World Series # 75
  • Oct 11 Dodgers Bob Welch dramatically strikes out Reggie Jackson in 9th
  • Oct 13 Graig Nettles at 3rd makes many spectactular 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Oct 15 Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Civitan Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 18 NY Islanders 1st scoreless tie, vs LA Kings
  • Oct 22 8th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:32:30

  • Oct 22 9th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:12:12
  • Oct 22 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Houston Exchange Golf Classic Clubs
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Nov 1 NY Yankee Ron Guidry unanimously wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 3 Michiko Okada wins LPGA Mizuno-Japan Golf Classic
  • Nov 4 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 4 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, & Darrell Evans, available

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 5 Oakland Raider's John Madden becomes 13th coach to win 100 NFL games

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Nov 7 Boston Red Sox Jim Rice wins AL MVP

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Nov 10 Larry Holmes KOs Alfredo Evangelist in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Nov 15 Pirates outfielder Dave Parker wins NL MVP
  • Nov 16 Major Indoor Soccer League holds its 1st draft
  • Nov 19 Gavaskar gets twin cricket tons for India for 2nd time
  • Nov 19 "The Miracle at the Meadowlands", Eagles Herman Edwards returns a fumble for a touchdown with 31 seconds left to give Philadelphia a 19-17 victory over the rival New York Giants
  • Nov 19 28th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins
  • Nov 21 Bob Horner of Braves wins NL Rookie of Year Award
  • Nov 26 66th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 20-13
  • Nov 28 44th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Sims, Oklahoma (RB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 28 Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after 9 years

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • Dec 1 Test Cricket debut of Rodney Hogg, v England at the Gabba
  • Dec 2 43rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-16 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 Pat Bradley/Lon Hinkle wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 5 Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies becoming highest paid baseball player
  • Dec 5 Islanders took 28 shots in 1 period vs Penguins, Penguins' Ross Lonsberry failed on 7th penalty shot against Islanders

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 7 Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Dec 8 Commencement of the 1st day/night WSC cricket supertest at VFL Park
  • Dec 9 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does
  • Dec 10 67th Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Rancho Mirage (4-1)
  • Dec 10 Islanders ends 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3) to Canadians
  • Dec 15 Test Cricket debut of Malcolm Marshall, v India at Bangalore
  • Dec 23 Islanders scored 7 goals in 1 period against NY Rangers, Trottier scores 8 points vs Rangers, 5 goals-NHL record 6 pts in 1 period
  • Dec 25 8th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arkansas ties #15 UCLA, 10-10
  • Dec 28 30th hat trick in Islander history (Mike Bossy)
  • Dec 29 Test Cricket debut of Allan Robert Border, v England at the MCG

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 394

  • Apr 7 Vladimir Voltchkov, Belarusian tennis player
  • Apr 8 Bernt Haas, Swiss footballer
  • Apr 9 Jorge Andrade, Portuguese footballer
  • Apr 10 Jessica Davis, American rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 27th-96), born in Greenbrae, California
  • Apr 11 Victor Sikora, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Deventer, Netherlands
  • Apr 11 Josh Hancock, American baseball player, born in Cleveland, Mississippi (d. 2007)
  • Apr 13 Carles Puyol, Spanish footballer
  • Apr 15 Austin Aries, American wrestler
  • Apr 15 Milton Bradley, American baseball player
  • Apr 15 Tim Corcoran, American baseball player
  • Apr 17 Jason White, Scottish rugby player
  • Apr 19 Whitney Metzler, 400m medley swimmer (Olympic 8th 1996)
  • Apr 19 Gabriel Heinze, Argentinian footballer
  • Apr 21 Jacob Burns, Australian footballer
  • Apr 22 Esteban Tuero, Argentinian race car driver
  • Apr 25 Matt Walker, British Paralympic swimmer
  • Apr 26 Joe Crede, American baseball player, born in Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Apr 26 Peter Madsen, Danish retired footballer, born in Roskilde, Madsen
  • Apr 29 Mike Bryan, Oxnard California, tennis star (USTA National 18 doubles)
  • Apr 29 Tony Armas, Jr., Venezuelan baseball player
  • May 3 Lawrence Tynes, Scottish-American football player, born in Greenock, Scotland
  • May 4 Brett Burton, Australian Football Player for the Adelaid Crows, born in Whyalla, Australia
  • May 5 Bruno Cheyrou, French footballer
  • May 6 John Abraham, American football player
  • May 7 Shawn Marion, American basketball player
  • May 8 Cindy Parlow, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • May 8 Sandra Kleinova, tennis star (1995 Futures-Turku-FIN), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • May 8 Lúcio, Brazilian footballer
  • May 9 Leandro Damián Cufré, Argentine footballer
  • May 9 Aaron Harang, American baseball player
  • May 12 Thomas Odoyo, cricketer (Kenyan all-rounder 1996 World Cup)
  • May 12 Hossein Reza Zadeh, Iranian weightlifter
  • May 12 Josh Phelps, American baseball player
  • May 13 Mike Bibby, American basketball player
  • May 13 Ryan Bukvich, American baseball player
  • May 13 Barry Zito, American baseball player
  • May 13 Steve Mildenhall, English football player
  • May 13 Dilshan Vitharana, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • May 14 Heather Brink, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • May 14 André Macanga, Angolan footballer
  • May 14 Gustavo Varela, Uruguayan footballer
  • May 14 Eddie House, American basketball player
  • May 14 Brent Harvey, Australian footballer
  • May 15 Amy Chow, gymnast (Olympics-gold/silver-96), born in San Jose, California
  • May 15 Edu, Brazilian footballer
  • May 15 Dwayne DeRosario, Canadian footballer
  • May 16 Vincent Larusso, Livingston, NJ, actor (Adam-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
  • May 16 Lionel Scaloni, Argentine retired footballer (World Cup 2006), born in Rosario, Argentina
  • May 17 John Foster, American baseball player
  • May 17 Paddy Kenny, Irish goalkeeper
  • May 17 Carlos Pena, Dominican baseball player
  • May 18 Ricardo Carvalho, Portuguese footballer
  • May 18 Marcus Giles, American baseball player
  • May 19 Marcus Bent, English footballer
  • May 21 Jamaal Magloire, Canadian professional basketballer
  • May 23 Mike González, American baseball player, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • May 23 Carolyn Moos, American model and professional basketball player
  • May 24 Jade Winter, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • May 24 Brad Penny, American baseball player
  • May 24 Johan Holmqvist, Swedish hockey player
  • May 25 Brian Urlacher, American football player
  • May 27 Adin Brown, American soccer player
  • May 29 Sébastien Grosjean, French tennis player
  • Jun 1 Karen Kwan, figure skater (1995 Pac Coast Sr champ), born in Torrance, California
  • Jun 5 Fernando Meira, Portuguese football player
  • Jun 9 Elizabeth Reid, Fairfax Va, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 9 Miroslav Klose, German footballer
  • Jun 10 Brian West, American soccer player
  • Jun 11 Joshua Jackson, American actor (Dawson's Creek, Fringe), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jun 14 Steve Bégin, French-Canadian hockey player
  • Jun 14 Annia Hatch, Cuban-American gymnast
  • Jun 15 Wilfred Bouma, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 15 Zach Day, American baseball player
  • Jun 16 Dainius Zubrus, Lithuanian ice hockey player
  • Jun 17 Isabelle Delobel, French European ice dancer
  • Jun 19 Tyson Dux, Canadian wrestler
  • Jun 19 Dirk Nowitzki, German basketball player
  • Jun 19 Claudio Vargas, Dominican baseball player
  • Jun 20 LaVar Arrington, American football player
  • Jun 20 Frank Lampard, English footballer
  • Jun 20 Jan-Paul Saeijs, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 20 Bobby Seay, American baseball player
  • Jun 21 Cristiano Lupatelli, Italian footballer
  • Jun 21 Dejan Ognjanović, Montenegrin football player
  • Jun 22 Champ Bailey, American football player
  • Jun 22 Dan Wheldon, British race car driver
  • Jun 23 Matt Light, American football player
  • Jun 24 Pantelis Kafes, Greek footballer
  • Jun 24 Shunsuke Nakamura, Japanese footballer
  • Jun 24 Juan Román Riquelme, Argentine footballer
  • Jun 24 Luis García, Spanish footballer
  • Jun 25 Luke Scott, American baseball player (Tampa Bay Rays), born in DeLeon Springs, Florida
  • Jul 4 Tatyana Jecmenica, Novi Sad Yugo, tennis star (1995 Futures-Novi Sad)
  • Jul 4 Emile Mpenza, Belgian footballer
  • Jul 6 Rachel Rochelli, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 6 Kevin Senio, New Zealand rugby player
  • Jul 13 Ryan Ludwick, American baseball player
  • Jul 15 Miguel Olivo, Dominican baseball player
  • Jul 18 Shane Horgan, Irish rugby player
  • Jul 18 Ben Sheets, American baseball player

Weddings in Sport


Deaths in Sport