Deaths in Sport in 1978

  • Jan 6 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 9 Eddie Gilbert, cricket (Aboriginal Qld quick got Don for a duck), dies
  • Jan 13 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees), dies at 96
  • Jan 14 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (b. 1899)
  • Jan 22 Herbert Sutcliffe, cricketer (54 Tests for England 4555 runs), dies
  • Feb 9 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
  • Feb 14 Paul Governali, American professional football player (b. 1921)
  • Mar 7 Steve Bilko, American baseball player, dies at 49
  • Mar 12 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skating champion (1914, 1920-24), dies at 84
  • Mar 13 Ghulam Mustafa Guard, cricketer (3 wkts in 2 Tests for India), dies
  • Mar 17 George Dickinson, cricketer (8 wickets in 3 Tests for NZ), dies
  • Mar 29 Jayasinghrao Mansinghrao Ghorpade, cricketer (8 Tests for India), dies
  • Mar 30 George Paine, lefty cricket spinner (for England in WI 1935), dies
  • Mar 30 Harold Gimblett, cricketer (Batted in 3 Tests for England), suicide
  • Apr 8 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • May 5 Alfred H H Gilligan, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • May 6 Ethelda Bleibtrey, US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1920), dies at 76
  • May 13 Albert Roberts, cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 7 wickets), dies
  • May 19 George Gladstone, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1930), dies
  • May 31 József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (b. 1925)
  • Aug 21 Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (44 Tests for India, 2,109 runs), dies
  • Aug 26 José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer (b. 1916)
  • 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
  • Oct 8 Jim Gilliam, coach (LA Dodgers), dies at 49
  • Oct 18 Frank Woolley, cricketer (58,969 1st-class runs), dies
  • Oct 26 George "Jackie" Grant, West Indian cricketer (West Indian captain 1930-35), dies at 71
  • Nov 6 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist (b. 1899)
  • Nov 7 Gene Tunney, American boxer, heavyweight boxing champion (1926-28), dies at 80
  • Nov 13 George Hearne, South African cricketer (open bat in 3 Tests 1922-24), dies
  • Dec 11 Paul O'Dea, American baseball player (b. 1920)