Events in Sport in 1978

  • Jan 1 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Oakland Raiders 20-17
  • Jan 1 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Minnesota Vikings 23-6
  • Jan 2 64th Rose Bowl: #13 Washington beats #4 Michigan, 27-20
  • Jan 2 44th Sugar Bowl: #3 Alabama beats #9 Ohio State, 35-6
  • Jan 2 44th Orange Bowl: #6 Arkansas beats #2 Oklahoma, 31-6
  • Jan 15 Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10 in N Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT
  • Jan 23 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 14-13
  • Jan 24 31st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 3-2 (OT) at Buffalo
  • Jan 25 Padres trade pitcher Dave Tomlin & $125,000 to Rangers for Gaylord Perry (He wins 1978 Cy Young Award)
  • Jan 28 Ranger's Don Murdoch failed on 4th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 29 Joanne Carner wins Colgate Triple Crown Match-Play Golf Championship
  • Jan 30 Addie Joss & Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 5 Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded
  • Feb 5 28th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 133-125 at Atlanta

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 25th hat trick in NY Islander history, Denis Potvin's 2nd

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Feb 12 Debbie Austin wins LPGA American Cancer Society Golf Classic
  • Feb 14 In girls' HS basketball, Chicago Latin beats Harvard St George
  • Feb 15 England all out 64 for 1st loss to NZ in cricket (Geoffrey Boycott captain)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 15 Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Feb 18 1st Iron Man Triathlon (swim, bike ride, marathon) held, Kona, Hawaii
  • Feb 20 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Feb 24 Kevin Porter, NJ, sets NBA record with 29 assists in a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 25 British cricketer Ian Botham scores 1st Test Cricket century, 103 v NZ in Christchurch

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 26 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Mar 3 1st day of Test cricket for Desmond Haynes (WI v Australia)
  • Mar 4 25th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Wake Forest, 85-77
  • Mar 7 Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 5th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Mar 12 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sunstar Golf Classic
  • Mar 14 NFL permanently adds 7th official (side judge)
  • Mar 19 Sally Little wins LPGA Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • Mar 20 Flyers' Rick MacLeash scores on 6th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Mar 21 Padres fire Al Dark (2nd manager ever fired during spring training)
  • Mar 27 40th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Duke 94-88
  • Apr 1 132nd Grand National: Bob Davies aboard Lucius wins
  • Apr 2 7th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
  • Apr 2 Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, v Aust Georgetown

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 42nd Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 277

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Apr 9 Brewers sweep Orioles 11-3, 16-3, & 13-5 (each with a grand slam)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 9 In separate NBA games Denver's David Thompson scores 73 points & San Antonio's George Gervin scores 63 points (33 in 1 quarter)

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • Apr 10 Formation of Major Indoor Soccer League announced
  • Apr 13 NY Yanks defeat White Sox 4-2 in home opener on Reggie Candy Bar Day
  • Apr 16 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • Apr 16 St Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0
  • Apr 17 82nd Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:10:13 and Gayle Barron of United States 1st woman in 2:44:52
  • Apr 23 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 24 Angels Nolan Ryan strikes out 15 Mariners, 20th time he has 15 in game

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Apr 25 Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance
  • Apr 30 Janet Coles wins LPGA Natural Light Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • May 1 MVV soccer team forms in Maastricht
  • May 2 NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 games
  • May 2 1978 NFL Draft: Earl Campbell from University of Texas first pick by Houston Oilers

  • May 3 Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston
  • May 3 WI all set to lose cricket test v Aust at Kingston till riots end game

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 5 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • May 6 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2
  • May 8 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • May 10 22nd European Cup: Liverpool beats Club Brugge 1-0 at London
  • May 14 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • May 20 103rd Preakness: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 1:54.4
  • May 21 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • May 23 AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M
  • May 25 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser became 5th to win the race 3 times
  • May 29 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
  • Jun 1 Cricket Test debut of David Gower, v Pakistan, Edgbaston, scores 58
  • Jun 3 Phillies Dave Johnson is 1st to hit 2 pinch hit grand slams in a year
  • Jun 4 6th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): JoAnne Carner
  • Jun 7 32nd NBA Championship: Wash Bullets beat Sea Supersonics, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 8 Braves draft Bob Horner #1

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 9 Larry Holmes beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Jun 10 110th Belmont: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:26.8
  • Jun 11 24th LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 77th Men's French Open: Bjorn Borg beats Guillermo Vilas (6-1, 6-1, 6-3)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 77th Women's French Open: Virginia Ruzici beats Mima Jausovec (6-2, 6-2)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec
  • Jun 16 Cincinnati Red Tom Seaver no-hits St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • Jun 18 78th US Golf Open: Andy North shoots a 285 at Cherry Hill CC in Denver
  • Jun 18 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Bankers Trust Golf Classic
  • Jun 19 Ian Botham takes 8-34 v Pakistan, his best Test cricket bowling
  • Jun 20 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton
  • Jun 25 FIFA World Cup: Argentina beats the Netherlands 3-1 in football's 11th World Cup in Buenos Aires

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jun 25 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Jun 30 Larry Doby becomes manager of Chicago White Sox
  • Jul 2 Pitcher Ron Guidry sets Yankee record of 13-0 start
  • Jul 3 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 85th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert (26 64 75)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 8 92nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Jimmy Connors (62 62 63)
  • Jul 9 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic
  • Jul 11 49th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at San Diego Stadium
  • Jul 11 All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers) collects his second award

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 15 107th British Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at St Andrews

  • Jul 16 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 17 NY Yankee manager Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson fight in dug out after Jackson refuses to bunt, causing Martin to suspend him

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jul 23 33rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Hollis Stacy
  • Jul 23 Phillies Steve Carlton becomes 78th pitcher to win 200
  • Jul 23 Reggie Jackson returns & helps Yankees win their 5th straight
  • Jul 23 65th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • Jul 24 Pete Rose ties NL hitting streak of 37 games
  • Jul 25 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose sets NL record hitting in 38 consecutive games

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 26 Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • Jul 29 On Old Timer's Day, NY Yankees announce that Billy Martin will return as NY Yankee manager in 1980 & Bob Lemon will become GM
  • Jul 30 Expos crush Braves, 19-0, collecting 28 hits & NL-record-tying 8 HRs
  • Jul 30 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Classic
  • Jul 31 Pete Rose ties NL record hitting streak at 44
  • Aug 1 Braves stop Reds Pete Rose's hitting streak at 44 games
  • Aug 5 New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo)
  • Aug 6 60th PGA Championship: John Mahaffey shoots a 276 at Oakmont CC PA
  • Aug 6 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Europea Golf Open
  • Aug 9 Yanks score 5 in bottom of 9th beat Brewers 8-7
  • Aug 13 Judy wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic Rankin
  • 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 2 Graham Salmon set worlds record for 100 meters by a blind man
  • Sep 2 Reggie Jackson is 19th player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years
  • 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)
  • Sep 4 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • 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 98th Men's U.S. Open: Jimmy Connors beats Bjorn 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 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Nov 4 3rd annual reentry free-agent draft, Pete Rose, Tommy John, & Darrell Evans, available

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Nov 7 Boston Red Sox Jim Rice wins AL MVP
  • Nov 10 Larry Holmes KOs Alfredo Evangelist in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Nov 12 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
  • 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