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1978 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Years:||1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981|
- 1 Alpine skiing
- 2 American football
- 3 Artistic gymnastics
- 4 Association football
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Australian rules football
- 7 Baseball
- 8 Basketball
- 9 Boxing
- 10 Canadian football
- 11 Cycling
- 12 Dogsled racing
- 13 Field hockey
- 14 Figure skating
- 15 Golf
- 16 Harness racing
- 17 Horse racing
- 18 Ice hockey
- 19 Motorsport
- 20 Orienteering
- 21 Rowing
- 22 Rugby league
- 23 Rugby union
- 24 Snooker
- 25 Speed skating
- 26 Swimming
- 27 Tennis
- 28 Triathlon
- 29 Volleyball
- 30 Water polo
- 31 General sporting events
- 32 Awards
- 33 References
- Alpine Skiing World Cup
- Super Bowl XII – Dallas Cowboys win 27-10 over the Denver Broncos
- The Holy Roller Game – Oakland Raiders vs San Diego Chargers
- Cotton Bowl (1977 season):
- World Artistic Gymnastics Championships –
- Football World Cup – Argentina wins 3-1 (after extra time) over the Netherlands
- England - FA Cup – Ipswich Town win 1-0 over Arsenal
- England - League – Nottingham Forest win the championship as well as the League Cup
- La Liga won by Real Madrid
- Primeira Liga won by F.C. Porto
- Serie A won by Juventus
- French Division 1 won by AS Monaco
- European Cup won by Liverpool
- Kirin Cup tournament is first held in Japan (international club competition phase).
- Major Indoor Soccer League begins operations in the United States.
- August – 1978 Commonwealth Games held at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- September – 1978 European Championships in Athletics held at Prague
- December – 1978 Asian Games held at Bangkok, Thailand
- 1 July: Footscray beat Carlton's nine year record for the highest VFL score when they kick 33.15 (213) to St. Kilda’s 16.10 (106). Kelvin Templeton and Ian Dunstan amass 22 goals between them, equalling the 1931 record of Doug Strang and Jack Titus (who died that year).
- Hawthorn wins the 82nd VFL Premiership (Hawthorn 18.13 (121) d North Melbourne 15.13 (103))
- Brownlow Medal awarded to Malcolm Blight (North Melbourne)
- 30 September: Norwood 16.15 (111) pip Sturt 14.26 (110) to win their twenty-fourth league premiership after the Double Blues had lost only one match all season.
- Magarey Medal awarded to Kym Hodgeman (Glenelg)
- 23 September: East Perth 11.15 (81) defeat Perth 12.7 (79) to win their fourteenth WA(N)FL premiership
- Sandover Medal won by Phil Kelly (East Perth)
- May 5, 1978 – Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds becomes the 13th player in Major League history to collect 3,000 career hits.
- June 14-July 31 – Pete Rose hits safely in 44 consecutive games, tying Willie Keeler’s all-time National League hitting streak.
- September 23 – Lyman Bostock (27) of the California Angels is shot and killed in error by a jealous husband.
- World Series – New York Yankees win 4 games to 2 over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Series MVP is Bucky Dent, New York
- Wilt Chamberlain is elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, along with coaches Sam Barry, Eddie Hickey, John McLendon, Ray Meyer and Pete Newell, and referee Jim Enright
- NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship –
- NBA Finals –
- FIBA World Championship
- Yugoslavia World Champion
- February 15 – Leon Spinks defeats Muhammad Ali by decision in 15 rounds to win the world heavyweight title.
- Second World Amateur Boxing Championships held in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
- September 15 – Muhammad Ali recovers the world’s heavyweight title, beating Leon Spinks by decision in their rematch. It is the first time a boxer wins the world heavyweight title for a third time.
- Grey Cup – Edmonton Eskimos win 20-13 over the Montreal Alouettes
- Vanier Cup – Queen's Golden Gaels win 16-3 over the UBC Thunderbirds
- Giro d'Italia won by Johan de Muynck of Belgium
- Tour de France - Bernard Hinault of France
- UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race – Gerrie Knetemann of Netherlands
- Men’s World Cup held in Buenos Aires and won by Pakistan
- Men’s European Nations Cup held in Hannover and won by West Germany
- Men’s Champions Trophy held in Lahore and won by Pakistan
- Women’s World Cup held in Madrid and won by the Netherlands
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- Masters Tournament - Gary Player
- U.S. Open - Andy North
- British Open - Jack Nicklaus
- PGA Championship - John Mahaffey
- PGA Tour money leader - Tom Watson - $362,429
- LPGA Championship - Nancy Lopez
- U.S. Women's Open - Hollis Stacy
- LPGA Tour money leader - Nancy Lopez - $189,814
- United States Pacing Triple Crown races –
- United States Trotting Triple Crown races –
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Arwon
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Regal Embrace
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Alleged
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Shirley Heights
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer during the regular season: Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens
- Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL’s Most Valuable Player: Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens
- Stanley Cup – Montreal Canadiens win 4 games to 2 over the Boston Bruins
- World Hockey Championship
- Men’s champion: Soviet Union defeated Czechoslovakia
- Junior Men’s champion: Soviet Union defeated Sweden
- Note: In the early years of the Junior tournament, Canada did not send a true National Junior team to the event. Instead, the Memorial Cup champions usually went to represent Canada. The exception was 1978 in Montreal, when an “all-star” team was put together.
- Avco World Trophy - Winnipeg Jets won 4 games to 0 over the New England Whalers
- March – The Cambridge boat sinks during the annual English University Boat Race, the first sinking in the race since 1951.
- 1978 Amco Cup
- 1978 European Rugby League Championship
- 1978 Kangaroo tour
- 1978 New Zealand rugby league season
- 1977–78 Northern Rugby Football League season / 1978–79 Northern Rugby Football League season
- 1978 NSWRFL season
- World Snooker Championship – Ray Reardon beats Perrie Mans 25-18
- World rankings – Ray Reardon remains world number one for 1978/79.
- The third FINA World Championships held in West-Berlin, West Germany
- July 29 – USA's Ron Manganiello sets a world record in the 50m freestyle at a swimming meet in Miami, Florida (United States), shaving off 0.02 of the previous record (23.74) set by Joe Bottom a year ago: 23.72.
- Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
- Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
- Davis Cup – United States win 4-1 over Great Britain in world tennis.
- US Open moves to hard courts of the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York.
- Total prize money at US Open exceeds US $500,000.
- 1978 FIVB Men's World Championship held in Rome and won by USSR
- 1978 World Aquatics Championships held in West Berlin and won by Italy.
General sporting events
- Third All-Africa Games held in Algiers, Algeria
- Eighth Asian Games held in Bangkok, Thailand
- Central American and Caribbean Games held in Medellin, Colombia
- The Commonwealth Games held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- Ninth Winter Universiade held in Špindleruv Mlýn, Czechoslovakia
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Ron Guidry, Major League Baseball
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Nancy Lopez, LPGA golf