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1978 New York Yankees
1978 AL East Champions
1978 AL Champions
1978 World Series Champions
Major league affiliations
Location
1978 information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
Manager(s) Billy Martin, Dick Howser, and Bob Lemon
Local television WPIX
Local radio WINS (AM)
(Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bill White)

The New York Yankees' 1978 season was the 76th season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 100-63, finishing 1 game ahead of the Boston Red Sox to win their third American League East title. The two teams were tied after 162 games, leading to a one-game playoff, which the Yankees won.

In the ALCS, they defeated the Kansas City Royals in 4 games. In the World Series, they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in 6 games in a rematch of the 1977 World Series. New York was managed by Billy Martin, Dick Howser and Bob Lemon. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

Contents

Offseason

Regular season

During the season, Ron Guidry became the last pitcher to win at least 25 games in one season for the Yankees in the 20th century.[5]

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Season summary

In July, the team was 14.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox, but rallied in the second half of the season to finish tied for first place. The Yankees were victorious over the Red Sox in the one-game playoff for the AL East title. This game featured Bucky Dent's famous 3-run go-ahead home run in the 7th inning.

AL East tie-breaker game

October 2, 1978 – Fenway Park, Boston Massachusetts
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 5 8 0
Boston Red Sox 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 4 11 0

WP: Ron Guidry (25-3)  LP: Mike Torrez (16-13)  SV: Goose Gossage (27)  
HRs:  NYYBucky Dent, Reggie Jackson  BOSCarl Yastrzemski

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 100 63 .613 --
Boston Red Sox 99 64 .607 1
Milwaukee Brewers 93 69 .574 6.5
Baltimore Orioles 90 71 .559 9
Detroit Tigers 86 76 .531 13.5
Cleveland Indians 69 90 .434 29
Toronto Blue Jays 59 102 .366 40

Notable transactions

Draft picks

Roster

1978 New York Yankees roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

For complete stats click here (external link)

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Munson, ThurmanThurman Munson 154 617 183 .297 6 71
SS Dent, BuckyBucky Dent 123 379 92 .243 5 40
RF Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson 139 511 140 .274 27 97
LF Piniella, LouLou Piniella 130 472 148 .314 6 69

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Spencer, JimJim Spencer 71 150 34 .227 7 24
Doyle, BrianBrian Doyle 39 52 10 .192 0 0
Sherrill, DennisDennis Sherrill 2 1 0 .000 0 0
Healy, FranFran Healy 1 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Guidry, RonRon Guidry 35 273.2 25 3 1.74 248
Figueroa, EdEd Figueroa 35 253.0 20 9 2.99 92
Beattie, JimJim Beattie 25 128 6 9 3.73 65
Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter 21 118.0 12 6 3.58 56

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Clay, KenKen Clay 28 75.2 3 4 4.28 32

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Gossage, GooseGoose Gossage 63 10 11 27 2.01 122
Kammeyer, BobBob Kammeyer 7 0 0 0 5.82 11
Davis, RonRon Davis 4 0 0 0 11.57 0

Postseason

ALCS

Game 1

October 3: Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 0 7 16 0
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 2
W: Jim Beattie (1-0)  L: Dennis Leonard (0-1)  S: Ken Clay (1)
HRs: NYYReggie Jackson (1)

Game 2

October 4: Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 12 1
Kansas City 1 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 X 10 16 1
W: Larry Gura (1-0)  L: Ed Figueroa (0-1)
HRs: KCRFreddie Patek (1)

Game 3

October 6: Yankee Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 5 10 1
New York 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 2 X 6 10 0
W: Goose Gossage (1-0)  L: Doug Bird (0-1)
HRs: KCRGeorge Brett 3 (3)   NYYReggie Jackson (2) Thurman Munson (1)

Game 4

October 7: Yankee Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
New York 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 2 4 0
W: Ron Guidry (1-0)  L: Dennis Leonard (0-2)  S: Goose Gossage (1)
HRs: NYYGraig Nettles (1) Roy White (1)

World Series

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Los Angeles Dodgers (2)

Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Yankees – 5, Dodgers – 11 October 10 Dodger Stadium 55,997 2:48
2 Yankees – 3, Dodgers – 4 October 11 Dodger Stadium 55,982 2:37
3 Dodgers – 1, Yankees – 5 October 13 Yankee Stadium 56,447 2:27
4 Dodgers – 3, Yankees – 4 (10 inns) October 14 Yankee Stadium 56,445 3:17
5 Dodgers – 2, Yankees – 12 October 15 Yankee Stadium 56,448 2:56
6 Yankees – 7, Dodgers – 2 October 17 Dodger Stadium 55,985 2:34

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Team Leaders

  • Home Runs - Graig Nettles, Reggie Jackson (27)
  • RBI - Reggie Jackson (97)
  • Batting Average - Lou Piniella (.314)
  • Hits - Thurman Munson (183)
  • Stolen Bases - Willie Randolph, 36
  • Walks - Willie Randolph, 82
  • Wins - Ron Guidry (25)
  • Strikeouts - Ron Guidry (248)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Yankees Pacific Coast League Mike Ferraro
AA West Haven Yankees Eastern League Stump Merrill
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Doug Holmquist
Short-Season A Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League Art Mazmanian

LEAGUE CO-CHAMPION: Tacoma[11]

Notes

  1. ^ Goose Gossage page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Jesús Figueroa page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Sergio Ferrer page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Stan Thomas page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.99, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  6. ^ Ken Holtzman page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Bobby Brown page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Mickey Klutts page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Rex Hudler page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Steve Balboni page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

References

Preceded by
New York Yankees
1977
AL East Championship Season
1978
Succeeded by
Baltimore Orioles
1979
Preceded by
New York Yankees
1977
American League Championship
1978
Succeeded by
Baltimore Orioles
1979
Preceded by
New York Yankees
1977
World Series champion
1978
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1979

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