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The following are the baseball events of the year 1978 throughout the world.  




Major League Baseball

  League Championship Series
World Series
East  New York Yankees 3  
West  Kansas City Royals 1  
    AL  New York Yankees 4
  NL  Los Angeles Dodgers 2
East  Philadelphia Phillies 1
West  Los Angeles Dodgers 3  

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

American League National League
AVG Rod Carew .333 Dave Parker .334
HR Jim Rice 46 George Foster 40
RBI Jim Rice 139 George Foster 120
Wins Ron Guidry 25 Gaylord Perry 21
ERA Ron Guidry 1.74 Craig Swan 2.43
Ks Nolan Ryan CAL 260 J.R. Richard HOU 303

Major league baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win % GB
East Division
1st New York Yankees 100   63 .613    --
2nd Boston Red Sox   99   64 .607   1.0
3rd Milwaukee Brewers   93   69 .574   6.5
4th Baltimore Orioles   90   71 .559   9.0
5th Detroit Tigers   86   76 .531 13.5
6th Cleveland Indians   69   90 .434 29.0
7th Toronto Blue Jays   59 102 .327 40.0
West Division
1st Kansas City Royals   92   70 .568    --
2nd Texas Rangers   87   75 .537   5.0
3rd California Angels   87   75 .537   5.0
4th Minnesota Twins   73   89 .451 19.0
5th Chicago White Sox   71   90 .441 20.5
6th Oakland Athletics   69   93 .426 23.0
7th Seattle Mariners   56 104 .350 35.0
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Philadelphia Phillies 90 72 .556    --
2nd Pittsburgh Pirates 88 73 .547   1.5
3rd Chicago Cubs 79 83 .488 11.0
4th Montreal Expos 76 86 .469 14.0
5th St. Louis Cardinals 69 93 .426 21.0
6th New York Mets 66 96 .407 24.0
West Division
1st Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 .586    --
2nd Cincinnati Reds 92 69 .571   2.5
3rd San Francisco Giants 89 73 .549   6.0
4th San Diego Padres 84 78 .519 11.0
5th Houston Astros 74 88 .457 21.0
6th Atlanta Braves 69 93 .426 26.0



  • April 1 - Starting off with a bang, Japanese star Sadaharu Oh hits a grand slam home run on opening day. It is his 757th home run.
  • April 13 - The New York Yankees defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 in their home opener on Reggie Candy Bar Day. Reggie Jackson slugs a 3-run home run in the first inning, and the field is showered with candy bars which were given out free to the fans at the game.
  • April 20 - With two out in the top of the fourth inning, the Atlanta Braves' Jeff Burroughs hits a ground ball up the middle that San Diego Padres rookie shortstop Ozzie Smith dives behind second after. As he was in the air, the ball hits the base, and caromes behind Smith. As he is diving in the opposite direction, Smith reaches out with his bare hand and catches the ball. He bounces up, and throws Burroughs out at first. The Padres win the game 2-0.


  • May 14 - With the Chicago Cubs losing 7-5 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dave Kingman hits a two run home run with two outs in the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings. Kingman, who had also homered in the sixth, hits his third home run of the day in the fifteenth inning to give the Cubs a 10-7 victory over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, and end his day with eight RBIs. Following the game, Paul Olden, a reporter for radio station KLAC in Los Angeles asks Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, "What's your opinion of Kingman's performance?" during his post-game interview. Lasorda goes off in a now famous obscenity laced tirade.
  • June 14 - Pete Rose starts his 44-game hitting streak by collecting 2 hits in the Reds' 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
  • June 16 - In his 12th major league season speckled with near-misses, Cincinnati's Tom Seaver finally hurls a no-hitter. The Cardinals are the 4-0 victims as Seaver strikes out 3 batters.
  • June 17 - The Yankees' Ron Guidry strikes out 18 batters - 15 in 6 innings - in a 4-0 shutout of the California Angels, setting an American League record for left-handers. The victory raises the New York Yankee southpaw's record to 11-0.
  • July 13 - Jerry Koosman and Tom Seaver lock up for the second time since Seaver's trade to the Cincinnati Reds. Koosman and the Mets beat Seaver and the Reds, 4-2. Only one of the three runs Seaver gives up is earned.


  • September 5 - The Montreal Expos beat the Chicago Cubs 10–8 in a 9-inning game that sees a Major-League record 45 players participate.
  • September 14 - 39-year-old Atlanta Braves pitcher Jim Bouton earns his 62nd and final big league victory (his first since 1970), a 4–1 win over the San Francisco Giants. Bouton is best known as the author of the baseball diary Ball Four.
  • November 28 - The Cincinnati Reds dismiss their nine-year manager, Sparky Anderson, who had led the team to five NL Division titles, four NL Championship pennants, two World Championships (1975-76), and averaged 96 wins per season. Anderson will become the manager of the Detroit Tigers in 1979, replacing Les Moss.









  • January 7 - George H. Burns, 84, first baseman for five AL teams who batted .307 lifetime and won 1926 MVP award with the Cleveland Indians
  • January 13 - Bill Clowers, 79, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the 1920s
  • January 13 - Merwin Jacobson, 83, backup outfielder for the New York Giants, Chicago Cubs and Brooklyn Robins between 1915 and 1927
  • January 13 - Joe McCarthy, 90, Hall of Fame manager who led the New York Yankees to eight pennants and record seven World Series titles; also won 1929 NL pennant with Chicago Cubs, and was first manager to capture titles in both leagues; 2125 career wins ranked 4th in major league history, and winning percentages of .615 (regular season) and .698 (postseason) were both records
  • January 27 - Monte Pearson, 69, All-Star pitcher who won 100 games, mainly with the Indians and Yankees
  • February 3 - Mike Herrera, 80, second baseman for the Boston Red Sox from 1925-26, and one of the first men to play in both the major leagues and the negro leagues
  • February 23 - Vic Harris, 72, outfielder and manager in the Negro Leagues who guided the Homestead Grays to seven Negro National League pennants, including five in a row from 1937 to 1941; played in six East-West All-Star games between 1933 and 1947
  • March 12 - Gene Moore, 68, All-Star right fielder known for his accurate arm
  • March 21 - Fritz Coumbe, 88, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps & Indians, and Cincinnati Reds between 1914 and 1921
  • March 30 - Billy Cox, 58, third baseman, mainly with the Brooklyn Dodgers, known for spectacular defense


  • April 8 - Ford Frick, 83, Hall of Fame executive who served as commissioner from 1951 to 1965 and NL president from 1935 to 1951; served as ghostwriter for Babe Ruth while a sportswriter, and in 1961 ruled that home run records of Ruth and Roger Maris would be recorded separately based on season length
  • April 14 - Joe Gordon, 63, 9-time All-Star second baseman in 11 seasons for the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians who won the 1942 MVP award; set AL record of 246 home runs at his position, later a manager and scout
  • April 15 - Nick Cullop, 78, outfielder for the New York Yankees, Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Robins and Cincinnati Reds, and also a longtime player/manager at minor league level
  • April 20 - Jack Graney, 91, Canadian left fielder and leadoff hitter for the Cleveland Indians who led AL in walks twice and doubles once; was first batter ever to face Babe Ruth, and later became broadcaster
  • May 29 - Carl Reynolds, 75, outfielder for five teams who batted .302 lifetime


  • August 5 - Jesse Haines, 85, Hall of Fame pitcher who won 210 games, including a no-hitter, for the St. Louis Cardinals; had three 20-win seasons, and won twice in 1926 World Series
  • August 7 - Kay Lionikas, 54, outfielder, one of three descendants of Greek migrants to play in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • August 15 - Ed Chaplin, 84, catcher for the Boston Red Sox between 1920 and 1922
  • August 18 - George Harper, 86, outfielder for six teams who batted .300 three times
  • September 16 - Bill Foster, 74, star pitcher in the Negro Leagues where he was a dominant left-hander; later coached at Alcorn State University for two decades
  • September 23 - Lyman Bostock, 27, outfielder for the Minnesota Twins and California Angels who twice batted .300


  • October 8 - Jim Gilliam, 49, All-Star infielder for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, previously in the Negro Leagues, who was the 1953 Rookie of the Year; led NL in triples and walks once each
  • October 27 - Rube Walberg, 82, pitcher who won 155 games, primarily with the Philadelphia Athletics
  • November 5 - Tommy O'Brien, 59, backup outfielder for the Pirates, Red Sox and Senators in the late 1940s
  • November 20 - Warren Brown, 84, Chicago sportswriter
  • December 9 - Dick Siebert, 66, All-Star first baseman for the Philadelphia Athletics who twice batted .300; coach at the University of Minnesota for 31 years, winning three College World Series titles
  • December 12 - Nick Dumovich, 76, pitcher for the 1923 Chicago Cubs
  • December 20 - Willard Mullin, 76, cartoonist whose caricature of the "Brooklyn Bum" personified the Dodgers franchise
  • December 24 - George McQuinn, 68, 7-time All-Star first baseman for the Browns and Yankees who had 34-game hitting streak in 1938
  • December 24 - Bill Rodgers, 91, second baseman who played between 1915 and 1916 for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds


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