1978 in baseball

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

List of years in baseball


Major League Baseball[edit]

  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[edit]

Winter Leagues

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

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[edit]




  1. 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.
  2. Fresh off the Arizona State University campus with no minor league ball, the Atlanta Braves' Bob Horner homers in his first major league game off Bert Blyleven of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • 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.
  • June 30 – In the first game of a 10–9, 10–5 doubleheader loss to the Atlanta Braves, the San Francisco Giants' Willie McCovey hits his 500th career home run, off Braves pitcher Jamie Easterly. McCovey becomes the 12th member of the 500th home run club. Giant Mike Ivie adds his 2nd pinch grand slam of the year in the opener. Giant Jack Clark has 3 runs in the 2 games.
  • July 11 – At San Diego, the National League wins the All-Star Game over the American League, 7–3. Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey earns the MVP trophy. Vida Blue starts for the NL, becoming the first pitcher to start for both leagues in the All-Star Game. Blue also started in 1971 and 1975 for the American League.
  • 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.
  • July 17 – The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Yankees 9-7 in 11 innings, but the game is remembered for Reggie Jackson ignoring signs from third-base coach Dick Howser with the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 10th. With Thurman Munson on first, manager Billy Martin wanted Jackson to sacrifice bunt. Jackson made a half-hearted attempt with the first pitch, and Martin removed the bunt sign. Jackson, however, defied Martin and still attempted a bunt, but ended up striking out. Jackson was suspended by Martin for five games.
  • July 21:
    • As Reggie Jackson was returning from suspension, Billy Martin says in a post-game interview about Jackson and Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, "One's a born liar (referring to Jackson), and the other's convicted (referring to Steinbrenner, about an incident from the past when Steinbrenner was accused of making illegal presidential campaign contributions)." Martin later appears on live television tearfully announcing his resignation from the Yankees, although some sources believed Steinbrenner actually fired him. Bob Lemon is named Yankee manager for the remainder of the season.
    • Cleveland Indians starter Mike Paxton strikes out four batters in the fifth inning of an 11–0 win over the Seattle Mariners.
  • July 26 – Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run.
  • August 1 – The Atlanta Braves trounce the Cincinnati Reds, 16–4, and stop Pete Rose's hitting streak at 44 games. Larry McWilliams and Gene Garber are the Atlanta pitchers. Rose goes 0-for-4, including striking out in the 9th inning to end the game. Rose's streak is the second-longest in major league history. He goes 70-for-182 during the skein (a batting average of .385).
  • August 5 – At Old-timers Day at Yankee Stadium, recently fired Billy Martin is announced as the New York Yankees' manager for the 1980 season.
  • August 20 – Before the Los Angeles Dodgers' game against the New York Mets, Steve Garvey and Don Sutton engage in a clubhouse fistfight over comments made by Sutton in an interview with the Washington Post about Garvey being the "All-American boy".











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  • 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 8 – Josephine Kabick, 55, female pitcher who played from 1944 through 1947 in the AAGPBL
  • 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 16 – Eddie Stumpf, 84, Minor league player, manager, coach, scout and executive in a career than spanned more than four decades
  • 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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