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1978 Baseball Season

More 1978 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights of the 1978 baseball season, including Rookies of the Year, big trades, and the year's inductees into the Hall of Fame:

  • Detroit's Ron LeFlore tops American League in steals (68) and runs (126).
  • Atlanta's Bob Horner is 1978 National League Rookie of the Year.
  • Detroit's Lou Whitaker is 1978 American League Rookie of the Year.
  • Pete Rose gets his 3,000th hit.
  • Cardinal Bob Forsch no-hits Phils on April 16.
  • Cincinnati's Tom Seaver no-hits Cards on June 16.
  • Cardinal Keith Hernandez wins his first of major league record ten consecutive Gold Gloves at first base.
  • The Hall of Fame inducts Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, and Larry MacPhail.
  • Yanks trade Sparky Lyle and four other players to Texas for Dave Righetti and four other players.
  • Mets send Jerry Koosman to Twins for Jesse Orosco and a minor leaguer.
  • Texas ships Perry to San Diego for Dave Tomlin and $125,000.
  • Cleveland trades Buddy Bell to Texas for Toby Harrah.
  • Texas swaps Bobby Bonds and Len Barker to Cleveland for Jim Kern and Larvell Blanks.
  • Ray Grebey named head of the owners' Player Relations Committee.
  • Don Gullett's career ends at age 27 by a bum arm.
  • Jesse Haines dies.
  • Dodgers coach Jim Gilliam dies.
  • O's rookie Sammy Stewart fans seven consecutive Cleveland hitters in his major league debut on September 1.
  • Boston third baseman Butch Hobson is the first major league regular in 62 years to post a FA below .900.
  • Guidry's nine shutouts top the major league and tie the American League record for a left-hander.
  • Ross Grimsley becomes first Expos pitcher to win 20 games in a season, as he wins 20 even.
  • Baltimore's Eddie Murray is second in the American League in total bases (293) but with 113 less than leader Rice.
  • Cub Ivan DeJesus leads the National League in runs (104).
  • Steve Garvey tops the National League with 202 hits.
  • Atlanta's Jeff Burroughs paces the major league with 117 walks and .436 OBP.
  • Cardinal Garry Templeton leads the National League in triples with 13.
  • Pirate Omar Moreno leads the major league with 71 steals.
  • Ranger Mike Hargrove, known as the "Human Rain Delay" for taking so much time in the box, paces the American League in walks with 107.
  • George Brett leads the American League in doubles (45).
  • Gaylord Perry leads the National League pitchers in wins (21) and win pct. (.778).
  • Houston's J.R. Richard tops the major league with 303 Ks.
  • Phil Niekro leads the National League in innings (334) and CGs (22).
  • Mets' Craig Swan has best ERA in the National League (2.43), narrowly beating out Montreal's Steve Rogers.
  • Giant Bob Knepper paces the National League with six shutouts.
  • Rollie Fingers of San Diego leads majors with 37 saves.
  • Mike Caldwell of Milwaukee tops the major league with 23 complete games and wins 22 games.
  • Jim Palmer leads the American League in innings (296), wins 21 for O's.
  • Goose Gossage of the Yankees leads the American League in saves (27).
  • Brewers top the major league in runs (804), homers (173), BA (.276), SA (.432), and OBP (.342), as they finish just 6-1/2 back of Yankees in the American League East.
  • The Mariners and Blue Jays, both in their second year of existence, finish last in their divisions and lose over 100 games apiece.
  • Kent Tekulve saves 31 games for Pittsburgh and pitches in a major league top 91 games.
  • Oriole Mark Belanger wins sixth consecutive Gold Glove at short.
  • Three Oakland pitchers lead the American League in games: Bob Lacey (74), Dave Heaverlo (69), and Elias Sosa (68).

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