1978 Baseball Season

1978 Baseball Season Highlights

Reggie Jackson led the Yankees to another World Series victory in 1978.
Reggie Jackson led the Yankees to another World Series victory in 1978.

The 1978 baseball season ended -- as in 1977 -- with the Yankees beating the Dodgers in the World Series. The year was also marked by outstanding performances by players like Reggie Jackson and Pete Rose. Below, you will find highlights from the 1978 baseball season:

  • Yanks repeat in the American League to give them three consecutive flags.
  • Dodgers triumph again in the National League, setting up the majors' first World Series rematch since 1958.
  • Phils bow in League Championship Series for the third year in a row, as LA beats them in four games on Steve Garvey's four homers.
  • Royals lose to New York for the third year in a row in the American League Championship Series, this time in four games.
  • Yanks again beat the Dodgers in six games in the World Series.
  • Reggie Jackson has another big World Series, hitting .391 with two home runs.
  • Yankee second baseman Brian Doyle, playing for injured Willie Randolph, leads all Series players with .438 batting average.
  • Yanks win the American League East crown by defeating Red Sox in one-game playoff at Fenway, as Bucky Dent's three-run homer wins it 5-4.
  • Red Sox blow a 14-game lead over Yankees as late as July 17.
  • Billy Martin resigns as Yankees manager in mid-season under pressure from owner George Steinbrenner.
  • Martin punches out a Nevada State Journal reporter.
  • New manager Bob Lemon leads the Yanks to the American League flag.
  • Lemon is first manager in American League history to pilot a team to a World Championship after taking over the team in mid-season.
  • Pete Rose sets modern National League record by hitting in 44 consecutive games.
  • Ron Guidry is 25-3, sets win pct. record for 25-game winner at .893, and tops the major league with 1.74 ERA.
  • Guidry is the unanimous choice for the 1978 American League Cy Young Award.
  • Padre Gaylord Perry wins the 1978 National League Cy Young Award, becoming only hurler to win award in both leagues.
  • Jim Rice edges out Guidry for the 1978 American League MVP.
  • Rice leads the American League in hits (213), home runs (46), RBI (139), triples (15), total bases (406), SA (.600), and runs produced (214).
  • Rice is the last major leaguer to reach 400 total bases until 1998.
  • Pirate Dave Parker is named 1978 National League MVP.
  • Parker repeats as the National League bat champ (.334), and also leads loop in total bases (340), SA (.585), and runs produced (189).
  • Rod Carew takes his second consecutive American League bat crown (.333) and leads loop in OBP (.415).
  • Cincinnati's George Foster again tops the National League in homers (40) and RBI (120).
  • Giant Bobby Bonds is a member of 30/30 club (30 homers/30 steals) for the major league record fifth time.
  • California's Lyman Bostock, who was the American League bat crown runner-up in 1977, is shot to death.
  • Dodgers become the first team to draw more than three million fans in a season.
  • Joe Morgan's record skein of 91 consecutive errorless games ends.
  • National League wins 1978 All-Star Game 7-3 at San Diego for its seventh consecutive victory.
  • On July 30, the Braves suffer the worst loss by a home team in National League history, as they're blown out by Expos 19-0.
  • Giants get Vida Blue from A's for five players and $390,000.
  • The average player's salary is up to $90,000.
  • Rose leads the major league with 51 doubles.

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