1978 in baseball


1978 in baseball

Year in baseball
this year = 1978

Champions

Major League Baseball

*World Series: New York Yankees over Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2); Bucky Dent, MVP

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*American League Championship Series MVP: None
*National League Championship Series MVP: Steve Garvey
*All-Star Game, July 11 at San Diego Stadium: National League, 7-3; Steve Garvey, MVP

Other champions

*Caribbean World Series: Indios de Mayagüez (Puerto Rico)
*College World Series: USC
*Japan Series: Yakult Swallows over Hankyu Braves (4-3)
*Little League World Series: Pin-Kuang, Pin-Tung, Taiwan

Awards and honors

*Most Valuable Player
**Jim Rice (AL)
**Dave Parker (NL)
*Cy Young Award
**Ron Guidry (AL)
**Gaylord Perry (NL)
*Rookie of the Year
**Lou Whitaker (AL)
**Bob Horner (NL)

MLB Statistical Leaders

Events

*January 19 - Eddie Mathews is elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America on 301 of 379 ballots.

*January 25 - The San Diego Padres send Dave Tomlin and cash to the Texas Rangers in return for Gaylord Perry, who will win this year's National League Cy Young Award.

*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 16 - The St. Louis Cardinals' Bob Forsch hurls a no-hitter in beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0. Forsch walks 2 and strikes out 3 in pitching the first home no-hitter by a Cardinal since Jesse Haines in 1924. Roger Freed's bases-loaded pinch double drives in 3 runs to help beat Randy Lerch.

*May 5 - Pete Rose singles off Montreal's Steve Rogers for career hit 3,000 and gets a hug at first base from former teammate Tony Perez. The Montreal Expos beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3.

*May 23 - With the Oakland Athletics leading the American League Western Division (24-15), manager Bobby Winkles walks off the job. Jack McKeon takes over.

*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.

*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 - In a rare event, Nolan Ryan of the California Angels and Steve Renko of the Boston Red Sox take separate no hitters into the ninth inning before they both lose the no hit bids. Ryan's Angels defeat the New York Yankees, 6-1, while Renko's Red Sox shut out the Oakland Athletics, 2-0.

*July 26 - Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run.

*August 1 - The Braves trounce the Reds 16-4 and stop Pete Rose's record 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 2nd-longest in major league history. He goes 70-for-182 during the skein (a average of .385).

*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 7 - The "Boston Massacre" begins. The Boston Red Sox enter today's opening game of a four game series in Boston with a four game lead over the New York Yankees; a lead which had been fourteen games just weeks earlier. The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 15-3, and go on to sweep the series, erasing the Red Sox lead in the American League East Division.

*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".

*September 30 - The Phillies overcame a first-inning grand slam by Willie Stargell to beat the Pirates 10-8 to clinch their 3rd straight National League East Title. Winning pitcher Randy Lerch contributes two home runs to his cause. The loss snaps the Pittsburgh Pirates' streak of 24 straight wins at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium.

*October 1 - Gaylord Perry of the Cleveland Indians records his 3000th career strikeout.

*October 1 - Led by home runs from Rick Burleson and Jim Rice, and Luis Tiant's two-hit pitching, the Boston Red Sox shut out the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 at Fenway Park, closing out the regular season with an eight-game winning streak. They will have to play a one-game playoff at Fenway the next day against the New York Yankees, whom they had led by as many as 14 games in July.

*October 2 - Bucky Dent's crucial 7th-inning home run helps the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 in a one-game playoff for the American League East title. It is another defining moment in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Ron Guidry closes out the year 25-3, but not before giving up a home run to Carl Yastrzemski—the only one he will allow to a left-handed hitter all season.

*October 4 - Steve Garvey smashes two home runs and a triple to pace the Dodgers to a 9-5 win over the Phillies in the opener of the National League Championship Series. Davey Lopes and Steve Yeager also homer at Veterans Stadium.

*October 7 - The Los Angeles Dodgers win the National League Championship Series 4-3 over the Philadelphia Phillies as Bill Russell's 10th-inning 2-out single scores Ron Cey. Dusty Baker collects four hits for Los Angeles. A walk to Cey and a routine liner that Garry Maddox muffs in center field sets up Russell's game-winner. The Dodgers won the series 3 games to 1.

*October 17 - The New York Yankees win their fourth straight game, 7-2, to clinch their second consecutive World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yankees shortstop Bucky Dent is named Series MVP.

Movies

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*"The Bad News Bears Go to Japan"
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Births

January-March

*January 4 - Willie Martínez
*January 6 - Casey Fossum
*January 7 - Kevin Mench
*January 11 - Greg Aquino
*January 12 - Luis Ayala
*January 16 - Alfredo Amézaga
*January 19 - Wilton Veras
*January 22 - Chone Figgins
*January 25 - Derrick Turnbow
*January 27 - Angel Berroa
*January 30 - John Patterson
*February 12 - Tim Redding
*February 24 - Steve Torrealba
*March 1 - Ken Harvey
*March 14 - Matt Kata
*March 21 - Cristian Guzmán
*March 29 - Eric Bruntlett
*March 30 - Josh Bard

April-June

*April 5 - Brandon Backe
*April 6 - Blaine Neal
*April 11 - Josh Hancock
*April 26 - Joe Crede
*April 27 - Runelvys Hernández
*April 29 - Tony Armas, Jr.
*May 9 - Aaron Harang
*May 13 - Barry Zito
*May 15 - Guillermo Rodríguez
*May 17 - Carlos Peña
*May 18 - Marcus Giles
*May 21 - Ricardo Rodríguez
*May 23 - Mike Gonzalez
*May 24 - Brad Penny
*June 3 - Steve Smyth
*June 15 - Zach Day
*June 17 - Dernell Stenson
*June 20 - Bobby Seay
*June 22 - Willie Harris
*June 22 - Kyle Lohse
*June 25 - Aramis Ramírez
*June 25 - Luke Scott

July-September

*July 13 - Ryan Ludwick
*July 15 - Miguel Olivo
*July 17 - Jason Jennings
*July 18 - Ben Sheets
*July 19 - Yorvit Torrealba
*August 2 - Matt Guerrier
*August 17 - Chad Qualls
*August 19 - Chris Capuano
*August 20 - T. J. Tucker
*August 21 - Jason Marquis
*August 24 - Rafael Furcal
*August 29 - Ed Rogers
*August 30 - Cliff Lee
*September 8 - Gil Meche
*September 9 - Kurt Ainsworth
*September 20 - Jason Bay
*September 25 - Joel Piñeiro
*September 27 - Jon Rauch

October-December

*October 14 - Ryan Church
*October 15 - Juan Cruz
*October 23 - John Lackey
*October 24 - Chris Bootcheck
*October 30 - Luis Matos
*November 2 - Carmen Cali
*November 3 - Anastacio Martínez
*November 4 - John Grabow
*November 10 - Jorge DePaula
*November 12 - Aaron Heilman
*November 14 - Xavier Nady
*November 19 - Jeff Bailey
*November 25 - Joe Borchard
*November 25 - Zach McClellan
*November 27 - Jimmy Rollins
*December 2 - Peter Moylan
*December 4 - Kyle Lohse
*December 6 - Chris Basak
*December 8 - Vernon Wells
*December 17 - Alex Cintrón
*December 17 - Chase Utley
*December 23 - Víctor Martínez

Deaths

January-March

*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-June

*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

July-September

*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 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-December

*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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