1978 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 5 – October 17, 1978
Number of games162
Number of teams26
TV partner(s)ABC, NBC
Draft
Top draft pickBob Horner
Picked byAtlanta Braves
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Jim Rice (BOS)
NL: Dave Parker (PIT)
Postseason
AL championsNew York Yankees
  AL runners-upKansas City Royals
NL championsLos Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-upPhiladelphia Phillies
World Series
ChampionsNew York Yankees
  Runners-upLos Angeles Dodgers
World Series MVPBucky Dent (NYY)
MLB seasons

The 1978 Major League Baseball season saw the New York Yankees defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers to win their second consecutive World Series, and 22nd overall, in a rematch of the prior season's Fall Classic. The Yankees overcame clubhouse turmoil, a mid-season managerial change, and a 14-game mid-July deficit in the American League East en route to the championship. All four teams that made the playoffs in 1977 returned for this postseason; none of the four returned to the postseason in 1979.

Standings

Postseason

Bracket

  League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
                 
East NY Yankees 3  
West Kansas City 1  
    AL NY Yankees 4
  NL Los Angeles 2
East Philadelphia 1
West Los Angeles 3  

Awards and honors

Major Awards

1978 Award Winners
  American League National League
Award Player Position Team Player Position Team
Most Valuable Player Jim Rice LF BOS Dave Parker RF PIT
Cy Young Award Ron Guidry LHP NYY Gaylord Perry RHP SD
Rookie of the Year Lou Whitaker 2B DET Bob Horner 3B ATL
Relief Man of the Year Goose Gossage RHP NYY Rollie Fingers RHP SD

Gold Glove Awards

1978 Gold Glove Awards
  American League National League
Position Player Team Player Team
P Jim Palmer BAL Phil Niekro ATL
C Jim Sundberg TEX Bob Boone PHI
1B Chris Chambliss NYY Keith Hernandez STL
2B Frank White KC Davey Lopes LA
3B Graig Nettles NYY Mike Schmidt PHI
SS Mark Belanger BAL Larry Bowa PHI
OF Dwight Evans BOS Garry Maddox PHI
OF Fred Lynn BOS Dave Parker PIT
OF Rick Miller CAL Ellis Valentine MTL

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Rod Carew, MIN .333 Dave Parker, PIT .334
HR Jim Rice, BOS 46 George Foster, CIN 40
RBI Jim Rice, BOS 139 George Foster, CIN 120
SB Ron LeFlore, DET 68 Omar Moreno, PIT 71
Wins Ron Guidry, NYY 25 Gaylord Perry, SD 21
ERA Ron Guidry, NYY 1.74 Craig Swan, NYM 2.34
Ks Nolan Ryan, CAL 260 J. R. Richard, HOU 303
SV Goose Gossage, NYY 27 Rollie Fingers, SD 37

Feats

No-Hitters

Cycles

Records

American League

National League

Career Milestones

3,000 Hits

500 Home Runs

3,000 Strikeouts

Home Field Attendance

Team Name Wins Home attendance Per Game
Los Angeles Dodgers[1] 95 -3.1% 3,347,845 13.3% 41,331
Philadelphia Phillies[2] 90 -10.9% 2,583,389 -4.3% 31,505
Cincinnati Reds[3] 92 4.5% 2,532,497 0.5% 31,656
New York Yankees[4] 100 0.0% 2,335,871 11.1% 28,838
Boston Red Sox[5] 99 2.1% 2,320,643 11.9% 28,301
Kansas City Royals[6] 92 -9.8% 2,255,493 21.7% 27,846
California Angels[7] 87 17.6% 1,755,386 22.5% 21,671
San Francisco Giants[8] 89 18.7% 1,740,477 148.6% 21,487
Detroit Tigers[9] 86 16.2% 1,714,893 26.1% 21,172
San Diego Padres[10] 84 21.7% 1,670,107 21.4% 20,619
Milwaukee Brewers[11] 93 38.8% 1,601,406 43.6% 19,770
Toronto Blue Jays[12] 59 9.3% 1,562,585 -8.1% 19,291
Chicago Cubs[13] 79 -2.5% 1,525,311 5.9% 18,601
Chicago White Sox[14] 71 -21.1% 1,491,100 -10.0% 18,639
Texas Rangers[15] 87 -7.4% 1,447,963 15.8% 17,658
Montreal Expos[16] 76 1.3% 1,427,007 -0.5% 17,838
St. Louis Cardinals[17] 69 -16.9% 1,278,215 -23.0% 15,780
Houston Astros[18] 74 -8.6% 1,126,145 1.5% 13,903
Baltimore Orioles[19] 90 -7.2% 1,051,724 -12.0% 12,984
New York Mets[20] 66 3.1% 1,007,328 -5.6% 12,592
Pittsburgh Pirates[21] 88 -8.3% 964,106 -22.1% 11,903
Atlanta Braves[22] 69 13.1% 904,494 3.7% 11,167
Seattle Mariners[23] 56 -12.5% 877,440 -34.4% 10,833
Cleveland Indians[24] 69 -2.8% 800,584 -11.1% 10,264
Minnesota Twins[25] 73 -13.1% 787,878 -32.2% 9,727
Oakland Athletics[26] 69 9.5% 526,999 6.3% 6,587

Notable events

January–March

April–May

June–July

August–September

October

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Deaths

References

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