1978 Philadelphia Phillies
1978 National League East Championship
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)R. R. M. "Ruly" Carpenter III
General manager(s)Paul Owens
Manager(s)Danny Ozark
Local televisionWPHL-TV
Local radioKYW
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)
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The 1978 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 96th season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies won their third straight National League East title with a record of 90–72, a game and a half over the Pittsburgh Pirates, as the Phillies defeated the Pirates in Pittsburgh on the next to last day of the season.[1][2] For the third consecutive season the Phillies came up short in the NLCS, as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated them three games to one, as they had the previous season. The Phillies were managed by Danny Ozark and played their home games at Veterans Stadium.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 90 72 0.556 54–28 36–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 73 0.547 55–26 33–47
Chicago Cubs 79 83 0.488 11 44–38 35–45
Montreal Expos 76 86 0.469 14 41–39 35–47
St. Louis Cardinals 69 93 0.426 21 37–44 32–49
New York Mets 66 96 0.407 24 33–47 33–49

Record vs. opponents

1978 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7 6–12 8–10 5–13 5–7 6–6 8–4 2–10 8–10 11–7 5–7
Chicago 7–5 7–5 6–6 4–8 7–11 11–7 4–14 7–11 7–5 4–8 15–3
Cincinnati 12–6 5–7 11–7 9–9 8–4 7–5 7–5 4–7 9–9 12–6 8–4
Houston 10–8 6–6 7–11 7–11 6–6 7–5 6–6 4–8 8–10 6–12 7–5
Los Angeles 13–5 8–4 9–9 11–7 8–4 7–5 7–5 7–5 9–9 11–7 5–7
Montreal 7–5 11–7 4–8 6–6 4–8 8–10 9–9 7–11 6–6 5–7 9–9
New York 6–6 7–11 5–7 5–7 5–7 10–8 6–12 7–11 5–7 3–9 7–11
Philadelphia 4-8 14–4 5–7 6–6 5–7 9–9 12–6 11–7 8–4 6–6 10–8
Pittsburgh 10–2 11–7 7–4 8–4 5–7 11–7 11–7 7–11 5–7 4–8 9–9
San Diego 10–8 5–7 9–9 10–8 9–9 6–6 7–5 4–8 7–5 8–10 9–3
San Francisco 7–11 8–4 6–12 12–6 7–11 7–5 9–3 6–6 8–4 10–8 9–3
St. Louis 7–5 3–15 4–8 5–7 7–5 9–9 11–7 8–10 9–9 3–9 3–9


Notable transactions

Draft picks

Phillie Phanatic

The Phillie Phanatic debuted on April 25, 1978, at The Vet when the Phils played the Chicago Cubs. Tim McCarver introduced the Phanatic on the "Captain Noah and His Magical Ark" show on WPVI-TV in his role promoting the team.[13] The Phanatic was originally portrayed by Dave Raymond.[14]

Game log

1978 Game Log (Overall Record: 90–72)
April (10–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 7 Cardinals 1–5 Bob Forsch (1–0) Steve Carlton (0–1) None 47,791 0–1
2 April 8 Cardinals 7–0 Larry Christenson (1–0) Eric Rasmussen (0–1) None 24,441 1–1
3 April 9 Cardinals 12–3 Randy Lerch (1–0) John Urrea (0–1) None 35,104 2–1
April 11 Expos Postponed (rain);[15] Makeup: September 26 as a traditional double-header
4 April 12 Expos 7–8 Steve Rogers (1–1) Jim Lonborg (0–1) Bill Atkinson (1) 19,110 2–2
5 April 14 @ Cardinals 4–3 Steve Carlton (1–1) Pete Vuckovich (0–1) Tug McGraw (1) 17,921 3–2
6 April 15 @ Cardinals 3–2 (10) Tug McGraw (1–0) Pete Vuckovich (0–2) None 13,844 4–2
7 April 16 @ Cardinals 0–5[16][17] Bob Forsch (3–0) Randy Lerch (1–1) None 11,495 4–3
8 April 17 @ Pirates 6–2 Jim Lonborg (1–1) John Candelaria (1–2) None 7,343 5–3
April 18 @ Pirates Postponed (rain);[18] Makeup: August 4 as a traditional double-header
April 21 @ Expos Postponed (rain);[19] Makeup: April 22 as a traditional double-header
9 April 22 (1) @ Expos 3–7 Wayne Twitchell (1–1) Steve Carlton (1–2) Stan Bahnsen (1) see 2nd game 5–4
10 April 22 (2) @ Expos 3–5 Ross Grimsley (3–0) Larry Christenson (1–1) Stan Bahnsen (2) 19,237 5–5
11 April 23 @ Expos 2–5 Steve Rogers (2–2) Jim Lonborg (1–2) Darold Knowles (1) 17,922 5–6
12 April 24 Cubs 12–2 Randy Lerch (2–1) Woodie Fryman (0–1) None 20,115 6–6
13 April 25 Cubs 7–0 Jim Kaat (1–0) Dennis Lamp (1–3) None 17,227 7–6
14 April 26 Cubs 2–4 Rick Reuschel (3–2) Steve Carlton (1–3) Bruce Sutter (3) 17,299 7–7
15 April 28 Padres 3–2 Larry Christenson (2–1) Bob Owchinko (1–2) Ron Reed (1) 26,872 8–7
16 April 29 Padres 7–2 Jim Lonborg (2–2) Dave Freisleben (0–2) None 28,390 9–7
17 April 30 Padres 11–4 Randy Lerch (3–1) Randy Jones (1–2) None 31,101 10–7
May (12–14)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
18 May 1 @ Reds 12–1 Steve Carlton (2–3) Tom Seaver (0–3) None 21,476 11–7
19 May 3 @ Reds 3–12 Fred Norman (4–0) Larry Christenson (2–2) None 26,054 11–8
20 May 5 Mets 9–4 Jim Lonborg (3–2) Nino Espinosa (1–2) Tug McGraw (2) 22,116 12–8
21 May 6 Mets 7–2 Steve Carlton (3–3) Pat Zachry (3–1) None 22,250 13–8
22 May 7 Mets 8–5 Gene Garber (1–0) Craig Swan (1–2) Tug McGraw (3) 39,106 14–8
May 8 Astros Postponed (rain);[20] Makeup: July 21 as a traditional double-header
23 May 9 Astros 1–5 J. R. Richard (2–3) Larry Christenson (2–3) None 18,144 14–9
24 May 10 Astros 3–1 Jim Lonborg (4–2) Mark Lemongello (2–4) None 20,096 15–9
25 May 11 Reds 4–1 Steve Carlton (4–3) Tom Seaver (1–4) None 32,580 16–9
26 May 12 Reds 0–3 Bill Bonham (4–0) Randy Lerch (3–2) Paul Moskau (1) 38,179 16–10
27 May 13 Reds 3–4 Manny Sarmiento (3–1) Tug McGraw (1–1) None 35,802 16–11
28 May 14 Reds 7–4 Larry Christenson (3–3) Tom Hume (2–5) Ron Reed (2) 30,482 17–11
29 May 15 @ Astros 0–5 J. R. Richard (3–3) Jim Lonborg (4–3) None 9,943 17–12
30 May 16 @ Astros 1–6 Mark Lemongello (3–4) Steve Carlton (4–4) None 11,381 17–13
31 May 17 @ Astros 1–2 Joaquín Andújar (3–2) Randy Lerch (3–3) Tom Dixon (1) 11,856 17–14
32 May 18 @ Astros 8–5[a] Gene Garber (2–0) Joe Sambito (2–1) None 10,828 18–14
33 May 19 @ Mets 3–4 Skip Lockwood (3–3) Tug McGraw (1–2) None 13,181 18–15
34 May 20 @ Mets 9–4 (11) Tug McGraw (2–2) Dale Murray (1–2) None 14,110 19–15
35 May 21 @ Mets 5–6 (10) Skip Lockwood (4–3) Tug McGraw (2–3) None 18,183 19–16
May 23 @ Cubs Postponed (rain);[21] Makeup: June 30 as a traditional double-header
36 May 24 @ Cubs 4–6 (10) Bruce Sutter (4–2) Gene Garber (2–1) None 17,901 19–17
37 May 25 @ Cubs 1–5 Rick Reuschel (5–3) Steve Carlton (4–5) Bruce Sutter (6) 19,788 19–18
38 May 26 @ Braves 2–4 Phil Niekro (5–6) Randy Lerch (3–4) None 16,638 19–19
39 May 27 @ Braves 6–5 Tug McGraw (3–3) Rick Camp (0–2) Gene Garber (1) 15,081 20–19
40 May 28 @ Braves 3–5 Preston Hanna (4–0) Larry Christenson (3–4) Jamie Easterly (1) 22,233 20–20
41 May 29 Pirates 4–3 (14) Warren Brusstar (1–0) Dave Hamilton (0–1) None 34,353 21–20
42 May 30 Pirates 6–1 Steve Carlton (5–5) Bert Blyleven (3–5) None 26,123 22–20
43 May 31 Pirates 1–2 John Candelaria (5–6) Randy Lerch (3–5) Kent Tekulve (5) 29,595 22–21
June (18–10)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
44 June 2 Dodgers 4–2 Jim Lonborg (5–3) Burt Hooton (4–5) Gene Garber (2) 42,347 23–21
45 June 3 Dodgers 5–1 Tug McGraw (4–3) Terry Forster (1–1) None 31,442 24–21
46 June 4 Dodgers 9–4 Jim Kaat (2–0) Tommy John (7–3) None 42,066 25–21
47 June 5 Giants 4–3 Steve Carlton (6–5) Vida Blue (6–4) Ron Reed (3) 37,684 26–21
48 June 6 Giants 7–6 Tug McGraw (5–3) Gary Lavelle (4–4) None 28,093 27–21
49 June 7 Giants 5–4 Tug McGraw (6–3) Randy Moffitt (5–2) None 20,708 28–21
50 June 9 Braves 6–1 Larry Christenson (4–4) Eddie Solomon (1–4) None 40,272 29–21
51 June 10 Braves 6–2 Jim Kaat (3–0) Dick Ruthven (2–6) Gene Garber (3) 33,292 30–21
52 June 11 Braves 0–4 Phil Niekro (7–6) Steve Carlton (6–6) None 58,367 30–22
53 June 12 @ Dodgers 5–6 Burt Hooton (5–5) Jim Lonborg (5–4) Lance Rautzhan (1) 26,604 30–23
54 June 13 @ Dodgers 3–5 Don Sutton (5–6) Randy Lerch (3–6) None 41,257 30–24
55 June 14 @ Giants 1–2 Vida Blue (8–4) Larry Christenson (4–5) Randy Moffitt (4) 13,902 30–25
56 June 15 @ Giants 1–6 John Montefusco (6–2) Jim Kaat (3–1) None 14,754 30–26
57 June 16 @ Padres 5–0 Steve Carlton (7–6) Randy Jones (5–5) None 21,124 31–26
58 June 17 @ Padres 0–7 Bob Owchinko (4–6) Jim Lonborg (5–5) None 27,319 31–27
59 June 18 @ Padres 1–4 Gaylord Perry (7–2) Dick Ruthven (2–7) Rollie Fingers (15) 21,195 31–28
60 June 20 Cardinals 2–4 Bob Forsch (8–6) Larry Christenson (4–6) Mark Littell (2) 30,119 31–29
June 21 Cardinals Postponed (rain);[22] Makeup: September 8 as a traditional double-header
61 June 22 Cardinals 2–1 Steve Carlton (8–6) John Denny (6–6) None 29,183 32–29
62 June 23 (1) Cubs 6–1 Dick Ruthven (3–7) Dave Roberts (3–2) None see 2nd game 33–29
63 June 23 (2) Cubs 6–1 Jim Lonborg (6–5) Dennis Lamp (2–8) None 45,234 34–29
64 June 24 Cubs 6–2 Jim Kaat (4–1) Ken Holtzman (1–2) Ron Reed (4) 41,605 35–29
65 June 25 Cubs 4–2 Larry Christenson (5–6) Rick Reuschel (8–5) None 36,075 36–29
66 June 26 @ Expos 1–5 Steve Rogers (9–7) Steve Carlton (8–7) None 19,487 36–30
67 June 27 @ Expos 1–0 Dick Ruthven (4–7) Hal Dues (1–4) None 36,885 37–30
68 June 28 @ Expos 7–5 Jim Lonborg (7–5) Mike Garman (0–3) Tug McGraw (4) 35,182 38–30
69 June 29 @ Cubs 9–3 Jim Kaat (5–1) Dave Roberts (3–3) Tug McGraw (5) 25,669 39–30
70 June 30 (1) @ Cubs 0–2 Mike Krukow (1–0) Larry Christenson (5–7) None see 2nd game 39–31
71 June 30 (2) @ Cubs 6–5 Tug McGraw (7–3) Bruce Sutter (5–3) None 29,525 40–31
July (15–14)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
72 July 1 @ Cubs 2–1 Randy Lerch (4–6) Dennis Lamp (2–10) Ron Reed (5) 26,042 41–31
73 July 2 @ Cubs 6–5 Dick Ruthven (5–7) Ken Holtzman (1–3) Tug McGraw (6) 25,934 42–31
July 3 @ Mets Postponed (rain);[23] Makeup: July 5
74 July 4 (1) @ Mets 0–4 Pat Zachry (10–3) Larry Christenson (5–8) None see 2nd game 42–32
75 July 4 (2) @ Mets 3–2 Rawly Eastwick (3–1) Craig Swan (1–5) Ron Reed (6) 10,410 43–32
76 July 5 @ Mets 7–5 Warren Brusstar (2–0) Jerry Koosman (2–9) Tug McGraw (7) 8,667 44–32
77 July 6 Expos 7–6 Rawly Eastwick (4–1) Ross Grimsley (11–6) None 50,149 45–32
78 July 7 Expos 4–7 Steve Rogers (11–7) Dick Ruthven (5–8) Mike Garman (6) 45,193 45–33
79 July 8 (1) Expos 6–3 Larry Christenson (6–8) Woodie Fryman (3–7) Ron Reed (7) see 2nd game 46–33
80 July 8 (2) Expos 1–8 Hal Dues (3–4) Jim Lonborg (7–6) None 50,098 46–34
81 July 9 Expos 8–7 Tug McGraw (8–3) Darold Knowles (2–2) None 40,949 47–34
July 11 1978 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at San Diego Stadium in San Diego
82 July 14 @ Braves 2–7 Phil Niekro (10–9) Steve Carlton (8–8) None 17,464 47–35
83 July 15 @ Braves 2–3 Rick Camp (2–2) Jim Kaat (5–2) Gene Garber (12) N/A[b] 47–36
84 July 16 @ Braves 4–2 Dick Ruthven (6–8) Preston Hanna (7–6) Ron Reed (8) 20,734 48–36
85 July 17 @ Astros 1–2 (11) Joe Niekro (6–7) Rawly Eastwick (4–2) None 14,397 48–37
86 July 18 @ Astros 1–9 J. R. Richard (9–9) Jim Lonborg (7–7) None 15,478 48–38
87 July 19 Reds 2–7 Dave Tomlin (6–1) Steve Carlton (8–9) Doug Bair (16) 45,608 48–39
88 July 20 Reds 8–6 Warren Brusstar (3–0) Manny Sarmiento (7–6) Tug McGraw (8) 44,054 49–39
89 July 21 (1) Astros 6–1 Dick Ruthven (7–8) Joe Niekro (6–8) None see 2nd game 50–39
90 July 21 (2) Astros 8–2 Larry Christenson (7–8) Rick Williams (1–2) None 35,389 51–39
91 July 22 Astros 3–2 (10) Ron Reed (1–0) Ken Forsch (4–4) None 33,672 52–39
92 July 23 Astros 13–2 Steve Carlton (9–9) Tom Dixon (5–7) None 30,554 53–39
93 July 24 Braves 1–5 Eddie Solomon (3–4) Jim Lonborg (7–8) Craig Skok (2) 30,184 53–40
94 July 25 Braves 0–4 Tommy Boggs (2–5) Larry Christenson (7–9) None 25,954 53–41
95 July 26 Braves 2–4 Phil Niekro (12–10) Jim Kaat (5–3) None 50,218 53–42
96 July 28 (1) @ Reds 12–2 Randy Lerch (5–6) Fred Norman (9–6) None see 2nd game 54–42
97 July 28 (2) @ Reds 1–2 Tom Seaver (10–9) Steve Carlton (9–10) Doug Bair (18) 51,779 54–43
98 July 29 @ Reds 2–6 Paul Moskau (2–2) Jim Lonborg (7–9) None 49,108 54–44
99 July 30 @ Reds 3–5 Tom Hume (5–10) Larry Christenson (7–10) Doug Bair (19) 44,092 54–45
100 July 31 Mets 6–1 Dick Ruthven (8–8) Nino Espinosa (9–9) None 21,133 55–45
August (16–14)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
101 August 1 Mets 1–5 Kevin Kobel (2–2) Steve Carlton (9–11) None 31,085 55–46
102 August 2 Mets 8–6 Randy Lerch (6–6) Jerry Koosman (3–12) Tug McGraw (9) 32,382 56–46
103 August 4 (1) @ Pirates 2–0 Larry Christenson (8–10) Jim Rooker (6–8) None see 2nd game 57–46
104 August 4 (2) @ Pirates 2–5 Don Robinson (6–5) Jim Kaat (5–4) None 30,865 57–47
August 5 @ Pirates Postponed (rain);[24] Makeup: September 29 as a traditional double-header
105 August 6 (1) @ Pirates 3–2 Dick Ruthven (9–8) Bert Blyleven (9–7) None see 2nd game 58–47
106 August 6 (2) @ Pirates 5–0 Steve Carlton (10–11) Jim Bibby (6–6) None 31,141 59–47
107 August 7 @ Cardinals 3–6 Aurelio López (1–1) Randy Lerch (6–7) Mark Littell (6) 18,671 59–48
108 August 8 (1) @ Cardinals 0–2 Pete Vuckovich (9–9) Larry Christenson (8–11) None see 2nd game 59–49
109 August 8 (2) @ Cardinals 2–6 Tom Bruno (2–0) Jim Lonborg (7–10) None 26,880 59–50
110 August 9 @ Cardinals 6–3 Jim Kaat (6–4) Bob Forsch (9–13) Ron Reed (9) 16,172 60–50
111 August 10 Pirates 3–1 Dick Ruthven (10–8) Bert Blyleven (9–8) None 34,672 61–50
112 August 11 Pirates 15–4 Steve Carlton (11–11) Bruce Kison (3–4) None 35,101 62–50
113 August 12 Pirates 10–1 Randy Lerch (7–7) Jim Bibby (6–7) None 30,110 63–50
114 August 13 Pirates 3–7 Don Robinson (8–5) Larry Christenson (8–12) None 38,119 63–51
115 August 15 Dodgers 4–5 Doug Rau (12–7) Dick Ruthven (10–9) Lance Rautzhan (4) 38,386 63–52
116 August 16 Dodgers 2–5 Bob Welch (5–0) Jim Kaat (6–5) None 37,660 63–53
117 August 17 Dodgers 2–5 Burt Hooton (13–8) Tug McGraw (8–4) Terry Forster (15) 36,325 63–54
118 August 18 Giants 5–6 Gary Lavelle (10–9) Tug McGraw (8–5) None 36,554 63–55
119 August 19 Giants 3–0 Steve Carlton (12–11) John Montefusco (9–5) None 54,288 64–55
120 August 20 Giants 5–3 Dick Ruthven (11–9) Jim Barr (6–10) Ron Reed (10) 51,088 65–55
121 August 21 Padres 3–7 Gaylord Perry (15–5) Warren Brusstar (3–1) Bob Shirley (4) 27,124 65–56
122 August 22 Padres 5–3 Larry Christenson (9–12) Eric Rasmussen (12–10) Ron Reed (11) 36,339 66–56
123 August 23 Padres 5–6 Rollie Fingers (5–11) Ron Reed (1–1) None 31,032 66–57
124 August 24 @ Dodgers 4–5 Tommy John (15–9) Warren Brusstar (3–2) Charlie Hough (7) 49,064 66–58
125 August 25 @ Dodgers 5–6 Lance Rautzhan (2–0) Ron Reed (1–2) None 46,548 66–59
126 August 26 @ Dodgers 3–1 Randy Lerch (8–7) Doug Rau (12–8) None 50,194 67–59
127 August 27 @ Dodgers 9–3 Larry Christenson (10–12) Bob Welch (5–2) None 43,065 68–59
128 August 28 @ Padres 6–1 Jim Kaat (7–5) Randy Jones (11–12) None 33,768 69–59
129 August 29 @ Padres 9–5 Dick Ruthven (12–9) Bob Owchinko (8–11) None 13,568 70–59
130 August 30 @ Padres 6–5 Warren Brusstar (4–2) Rollie Fingers (5–12) None 15,941 71–59
September (19–12)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
131 September 1 @ Giants 3–4 Gary Lavelle (11–9) Steve Carlton (12–12) None 16,413 71–60
132 September 2 @ Giants 3–1 (10) Larry Christenson (11–12) Gary Lavelle (11–10) None 27,457 72–60
133 September 3 (1) @ Giants 1–4 Bob Knepper (15–9) Dick Ruthven (12–10) None see 2nd game 72–61
134 September 3 (2) @ Giants 2–3 John Montefusco (10–6) Warren Brusstar (4–3) John Curtis (1) 39,596 72–62
135 September 4 (1) @ Cardinals 2–3 Bob Forsch (11–15) Randy Lerch (8–8) Mark Littell (9) see 2nd game 72–63
136 September 4 (2) @ Cardinals 10–2 Jim Lonborg (8–10) Silvio Martínez (8–8) None 19,015 73–63
137 September 6 @ Cubs 8–1 Steve Carlton (13–12) Rick Reuschel (13–12) None 14,269 74–63
138 September 7 @ Cubs 5–3 Warren Brusstar (5–3) Donnie Moore (9–7) Ron Reed (12) 11,427 75–63
139 September 8 (1) Cardinals 1–0 Dick Ruthven (13–10) Tom Bruno (4–2) None see 2nd game 76–63
140 September 8 (2) Cardinals 2–1 Ron Reed (2–2) Dan O'Brien (0–1) None 35,160 77–63
141 September 9 Cardinals 6–3 Randy Lerch (9–8) Bob Forsch (11–16) None 35,824 78–63
142 September 10 Cardinals 6–8 (10) Mark Littell (2–8) Ron Reed (2–3) Buddy Schultz (6) 33,106 78–64
143 September 11 Pirates 10–3 Steve Carlton (14–12) Don Robinson (12–6) None 33,198 79–64
144 September 12 Pirates 1–5 John Candelaria (11–11) Larry Christenson (11–13) Kent Tekulve (29) 31,355 79–65
145 September 13 Cubs 6–2 Dick Ruthven (14–10) Ray Burris (5–12) None 30,114 80–65
146 September 14 Cubs 11–5 Warren Brusstar (6–3) Rick Reuschel (14–13) Ron Reed (13) 20,037 81–65
147 September 15 Mets 4–5 (10) Dale Murray (9–5) Tug McGraw (8–6) None 29,257 81–66
148 September 16 Mets 2–1 (10) Steve Carlton (15–12) Dwight Bernard (1–2) None 44,307 82–66
149 September 17 Mets 0–2 Mike Bruhert (4–9) Larry Christenson (11–14) None 35,301 82–67
150 September 19 @ Expos 2–5 Scott Sanderson (3–2) Dick Ruthven (14–11) Mike Garman (13) 9,429 82–68
151 September 20 @ Expos 4–2 Randy Lerch (10–8) Dan Schatzeder (7–6) Ron Reed (14) 9,298 83–68
September 21 @ Expos Postponed (rain);[25] Makeup: September 25 in Philadelphia[26]
September 22 @ Mets Postponed (rain);[27] Makeup: September 23 as a traditional double-header
152 September 23 (1) @ Mets 1–0 Larry Christenson (12–14) Mike Bruhert (4–10) None see 2nd game 84–68
153 September 23 (2) @ Mets 6–3 Dick Ruthven (15–11) Dwight Bernard (1–3) None 9,694 85–68
154 September 24 @ Mets 8–2 Steve Carlton (16–12) Nino Espinosa (10–15) None 25,473 86–68
155 September 25 Expos 3–2 (12) Ron Reed (3–3) Stan Bahnsen (1–5) None 11,651 87–68
156 September 26 (1) Expos 5–3 Jim Kaat (8–5) David Palmer (0–1) Ron Reed (15) see 2nd game 88–68
157 September 26 (2) Expos 0–3 Rudy May (8–10) Tug McGraw (8–7) None 29,506 88–69
158 September 27 Expos 5–4 Larry Christenson (13–14) Ross Grimsley (19–11) Ron Reed (16) 27,410 89–69
159 September 29 (1) @ Pirates 4–5 Kent Tekulve (7–7) Ron Reed (3–4) None see 2nd game 89–70
160 September 29 (2) @ Pirates 1–2 Kent Tekulve (8–7) Steve Carlton (16–13) None 45,134 89–71
161 September 30 @ Pirates 10–8 Randy Lerch (11–8) Grant Jackson (7–5) Ron Reed (17) 28,905 90–71
October (0–1)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
162 October 1 @ Pirates 3–5 Odell Jones (2–0) Kevin Saucier (0–1) Kent Tekulve (31) 30,224 90–72
^[a] The May 18, 1978, game was protested by the Phillies in the top of the seventh inning.[28] The protest was later denied.[29]
^[b] The attendance for the July 15, 1978, game at Atlanta was not available on the baseball-reference.com website[30] and was omitted from Associated Press box scores.
  •   Phillies win
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Source:[30]

Roster

1978 Philadelphia Phillies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Bob Boone 132 435 123 .283 12 62
1B Richie Hebner 137 435 123 .283 17 71
2B Ted Sizemore 108 351 77 .219 0 25
3B Mike Schmidt 145 513 129 .251 21 78
SS Larry Bowa 156 654 192 .294 3 43
LF Greg Luzinski 155 540 143 .265 35 101
CF Garry Maddox 155 598 172 .288 11 68
RF Bake McBride 122 472 127 .269 10 49

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jerry Martin 128 266 72 .271 9 36
José Cardenal 87 201 50 .249 4 33
Tim McCarver 90 146 36 .247 1 14
Jim Morrison 53 108 17 .157 3 10
Bud Harrelson 71 103 22 .214 0 9
Davey Johnson 44 89 17 .191 2 14
Jay Johnstone 35 56 10 .179 0 4
Barry Foote 39 57 9 .158 1 4
Orlando González 26 26 5 .192 0 0
Kerry Dineen 5 8 2 .250 0 0
Lonnie Smith 17 4 0 .000 0 0
Pete Mackanin 5 8 2 .250 0 1
Keith Moreland 1 2 0 .000 0 0
Todd Cruz 3 4 2 .500 0 2

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Steve Carlton 34 247.1 16 13 2.84 161
Larry Christenson 33 228 13 14 3.24 131
Randy Lerch 33 184 11 8 3.96 96
Dick Ruthven 20 150.2 13 5 2.99 75
Jim Kaat 26 140.1 8 5 4.10 48
Jim Lonborg 22 113.2 8 10 5.23 48

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Ron Reed 66 3 4 17 2.24 85
Warren Brusstar 58 6 3 0 2.33 60
Tug McGraw 55 8 7 9 3.21 63
Rawly Eastwick 22 2 1 0 4.02 14
Gene Garber 22 2 1 3 1.40 24
Horacio Piña 2 0 0 0 0.00 4
Dan Boitano 1 0 0 0 0.00 0
Dan Larson 1 0 0 0 9.00 2
Kevin Saucier 1 0 1 0 18.00 2

1978 National League Championship Series

Main article: 1978 National League Championship Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers win the Series, 3 games to 1, over the Phillies.

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Los Angeles – 9, Philadelphia – 5 October 4 Veterans Stadium 63,460
2 Los Angeles – 4, Philadelphia – 0 October 5 Veterans Stadium 60,642
3 Philadelphia – 9, Los Angeles – 4 October 6 Dodger Stadium 55,043
4 Philadelphia – 3, Los Angeles – 4 October 7 Dodger Stadium 55,124

Postseason game log

1978 Postseason Game Log (Overall Record: 1–3)
National League Championship Series (1–3)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 October 4 Dodgers 5–9 Bob Welch (1–0) Larry Christenson (0–1) None 63,460 0–1
2 October 5 Dodgers 0–4 Tommy John (1–0) Dick Ruthven (0–1) None 60,642 0–2
3 October 6 @ Dodgers 9–4 Steve Carlton (1–0) Don Sutton (0–1) None 55,043 1–2
4 October 7 @ Dodgers 3–4 (10) Terry Forster (1–0) Tug McGraw (0–1) None 55,124 1–3
  •   Phillies win
  •   Phillies loss
  •   Postponement
  • Bold: Phillies team member
Source:[30]

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma City 89ers American Association Mike Ryan
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Lee Elia
A Peninsula Pilots Carolina League Jim Snyder
A Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League Ron Clark
Rookie Helena Phillies Pioneer League Larry Rojas

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Notes

  1. ^ Denlinger, Ken (October 1, 1978). "Phils Sew It Up". The Washington Post. p. D1.
  2. ^ Denlinger, Ken (October 1, 1978). "Loud Sighs From Phillies Precede Popping of Corks". The Washington Post. p. D2.
  3. ^ George Bell at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Fred Andrews at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Julio Franco at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Bobby Brown at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Carmen Castillo at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ Dan Larson at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Horacio Piña at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Ed Hearn at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Ryne Sandberg at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Rick Leach at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Landers, Chris (April 25, 2017). "Let's remember 39 years of celebrations and shenanigans with the Phillie Phanatic". Cut4. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  14. ^ Fitzpatrick, Frank (November 2, 2018). "Meet the mascot guru who went from being the original Phillie Phanatic to helping create Gritty". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  15. ^ MacDonald, Ian (April 12, 1978). "Expos get Carlton out of way as game in Philly postponed". The Gazette. Montreal, Quebec. p. 21. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  16. ^ "Error call thrills Forsch, amazes Phillies". The Miami News. Miami, Florida. Associated Press (AP). April 17, 1978. p. 1B. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  17. ^ MacDonald, Ian (April 21, 1978). "Forsch's tainted no-hitter casts doubt on how baseball's scoring rule applied". The Gazette. Montreal, Quebec. p. 21. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  18. ^ Feeney, Charley (April 19, 1978). "Tanner's Gambling Luck All Bad". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 13. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  19. ^ "Majors At A Glance". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 22, 1978. p. 12. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  20. ^ "Majors At A Glance". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 9, 1978. p. 14. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  21. ^ "Majors At A Glance". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 24, 1978. p. 40. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  22. ^ "Majors At A Glance". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 22, 1978. p. 14. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  23. ^ "Majors At A Glance". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 4, 1978. p. 42. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  24. ^ Feeney, Charley (August 7, 1978). "Bucs Dead, Funeral Date Pending". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 11. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  25. ^ "Expos-Phils rained on". The Gazette. Montreal, Quebec. September 22, 1978. p. 31. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  26. ^ "Pennant Race". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 23, 1978. p. 9. Retrieved December 28, 2014. ...Sept 21 at Montreal, ppd., rain will be played [September 25] at Philadelphia with Montreal the home team[.]
  27. ^ "Majors At A Glance". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 23, 1978. p. 13. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  28. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies 8, Houston Astros 5". retrosheet.org. May 18, 1978. Retrieved December 30, 2014. Schmidt doubled to left; Johnstone singled to right [Schmidt to third]; Hebner popped to shortstop; Maddox popped to catcher in foul territory; Phillies manager Danny Ozark protested game because the umpires returned Jay Johnstone to 1B[.]
  29. ^ "May 18, 1978, Phillies at Astros Box Score and Play by Play". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. May 18, 1978. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  30. ^ a b c "1978 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule, Box Scores and Splits". Baseball-Reference.com.
  31. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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