1978 Chicago White Sox season

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1978 Chicago White Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Veeck
Manager(s) Bob Lemon and Larry Doby
Local television WSNS-TV
Local radio WMAQ (AM)
(Harry Caray, Lorn Brown, Jimmy Piersall)
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The 1978 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 78th season in Major League Baseball, and its 79th overall. They finished with a record 71-90, good enough for fifth place in the American League West, 20.5 games behind the first-place Kansas City Royals.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • Larry Doby replaced Bob Lemon as manager of the White Sox in 1978. Doby was the second African-American to lead a major league club.

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L GB Pct.
Kansas City Royals 92 70 -- .568
Texas Rangers 87 75 5 .537
California Angels 87 75 5 .537
Minnesota Twins 73 89 19 .451
Chicago White Sox 71 90 20.5 .441
Oakland Athletics 69 93 23 .426
Seattle Mariners 56 104 35 .350

Notable transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Roster[edit]

1978 Chicago White Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SB
Alan Bannister, DH,OF,SS,2B 49 107 16 24 3 2 0 8 11 12 .224 3
Kevin Bell, 3B 54 68 9 13 0 0 2 5 5 19 .191 1
Ron Blomberg, DH,1B 61 156 16 36 7 0 5 22 11 17 .231 0
Bobby Bonds, RF,DH 26 90 8 25 4 0 2 8 10 10 .278 6
Thad Bosley, OF 66 219 25 59 5 1 2 13 13 32 .269 12
Jim Breazeale, 1B,DH 25 72 8 15 3 0 3 13 8 10 .208 0
Harry Chappas, SS 20 75 11 20 1 0 0 6 6 11 .267 1
Mike Colbern, C 48 141 11 38 5 1 2 20 1 36 .270 0
Henry Cruz, OF 53 77 13 17 2 1 2 10 8 11 .221 0
Mike Eden, SS,2B 10 17 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 .118 0
Marv Foley, C 11 34 3 12 0 0 0 6 4 6 .353 0
Ralph Garr, LF,DH 118 443 67 122 18 9 3 29 24 41 .275 7
Joe Gates, 2B 8 24 6 6 0 0 0 1 4 6 .250 1
Lamar Johnson, 1B,DH 148 498 52 136 23 2 8 72 43 46 .273 6
Larry Johnson, C,DH 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 .125 0
Don Kessinger, SS,2B 131 431 35 110 18 1 1 31 36 34 .255 2
Chet Lemon, CF,RF,DH 105 357 51 107 24 6 13 55 39 46 .300 5
Bob Molinaro, OF,DH 105 286 39 75 5 5 6 27 19 12 .262 22
Junior Moore, DH,3B,LF 24 65 8 19 0 1 0 4 6 7 .292 1
Bill Nahorodny, C,1B,DH 107 347 29 82 11 2 8 35 23 52 .236 1
Wayne Nordhagen, DH,RF,LF,C 68 206 28 62 16 0 5 35 5 18 .301 0
Jorge Orta, 2B 117 420 45 115 19 2 13 53 42 39 .274 1
Greg Pryor, 2B,SS,3B 82 222 27 58 11 0 2 15 11 18 .261 3
Ron Schueler, PR 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Eric Soderholm, 3B,DH 143 457 57 118 17 1 20 67 39 44 .258 2
Tom Spencer, OF 29 65 3 12 1 0 0 4 2 9 .185 0
Mike Squires, 1B 46 150 25 42 9 2 0 19 16 21 .280 4
Rusty Torres, OF 16 44 7 14 3 0 3 6 6 7 .318 0
Claudell Washington, OF 86 314 33 83 16 5 6 31 12 57 .264 5
Team totals
161 5393 634 1423 221 41 106 595 409 625 .264 83

Pitching[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB K
Francisco Barrios 9 15 4.05 33 32 0 195.2 180 93 88 13 87 79
Ross Baumgarten 2 2 5.87 7 4 0 23.0 29 15 15 3 9 15
Britt Burns 0 2 12.91 2 2 0 7.2 14 12 11 2 3 3
Rich Hinton 2 6 4.02 29 4 1 80.2 78 38 36 5 30 48
Ken Kravec 11 16 4.08 30 30 0 203.0 188 104 92 22 96 154
Jack Kucek 2 3 3.29 10 5 1 52.0 42 23 19 5 29 30
Lerrin LaGrow 6 5 4.40 52 0 16 88.0 85 47 43 9 38 41
Mike Proly 5 2 2.74 16 6 1 65.2 63 24 20 4 12 19
Ron Schueler 3 5 4.30 30 7 0 81.2 76 50 39 10 41 39
Steve Stone 12 12 4.37 30 30 0 212.0 196 110 103 19 85 118
Pablo Torrealba 2 4 4.71 25 3 1 57.1 69 37 30 6 44 23
Steve Trout 3 0 4.03 4 3 0 22.1 19 10 10 0 11 11
Jim Willoughby 1 6 3.86 59 0 13 93.1 95 41 40 6 21 36
Wilbur Wood 10 10 5.20 28 27 0 168.0 187 103 97 23 75 69
Rich Wortham 3 2 3.05 8 8 0 59.0 59 24 20 1 23 25
Team totals
71 90 4.21 161 161 33 1409.1 1380 731 660 128 604 710

Awards and honors[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Oaks American Association Joe Sparks
AA Knoxville Knox Sox Southern League Tony LaRussa and Joe Jones
A Appleton Foxes Midwest League Gordon Lund

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Knoxville, Appleton[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rich Hinton page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Richard Dotson page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Royle Stillman page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Bob Coluccio page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Guy Hoffman page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ "Britt Burns career stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ Gary Gaetti page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997

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