1978 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1978 Los Angeles Dodgers
National League Champions
National League West champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Walter O'Malley
General manager(s) Al Campanis
Manager(s) Tommy Lasorda
Local television KTTV (11)
Local radio KABC
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett, Ross Porter
XEGM
Jaime Jarrín, Rudy Hoyos
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The 1978 season ended with the Los Angeles Dodgers winning their second straight National League pennant and losing to the New York Yankees in the World Series again. Dodger coach Jim Gilliam died at the end of the season and his uniform number was retired by the team prior to Game 1 of the World Series.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 -- .586
Cincinnati Reds 92 69 2.5 .571
San Francisco Giants 89 73 6 .549
San Diego Padres 84 78 11 .519
Houston Astros 74 88 21 .457
Atlanta Braves 69 93 26 .426

Opening day lineup[edit]

Opening Day starters
Name Position
Davey Lopes Second baseman
Bill Russell Shortstop
Reggie Smith Rightfielder
Ron Cey Third baseman
Steve Garvey First baseman
Dusty Baker Leftfielder
Rick Monday Centerfielder
Steve Yeager Catcher
Don Sutton Starting Pitcher

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1978 Los Angeles Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
2B Lopes, DaveyDavey Lopes 151 587 163 .278 17 58
3B Cey, RonRon Cey 159 555 150 .270 23 84
SS Russell, BillBill Russell 155 625 179 .286 3 46
RF Smith, ReggieReggie Smith 128 447 132 .295 29 93

Other batters[edit]

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

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Forster, TerryTerry Forster 47 5 4 22 1.93 46
Castillo, BobbyBobby Castillo 18 0 4 1 3.97 30
Garman, MikeMike Garman 10 0 1 0 4.41 5

Postseason[edit]

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Jim Gilliam's number 19 was retired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1978.

1978 National League Championship Series[edit]

The Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3 games to 1 in the NLCS.

Game 1[edit]

October 4, Veterans Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 4 2 1 1 0 0 1 9 13 1
Philadelphia 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 5 12 1
W: Bob Welch (1-0)  L: Larry Christenson (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: PHIJerry Martin (1)   LADSteve Garvey 2 (2)   Davey Lopes (1)   Steve Yeager (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 5, Veterans Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 8 0
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
W: Tommy John (1-0)  L: Dick Ruthven (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: PHI – None   LADDavey Lopes (2)

Game 3[edit]

October 6, Dodger Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 4 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 9 11 1
Los Angeles 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 8 2
W: Steve Carlton (1-0)  L: Don Sutton (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: PHISteve Carlton (1), Greg Luzinski (1); LADSteve Garvey (3)

Game 4[edit]

October 7, Dodger Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 8 2
Los Angeles 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 13 0
W: Terry Forster (1-0)  L: Tug McGraw (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: PHIGreg Luzinski (2), Bake McBride (1); LADRon Cey (1)   Steve Garvey (4)

1978 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1978 World Series

The Dodgers again lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series.

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Los Angeles Dodgers (2)

Game 1[edit]

Tuesday, October 10, 1978 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 5 9 1
Los Angeles 0 3 0 3 1 0 3 1 X 11 15 2
WP: Tommy John (1–0)   LP: Ed Figueroa (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Reggie Jackson (1)
LAD: Dusty Baker (1), Davey Lopes 2 (2)

Game 2[edit]

Wednesday, October 11, 1978 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 11 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 X 4 7 0
WP: Burt Hooton (1–0)   LP: Catfish Hunter (0–1)   Sv: Bob Welch (1)
Home runs:
NYY: None
LAD: Ron Cey (1)

Game 3[edit]

Friday, October 13, 1978 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
New York 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 X 5 10 1
WP: Ron Guidry (1–0)   LP: Don Sutton (0–1)
Home runs:
LAD: None
NYY: Roy White (1)

Game 4[edit]

Saturday, October 14, 1978 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
New York 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 4 9 0
WP: Goose Gossage (1–0)   LP: Bob Welch (0–1)
Home runs:
LAD: Reggie Smith (1)
NYY: None

Game 5[edit]

Sunday, October 15, 1978 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 3
New York 0 0 4 3 0 0 4 1 X 12 18 0
WP: Jim Beattie (1–0)   LP: Burt Hooton (1–1)

Game 6[edit]

Tuesday, October 17, 1978 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 3 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 7 11 0
Los Angeles 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
WP: Catfish Hunter (1–1)   LP: Don Sutton (0–2)
Home runs:
NYY: Reggie Jackson (2)
LAD: Davey Lopes (3)

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

Postseason[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League Del Crandall
AA San Antonio Dodgers Texas League Don LeJohn
A Lodi Dodgers California League Stan Wasiak
A Clinton Dodgers Midwest League Dick McLaughlin
Rookie Lethbridge Dodgers Pioneer League Jim Lefebvre

Teams in BOLD won League Championships

Major League Baseball Draft[edit]

The Dodgers drafted 35 players in the June draft and 12 in the January draft. Of those, seven players would eventually play in the Major Leagues.

The Dodgers did not have a first round pick this year in the June draft as their pick was given to the Pittsburgh Pirates as compensation for their signing of Free Agent pitcher Terry Forster. In the second round, they selected SS Clay Smith from Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Smith played in the Dodgers farm system through 1981, hitting .271 in 277 games in the rookie leagues and class-A before he was released.

This draft netted the Dodgers two key players for their championship teams of the 1980s. They drafted Mike Marshall in the 6th round and Steve Sax in the 9th. Marshall would hit 148 homers in 11 seasons and made the All-Star team in 1984 while playing both the outfield and first base. Sax played 14 seasons (8 of them with the Dodgers) and hit .281 with 444 steals. The Dodgers starting second baseman for most of the 1980s, he was the 1982 NL Rookie of the Year and a five time All-Star.

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