1978 Montreal Expos season

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1978 Montreal Expos
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Charles Bronfman
Manager(s) Dick Williams
Local television CBC Television
(Dave Van Horne, Duke Snider)
Télévision de Radio-Canada
(Jean-Pierre Roy, Guy Ferron)
Local radio CFCF (English)
(Dave Van Horne, Duke Snider)
CKAC (French)
(Claude Raymond, Jacques Doucet)
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The 1978 Montreal Expos season was the tenth in franchise history. The team finished fourth in the National League East with a record of 76-86, 14 games behind the first-place Philadelphia Phillies.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

During the season, Ross Grimsley became the last pitcher to win at least 20 games in one season for the Expos.[6]

Highlights[edit]

  • May 5, 1978: Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds became the 13th and youngest player in major league history to collect his 3,000th career hit with a single off Expos pitcher Steve Rogers.
  • July 20, 1978: Shortstop Chris Speier (hitting in the number eight slot) hit for the cycle at Olympic Stadium in Montreal in front of a crowd of 14,108. Speier is the second in Expos history to hit for the cycle. Pitcher Woodie Fryman picked up the victory. Coincidentally, Fryman also got the victory when Expos shortstop Tim Foli hit for the cycle in 1976.
  • July 30, 1978: The Expos set a team record (never broken while the team was in Montreal) in hits in a game when they picked up 28 as they beat the Atlanta Braves by a score of 19 to nothing. Andre Dawson, Larry Parrish, and Gary Carter led the way with 4 hits each. A crowd of 10,834 was on hand at Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium. Pitcher Woodie Fryman picked up the victory.

First Pearson Cup[edit]

The Pearson Cup was an annual mid-season exhibition between former Canadian rivals, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Expos. Named after former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, it was originally created to raise money for minor league baseball in Canada. In later years, it was incorporated into the interleague baseball schedule.

The series began in 1978, and Canadian Bill Atkinson was the winning pitcher and scored the winning run for the Expos in the first-ever Pearson Cup game at the Olympic Stadium on June 29.[citation needed]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
Philadelphia Phillies 90 72 .556 --
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 73 .547 1.5
Chicago Cubs 79 83 .488 11
Montreal Expos 76 86 .469 14
St. Louis Cardinals 69 93 .426 21
New York Mets 66 96 .407 24

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1978 Montreal Expos
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
C Carter, GaryGary Carter 157 533 136 .255 20 72
2B Cash, DaveDave Cash 159 658 166 .252 3 43

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
Hutton, TommyTommy Hutton 39 59 12 .203 0 5
Mejías, SamSam Mejías 67 56 13 .232 0 6
Frías, PepePepe Frías 73 15 4 .267 0 5

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
Grimsley, RossRoss Grimsley 36 263 20 11 3.05 84
Rogers, SteveSteve Rogers 30 219 13 10 2.47 126
May, RudyRudy May 27 144 8 10 3.88 87
Fryman, WoodieWoodie Fryman 19 94.2 5 7 3.61 53

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
Palmer, DavidDavid Palmer 5 9.2 0 1 2.79 7

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
Knowles, DaroldDarold Knowles 60 3 3 6 2.38 34
Atkinson, BillBill Atkinson 29 2 2 3 4.37 32
Bahnsen, StanStan Bahnsen 44 1 5 7 3.84 44
Miller, RandyRandy Miller 5 0 1 0 10.29 6
Mejías, SamSam Mejías 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

1978 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Denver Bears American Association Doc Edwards
AA Memphis Chicks Southern League Felipe Alou
A West Palm Beach Expos Florida State League Larry Bearnarth
Short-Season A Jamestown Expos New York-Penn League Pat Daugherty

Notes[edit]

References[edit]