1978 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1978 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 69–93 (.426)
Divisional place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
Manager(s) Vern Rapp, Jack Krol and Ken Boyer
Local television KSD-TV
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph, Bob Starr)
Local radio KMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Bob Starr)
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The 1978 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 97th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 87th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 69-93 during the season and finished fifth in the National League East, 21 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

In late April, the Cardinals fired manager Vern Rapp, who had started at 7-11. He was briefly replaced by coach Jack Krol for two games (1-1) before giving the job on a permanent basis to their former MVP third-baseman Ken Boyer, who went 61-81 the rest of the way.

On June 16, Tom Seaver of the Cincinnati Reds made history by pitching a no-hitter against the Cardinals. It would be the only no-hitter of his career.

First baseman Keith Hernandez won a Gold Glove.

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 starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1978 St. Louis Cardinals
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
1B Hernandez, KeithKeith Hernandez 159 542 138 .255 11 64
3B Reitz, KenKen Reitz 150 540 133 .246 10 75
LF Brock, LouLou Brock 92 298 66 .221 0 12
CF Hendrick, GeorgeGeorge Hendrick 102 382 110 .288 17 67
RF Morales, JerryJerry Morales 130 457 109 .239 4 46

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
Phillips, MikeMike Phillips 76 164 44 .268 1 28
Swisher, SteveSteve Swisher 45 115 32 .278 1 10
Freed, RogerRoger Freed 52 92 22 .239 2 20
Dwyer, JimJim Dwyer 34 65 14 .215 1 4
Lentine, JimJim Lentine 8 11 2 .182 0 1
Tamargo, JohnJohn Tamargo 6 6 0 .000 0 0
Coluccio, BobBob Coluccio 5 3 0 .000 0 0

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
Denny, JohnJohn Denny 33 234 14 11 2.96 103
Forsch, BobBob Forsch 34 233.2 11 17 3.70 114
Martínez, SilvioSilvio Martínez 22 138.1 9 8 3.64 45
Falcone, PetePete Falcone 19 75 2 7 5.76 28
Rasmussen, EricEric Rasmussen 10 60.1 2 5 4.18 32

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
Bruno, TomTom Bruno 18 49.2 4 3 1.99 33
Dressler, RobRob Dressler 3 13 0 1 2.08 4

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
Thomas, RoyRoy Thomas 16 1 1 3 3.81 16
Frazier, GeorgeGeorge Frazier 14 0 3 0 4.09 8
Hamilton, DaveDave Hamilton 13 0 0 0 6.43 8

Awards and records[edit]

League leaders[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Springfield Redbirds American Association Jimy Williams
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Tommy Thompson
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Hal Lanier
A Gastonia Cardinals Western Carolinas League Buzzy Keller
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Nick Leyva
Rookie Calgary Cardinals Pioneer League Johnny Lewis

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References[edit]

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