1978 St. Louis Cardinals season
|1978 St. Louis Cardinals|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||August "Gussie" Busch|
|Manager(s)||Vern Rapp, Jack Krol and Ken Boyer|
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph, Bob Starr)
(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.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Awards and records
- 5 Farm system
- 6 References
- 7 External links
- October 25, 1977: The Cardinals traded a player to be named later to the San Francisco Giants for Frank Riccelli. The Cardinals completed the deal by sending Jim Dwyer to the Giants on June 15, 1978.
- December 8, 1977: Dave Rader and Héctor Cruz were traded by the Cardinals to the Chicago Cubs for Jerry Morales, Steve Swisher, and cash.
- February 2, 1978: Ken Rudolph was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals.
- March 15, 1978: Rick Bosetti was traded by the Cardinals to the Toronto Blue Jays for Tom Bruno and cash.
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.
|St. Louis Cardinals||69||93||.426||21|
|New York Mets||66||96||.407||24|
Opening Day starters
- Lou Brock
- John Denny
- Keith Hernandez
- Jerry Morales
- Ken Reitz
- Tony Scott
- Ted Simmons
- Garry Templeton
- Mike Tyson
- May 26, 1978: Eric Rasmussen was traded by the Cardinals to the San Diego Padres for George Hendrick.
- June 8, 1978: Frank Riccelli was traded by the Cardinals to the Houston Astros for Bob Coluccio.
- July 18, 1978: John Tamargo was traded by the Cardinals to the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later. The Giants completed the deal by sending Rob Dressler to the Cardinals on July 24.
|1978 St. Louis Cardinals|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|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|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|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|
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|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|
|Bruno, TomTom Bruno||18||49.2||4||3||1.99||33|
|Dressler, RobRob Dressler||3||13||0||1||2.08||4|
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|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
- Garry Templeton, National League leader, Triples
- Frank Riccelli page at Baseball Reference
- Dave Rader page at Baseball Reference
- Ken Rudolph page at Baseball Reference
- Rick Bosetti page at Baseball Reference
- Eric Rasmussen page at Baseball Reference
- John Tamargo page at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007