1978 Boston Red Sox season

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1978 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Buddy LeRoux, Haywood Sullivan, Jean Yawkey
General manager(s) Haywood Sullivan
Manager(s) Don Zimmer
Local television WSBK-TV, Ch. 38
(Dick Stockton, Ken Harrelson)
Local radio WITS-AM 1510
(Ned Martin, Jim Woods)
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The 1978 Boston Red Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing second in the American League East with a record of 99 wins and 64 losses, after at one point having a 10-game lead.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 100 63 0.613 55–26 45–37
Boston Red Sox 99 64 0.607 1 59–23 40–41
Milwaukee Brewers 93 69 0.574 54–27 39–42
Baltimore Orioles 90 71 0.559 9 51–30 39–41
Detroit Tigers 86 76 0.531 13½ 47–34 39–42
Cleveland Indians 69 90 0.434 29 42–36 27–54
Toronto Blue Jays 59 102 0.366 40 37–44 22–58


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1978 American League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 7–8 4–6 8–1 9–6 7–8 2–8 7–8 5–5 6–9 11–0 9–1 7–4 8–7
Boston 8–7 9–2 7–3 7–8 12–3 4–6 10–5 9–2 7–9 5–5 7–3 3–7 11–4
California 6–4 2–9 8–7 6–4 4–7 9–6 5–5 12–3 5–5 9–6 9–6 5–10 7–3
Chicago 1–8 3–7 7–8 8–2 2–9 8–7 4–7 8–7 1–9 7–8 7–8 11–4 4–6
Cleveland 6–9 8–7 4–6 2–8 5–10 5–6 5–10 5–5 6–9 4–6 8–1 1–9 10–4
Detroit 8–7 3–12 7–4 9–2 10–5 4–6 7–8 4–6 4–11 6–4 8–2 7–3 9–6
Kansas City 8–2 6–4 6–9 7–8 6–5 6–4 6–4 7–8 6–5 10–5 12–3 7–8 5–5
Milwaukee 8–7 5–10 5–5 7–4 10–5 8–7 4–6 4–7 10–5 9–1 5–5 6–4 12–3
Minnesota 5–5 2–9 3–12 7–8 5–5 6–4 8–7 7–4 3–7 9–6 6–9 6–9 6–4
New York 9–6 9–7 5–5 9–1 9–6 11–4 5–6 5–10 7–3 8–2 6–5 6–4 11–4
Oakland 0–11 5–5 6–9 8–7 6–4 4–6 5–10 1–9 6–9 2–8 13–2 6–9 7–4
Seattle 1–9 3–7 6–9 8–7 1–8 2–8 3–12 5–5 9–6 5–6 2–13 3–12 8–2
Texas 4–7 7–3 10–5 4–11 9–1 3–7 8–7 4–6 9–6 4–6 9–6 12–3 4–7
Toronto 7–8 4–11 3–7 6–4 4–10 6–9 5–5 3–12 4–6 4–11 4–7 2–8 7–4


Notable transactions[edit]

  • May 20, 1978: Bob Ojeda was signed as an amateur free agent by the Red Sox.[6]

Opening Day lineup[edit]

  2 Jerry Remy 2B
  7 Rick Burleson SS
14 Jim Rice DH
  8 Carl Yastrzemski     LF
27 Carlton Fisk C
19 Fred Lynn CF
15 George Scott 1B
24 Dwight Evans RF
  4 Butch Hobson 3B
21 Mike Torrez P

The "Boston Massacre"[edit]

Boston at one point in July held a 14-game lead over rival New York. However, after working their way back capped by a 4-game sweep at Fenway, the Yanks tied the division. Then, in a one-game playoff, the Yanks won 5-4 with the help of a home run by Bucky Dent.[7] The Yanks went on to win the World Series in 6 games over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although Dent became a Red Sox demon, the Red Sox would get retribution in 1990 when the Yankees fired Dent as their manager during a series at Fenway Park.[7][8]

Roster[edit]

1978 Boston Red Sox
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; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

= Indicates team leader
Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Fisk, CarltonCarlton Fisk 157 571 94 162 .284 20 88 7
1B Scott, GeorgeGeorge Scott 120 412 51 96 .233 12 54 1
2B Remy, JerryJerry Remy 148 583 87 162 .278 2 44 30
3B Hobson, ButchButch Hobson 147 512 65 128 .250 17 80 1
SS Burleson, RickRick Burleson 145 626 75 155 .248 5 49 8
LF Rice, JimJim Rice 163 677 121 213 .315 46 139 7
CF Lynn, FredFred Lynn 150 541 75 161 .298 22 82 3
RF Evans, DwightDwight Evans 147 497 75 123 .247 24 63 8
DH Bailey, BobBob Bailey 43 94 12 18 .191 4 9 2

[9]

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Yastrzemski, CarlCarl Yastrzemski 144 523 70 145 .277 17 81 4
Brohamer, JackJack Brohamer 81 244 34 57 .234 1 25 1
Duffy, FrankFrank Duffy 64 104 12 27 .260 0 4 1
Hancock, GarryGarry Hancock 38 80 10 18 .225 0 4 0
Carbo, BernieBernie Carbo 17 46 7 12 .261 1 6 1
Kendall, FredFred Kendall 20 41 3 8 .195 0 4 0
Montgomery, BobBob Montgomery 10 29 2 7 .241 0 5 0
Bowen, SamSam Bowen 6 7 3 1 .143 1 1 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; CG = Complete games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts

Player G CG IP W L ERA BB SO
Eckersley, DennisDennis Eckersley 35 16 268.1 20 8 2.99 71 162
Torrez, MikeMike Torrez 36 15 250 16 13 3.96 99 120
Tiant, LuisLuis Tiant 32 12 212.1 13 8 3.31 57 114
Lee, BillBill Lee 28 8 177 10 10 3.46 59 44
Ripley, AllenAllen Ripley 15 1 73 2 5 5.55 22 26
Sprowl, BobbyBobby Sprowl 3 0 12.2 0 2 6.39 10 10

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA BB SO
Wright, JimJim Wright 24 116 8 4 3.57 24 56
Hassler, AndyAndy Hassler 13 30 2 1 3.00 13 23

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
Stanley, BobBob Stanley 52 15 2 10 2.60 38
Drago, DickDick Drago 37 4 4 7 3.03 42
Burgmeier, TomTom Burgmeier 35 2 1 4 4.40 24
Campbell, BillBill Campbell 29 7 5 4 3.91 47
LaRose, JohnJohn LaRose 1 0 0 0 22.50 3
Cleveland, ReggieReggie Cleveland 1 0 1 0 0.00 0

AL East tie-breaker game[edit]

October 2, 1978 at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 5 8 0
Boston Red Sox 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 4 11 0
WP: Ron Guidry (25-3)   LP: Mike Torrez (16-13)   Sv: Goose Gossage (27)
Home runs:
NYY: Bucky Dent, Reggie Jackson
BOS: Carl Yastrzemski

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Jim Rice, OF, American League Most Valuable Player

League leaders[edit]

  • Jim Rice, American League leader, Hits (213)
  • Jim Rice, American League leader, Home runs (46)
  • Jim Rice, American League leader, RBIs (139)

All-Stars[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Joe Morgan
AA Bristol Red Sox Eastern League Tony Torchia
A Winston-Salem Red Sox Carolina League Bill Slack
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Rac Slider
A-Short Season Elmira Red Sox New York–Penn League Dick Berardino

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bristol

Notes[edit]

References[edit]