1978 Boston Red Sox season
|1978 Boston Red Sox|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Buddy LeRoux, Haywood Sullivan, Jean Yawkey|
|General manager(s)||Haywood Sullivan|
|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 the 78th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League (AL) with a record of 99 wins and 64 losses, including the loss of a one-game playoff to the New York Yankees after both teams had finished the regular season with identical 99–63 records.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 AL East tie-breaker game
- 5 Awards and honors
- 6 Farm system
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 Further reading
- 10 External links
- November 23, 1977: Mike Torrez was signed as a free agent by the Boston Red Sox.
- December 8, 1977: Don Aase and cash were traded by the Red Sox to the California Angels for Jerry Remy.
- December 27, 1977: Dick Drago was signed as a free agent by the Red Sox.
- March 28, 1978: Denny Doyle was released by the Red Sox.
- March 30, 1978: Rick Wise, Mike Paxton, Ted Cox, and Bo Díaz were traded by the Red Sox to the Cleveland Indians for Dennis Eckersley and Fred Kendall.
|New York Yankees||100||63||0.613||—||55–26||45–37|
|Boston Red Sox||99||64||0.607||1||59–23||40–41|
|Toronto Blue Jays||59||102||0.366||40||37–44||22–58|
Record vs. opponents
1978 American League Records
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Opening Day lineup
The "Boston Massacre"
The Red Sox at one point in July, held a 14-game lead over their rival New York. However, the Yankees worked their way back. The Yankees held a one game lead over the Red Sox before the final game of the season. With a Red Sox win and a Yankee loss, both teams finished the season tied for the AL Eastern Division title.
The next day, in a one-game playoff, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-4 with the help of a home run by Bucky Dent. The Yankees 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.
|1978 Boston Red Sox|
Starters by position
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|
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
Note: G = Games pitched; CG = Complete games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Walks allowed; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
AL East tie-breaker game
|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)|
NYY: Bucky Dent, Reggie Jackson
BOS: Carl Yastrzemski
Awards and honors
- Dwight Evans – Gold Glove Award (OF)
- Fred Lynn – Gold Glove Award (OF)
- Jim Rice – American League Most Valuable Player, AL Player of the Month (May, August)
- Jim Rice, American League leader, Hits (213)
- Jim Rice, American League leader, Home runs (46)
- Jim Rice, American League leader, RBIs (139)
- Rick Burleson, reserve SS (did not attend)
- Dwight Evans, reserve OF
- Carlton Fisk, starting C
- Fred Lynn, reserve OF (started CF)
- Jerry Remy, reserve 2B
- Jim Rice, starting LF
- Carl Yastrzemski, reserve OF (did not attend)
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bristol
- "New York Yankees 5, Boston Red Sox 4". Retrosheet. October 2, 1978.
- Mike Torrez page at Baseball Reference
- Don Aase page at Baseball Reference
- Dick Drago page at Baseball Reference
- Denny Doyle page at Baseball Reference
- Dennis Eckersley page at Baseball Reference
- Bob Ojeda page at Baseball Reference
- Cafardo, Nick (June 7, 1990). "Dent Dumped by Yankees". The Boston Globe. p. 37.
- Shaughnessy, Dan (June 7, 1990). "His Back Was Against the Wall". The Boston Globe. p. 37.
- 1978 Boston Red Sox Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
- 1978 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
- 1978 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com
- "1978 The Denting of the Red Sox". This Great Game. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
- Finn, Chad (September 27, 2018). "SI film finds something heroic about the ill-fated 1978 Red Sox". Boston.com. Retrieved September 27, 2018.