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1978 Boston Red Sox season

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 14 game lead.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 100 63 .613 --
Boston Red Sox 99 64 .607 1
Milwaukee Brewers 93 69 .574 6.5
Baltimore Orioles 90 71 .559 9
Detroit Tigers 86 76 .531 13.5
Cleveland Indians 69 90 .434 29
Toronto Blue Jays 59 102 .366 40


Notable transactions

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

Opening Day lineup

  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"

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

1978 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

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
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

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

Starting pitchers

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

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

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

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

  • Jim Rice, OF, American League Most Valuable Player

League leaders

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

All-Stars

All-Star Game

Farm system

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
Short-Season A Elmira Red Sox New York-Penn League Dick Berardino

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bristol

Notes

References

  • 1978 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1978 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com
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