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The 1978 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing first in the American League West with a record of 92 wins and 70 losses. The team went on to lose in the 1978 American League Championship Series to the New York Yankees, 3 games to 1.

1978 Kansas City Royals
1978 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Ewing Kauffman
General manager(s)Joe Burke
Manager(s)Whitey Herzog
Local televisionKBMA
(Steve Shannon)
Local radioWIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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Contents

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 92 70 0.568 56–25 36–45
Texas Rangers 87 75 0.537 5 52–30 35–45
California Angels 87 75 0.537 5 50–31 37–44
Minnesota Twins 73 89 0.451 19 38–43 35–46
Chicago White Sox 71 90 0.441 20½ 38–42 33–48
Oakland Athletics 69 93 0.426 23 38–42 31–51
Seattle Mariners 56 104 0.350 35 32–49 24–55

Record vs. opponentsEdit

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 transactionsEdit

Draft picksEdit

RosterEdit

1978 Kansas City Royals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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
C Darrell Porter 150 520 138 .265 18 78
1B Pete LaCock 118 322 95 .295 5 48
2B Frank White 143 461 127 275 7 50
3B George Brett 128 510 150 .294 9 62
SS Freddie Patek 138 440 109 .248 2 46
LF Willie Wilson 127 198 43 .217 0 16
CF Amos Otis 141 486 145 .298 22 96
RF Al Cowens 132 485 133 .274 5 63
DH Hal McRae 156 623 170 .273 16 72

Other battersEdit

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
Clint Hurdle 133 417 110 .264 7 56
Tom Poquette 80 204 44 .216 4 30
John Wathan 67 190 57 .300 2 28
Steve Braun 64 137 36 .263 0 14
Jerry Terrell 73 133 27 .203 0 8
U L Washington 69 129 34 .264 0 9
Joe Zdeb 60 127 32 .252 0 11
Jamie Quirk 17 29 6 .207 0 2
Joe Lahoud 13 16 2 .125 0 0
Art Kusnyer 9 13 3 .231 1 2
Luis Silverio 8 11 6 .545 0 3
Dave Cripe 7 13 2 .154 0 1
Jim Gaudet 3 8 0 .000 0 0
Randy Bass 2 2 0 .000 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dennis Leonard 40 294.2 21 17 3.33 183
Paul Splittorff 39 262 19 13 3.40 76
Larry Gura 35 221.2 16 4 2.72 81
Rich Gale 31 192.1 14 8 3.09 88
Andy Hassler 11 58.1 1 4 4.32 26

Other pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Doug Bird 40 98.2 6 6 5.29 48
Marty Pattin 32 78.2 3 3 3.32 30
Andy Hassler 11 58.1 1 4 4.32 26
Jim Colborn 8 28.1 1 2 4.76 8
Steve Busby 7 21.1 1 0 7.59 10

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Al Hrabosky 58 8 7 20 2.88 60
Steve Mingori 45 1 4 7 2.74 28
Randy McGilberry 18 0 1 0 4.21 12
Steve Foucault 3 0 0 0 3.86 0
Bill Paschall 2 0 1 1 3.38 5
George Throop 1 1 0 0 0.00 2

ALCSEdit

Game 1Edit

October 3: Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 0 7 16 0
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 2
W: Jim Beattie (1-0)  L: Dennis Leonard (0-1)  S: Ken Clay (1)
HRs: NYYReggie Jackson (1)

Game 2Edit

October 4: Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 12 1
Kansas City 1 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 X 10 16 1
W: Larry Gura (1-0)  L: Ed Figueroa (0-1)
HRs: KCRFreddie Patek (1)

Game 3Edit

October 6: Yankee Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 5 10 1
New York 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 2 X 6 10 0
W: Goose Gossage (1-0)  L: Doug Bird (0-1)
HRs: KCRGeorge Brett 3 (3)   NYYReggie Jackson (2) Thurman Munson (1)

Game 4Edit

October 7: Yankee Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
New York 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 2 4 0
W: Ron Guidry (1-0)  L: Dennis Leonard (0-2)  S: Goose Gossage (1)
HRs: NYYGraig Nettles (1) Roy White (1)

Farm systemEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ John Mayberry at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Gary Lance at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Jamie Quirk at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Jeff Cornell at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Frank Viola at Baseball Reference

ReferencesEdit

  • 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.

External linksEdit