1978 Philadelphia Phillies season
The 1978 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 96th season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies won their third straight National League East title with a record of 90-72, a game and a half over the Pittsburgh Pirates, as the Phillies defeated the Pirates in Pittsburgh on the next to last day of the season. For the third consecutive season the Phillies came up short in the NLCS, as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated them three games to one, as they had the previous season. The Phillies were managed by Danny Ozark and played their home games at Veterans Stadium.
|1978 Philadelphia Phillies|
|1978 National League East Championship|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||R. R. M. "Ruly" Carpenter III|
|General manager(s)||Paul Owens|
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)
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|St. Louis Cardinals||69||93||0.426||21||37–44||32–49|
|New York Mets||66||96||0.407||24||33–47||33–49|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1978 National League Records
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- April 23, 1978: Julio Franco was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent.
- June 14, 1978: Bobby Brown and Jay Johnstone were traded by the Phillies to the New York Yankees for Rawly Eastwick.
- June 30, 1978: Carmen Castillo was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent.
- September 2, 1978: Dan Warthen was traded by the Phillies to the Houston Astros for Dan Larson.
- September 14, 1978: Horacio Piña was purchased by the Phillies from the Rieleros de Aguascalientes.
- June 6, 1978: 1978 Major League Baseball draft
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The Phillie Phanatic debuted on April 25, 1978, at The Vet when the Phils played the Chicago Cubs. Tim McCarver introduced the Phanatic on the "Captain Noah and His Magical Ark" show on WPVI-TV in his role promoting the team. The Phanatic was originally portrayed by Dave Raymond.
|1978 game log (Overall Record: 90–72)|
|1978 Philadelphia Phillies|
|= Indicates team leader|
Starters by positionEdit
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
1978 National League Championship SeriesEdit
The Los Angeles Dodgers win the Series, 3 games to 1, over the Phillies.
|1||Los Angeles – 9, Philadelphia – 5||October 4||Veterans Stadium||63,460|
|2||Los Angeles – 4, Philadelphia – 0||October 5||Veterans Stadium||60,642|
|3||Philadelphia – 9, Los Angeles – 4||October 6||Dodger Stadium||55,043|
|4||Philadelphia – 3, Los Angeles – 4||October 7||Dodger Stadium||55,124|
Postseason game logEdit
|1978 Postseason game log (Overall Record: 1–3)|
National League Championship Series (1–3)
Awards and honorsEdit
- Denlinger, Ken (October 1, 1978). "Phils Sew It Up". Washington Post. p. D1.
- Denlinger, Ken (October 1, 1978). "Loud Sighs From Phillies Precede Popping of Corks". Washington Post. p. D2.
- George Bell at Baseball Reference
- Fred Andrews at Baseball Reference
- Julio Franco at Baseball Reference
- Bobby Brown at Baseball Reference
- Carmen Castillo at Baseball-Reference
- Dan Larson at Baseball Reference
- Horacio Piña at Baseball Reference
- Ed Hearn at Baseball Reference
- Ryne Sandberg at Baseball Reference
- Rick Leach at Baseball Reference
- MacDonald, Ian (April 12, 1978). "Expos get Carlton out of way as game in Philly postponed". The Gazette. Monteal, Quebec. p. 21. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- "Error call thrills Forsch, amazes Phillies". Miami, Florida: The Miami News. Associated Press (AP). April 17, 1978. p. 1B. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- MacDonald, Ian (April 21, 1978). "Forsch's tainted no-hitter casts doubt on how baseball's scoring rule applied". The Gazette. Montreal, Quebec. p. 21. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- Feeney, Charley (April 19, 1978). "Tanner's Gambling Luck All Bad". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 13. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- "Majors At A Glance". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 22, 1978. p. 12. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- "Majors At A Glance". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 9, 1978. p. 14. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- "Majors At A Glance". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 24, 1978. p. 40. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- "Majors At A Glance". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 22, 1978. p. 14. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- "Majors At A Glance". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 4, 1978. p. 42. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- Feeney, Charley (August 7, 1978). "Bucs Dead, Funeral Date Pending". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 11. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- "Expos-Phils rained on". The Gazette. Montreal, Quebec. September 22, 1978. p. 31. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- "Pennant Race". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 23, 1978. p. 9. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
...Sept 21 at Montreal, ppd., rain will be played [September 25] at Philadelphia with Montreal the home team[.]
- "Majors At A Glance". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. September 23, 1978. p. 13. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
- "Philadelphia Phillies 8, Houston Astros 5". retrosheet.org. May 18, 1978. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
Schmidt doubled to left; Johnstone singled to right [Schmidt to third]; Hebner popped to shortstop; Maddox popped to catcher in foul territory; Phillies manager Danny Ozark protested game because the umpires returned Jay Johnstone to 1B[.]
- "May 18, 1978, Phillies at Astros Box Score and Play by Play". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. May 18, 1978. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
- "1978 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule, Box Scores and Splits". Baseball-Reference.com.
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007