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The 1978 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 97th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 87th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 69-93 during the season and finished fifth in the National League East, 21 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies.

1978 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record69–93 (.426)
Divisional place5th
Other information
Owner(s)August "Gussie" Busch
General manager(s)Bing Devine
Manager(s)Vern Rapp, Jack Krol, Ken Boyer
Local televisionKSD-TV
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph, Bob Starr)
Local radioKMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Bob Starr)
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OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

In late April, the Cardinals fired manager Vern Rapp, who had started at 7-11. He was briefly replaced by coach Jack Krol for two games (1-1) before giving the job on a permanent basis to their former MVP third-baseman Ken Boyer, who went 61-81 the rest of the way.

On June 16, Tom Seaver of the Cincinnati Reds made history by pitching a no-hitter against the Cardinals. It would be the only no-hitter of his career.

First baseman Keith Hernandez won a Gold Glove.

Season standingsEdit

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 90 72 0.556 54–28 36–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 73 0.547 55–26 33–47
Chicago Cubs 79 83 0.488 11 44–38 35–45
Montreal Expos 76 86 0.469 14 41–39 35–47
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

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7 6–12 8–10 5–13 5–7 6–6 8–4 2–10 8–10 11–7 5–7
Chicago 7–5 7–5 6–6 4–8 7–11 11–7 4–14 7–11 7–5 4–8 15–3
Cincinnati 12–6 5–7 11–7 9–9 8–4 7–5 7–5 4–7 9–9 12–6 8–4
Houston 10–8 6–6 7–11 7–11 6–6 7–5 6–6 4–8 8–10 6–12 7–5
Los Angeles 13–5 8–4 9–9 11–7 8–4 7–5 7–5 7–5 9–9 11–7 5–7
Montreal 7–5 11–7 4–8 6–6 4–8 8–10 9–9 7–11 6–6 5–7 9–9
New York 6–6 7–11 5–7 5–7 5–7 10–8 6–12 7–11 5–7 3–9 7–11
Philadelphia 4-8 14–4 5–7 6–6 5–7 9–9 12–6 11–7 8–4 6–6 10–8
Pittsburgh 10–2 11–7 7–4 8–4 5–7 11–7 11–7 7–11 5–7 4–8 9–9
San Diego 10–8 5–7 9–9 10–8 9–9 6–6 7–5 4–8 7–5 8–10 9–3
San Francisco 7–11 8–4 6–12 12–6 7–11 7–5 9–3 6–6 8–4 10–8 9–3
St. Louis 7–5 3–15 4–8 5–7 7–5 9–9 11–7 8–10 9–9 3–9 3–9


Opening Day startersEdit

Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1978 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
1B Keith Hernandez 159 542 138 .255 11 64
3B Ken Reitz 150 540 133 .246 10 75
LF Lou Brock 92 298 66 .221 0 12
CF George Hendrick 102 382 110 .288 17 67
RF Jerry Morales 130 457 109 .239 4 46

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
Mike Phillips 76 164 44 .268 1 28
Steve Swisher 45 115 32 .278 1 10
Roger Freed 52 92 22 .239 2 20
Jim Dwyer 34 65 14 .215 1 4
Jim Lentine 8 11 2 .182 0 1
John Tamargo 6 6 0 .000 0 0
Bob Coluccio 5 3 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
John Denny 33 234 14 11 2.96 103
Bob Forsch 34 233.2 11 17 3.70 114
Silvio Martínez 22 138.1 9 8 3.64 45
Pete Falcone 19 75 2 7 5.76 28
Eric Rasmussen 10 60.1 2 5 4.18 32

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
Tom Bruno 18 49.2 4 3 1.99 33
Rob Dressler 3 13 0 1 2.08 4

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
Roy Thomas 16 1 1 3 3.81 16
George Frazier 14 0 3 0 4.09 8
Dave Hamilton 13 0 0 0 6.43 8

Awards and recordsEdit

League leadersEdit

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit