1978 Boston Red Sox season

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[1] after both teams had finished the regular season with identical 99–63 records.

1978 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Buddy LeRoux, Haywood Sullivan, Jean Yawkey
General manager(s)Haywood Sullivan
Manager(s)Don Zimmer
Local televisionWSBK-TV, Ch. 38
(Dick Stockton, Ken Harrelson)
Local radioWITS-AM 1510
(Ned Martin, Jim Woods)
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Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 100 63 0.613 55–26 45–37
Boston Red Sox 99 64 0.607 1 59–23 40–41
Milwaukee Brewers 93 69 0.574 54–27 39–42
Baltimore Orioles 90 71 0.559 9 51–30 39–41
Detroit Tigers 86 76 0.531 13½ 47–34 39–42
Cleveland Indians 69 90 0.434 29 42–36 27–54
Toronto Blue Jays 59 102 0.366 40 37–44 22–58

Record vs. opponents

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 transactions

  • May 20, 1978: Bob Ojeda was signed as an amateur free agent by the Red Sox.[7]

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"

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. By September 7, the Yankees had whittled down the 14-game deficit to only four games, just in time for a four-game series at Fenway Park in Boston. The Yankees won all four games in the series by a combined score of 42–9. This series became known as the "Boston Massacre.

"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.[8] 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.[8][9]

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 Carlton Fisk 157 571 94 162 .284 20 88 7
1B George Scott 120 412 51 96 .233 12 54 1
2B Jerry Remy 148 583 87 162 .278 2 44 30
3B Butch Hobson 147 512 65 128 .250 17 80 1
SS Rick Burleson 145 626 75 155 .248 5 49 8
LF Jim Rice 163 677 121 213 .315 46 139 7
CF Fred Lynn 150 541 75 161 .298 22 82 3
RF Dwight Evans 147 497 75 123 .247 24 63 8
DH Bob Bailey 43 94 12 18 .191 4 9 2

[10]

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
Carl Yastrzemski 144 523 70 145 .277 17 81 4
Jack Brohamer 81 244 34 57 .234 1 25 1
Frank Duffy 64 104 12 27 .260 0 4 1
Garry Hancock 38 80 10 18 .225 0 4 0
Bernie Carbo 17 46 7 12 .261 1 6 1
Fred Kendall 20 41 3 8 .195 0 4 0
Bob Montgomery 10 29 2 7 .241 0 5 0
Sam 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
Dennis Eckersley 35 16 268.1 20 8 2.99 71 162
Mike Torrez 36 15 250 16 13 3.96 99 120
Luis Tiant 32 12 212.1 13 8 3.31 57 114
Bill Lee 28 8 177 10 10 3.46 59 44
Allen Ripley 15 1 73 2 5 5.55 22 26
Bobby 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
Jim Wright 24 116 8 4 3.57 24 56
Andy 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
Bob Stanley 52 15 2 10 2.60 38
Dick Drago 37 4 4 7 3.03 42
Tom Burgmeier 35 2 1 4 4.40 24
Bill Campbell 29 7 5 4 3.91 47
John LaRose 1 0 0 0 22.50 3
Reggie 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

Awards
Accomplishments
  • Jim Rice, American League leader, Hits (213)
  • Jim Rice, American League leader, Home runs (46)
  • Jim Rice, American League leader, RBIs (139)
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
A-Short Season Elmira Red Sox New York–Penn League Dick Berardino

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bristol

Notes

  1. ^ "New York Yankees 5, Boston Red Sox 4". Retrosheet. October 2, 1978.
  2. ^ Mike Torrez page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Don Aase page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Dick Drago page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Denny Doyle page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Dennis Eckersley page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Bob Ojeda page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ a b Cafardo, Nick (June 7, 1990). "Dent Dumped by Yankees". The Boston Globe. p. 37.
  9. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (June 7, 1990). "His Back Was Against the Wall". The Boston Globe. p. 37.
  10. ^ 1978 Boston Red Sox Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com

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