1978 St. Louis Cardinals season

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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Offseason

Regular season

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 standings

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. opponents

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 starters

Notable transactions

Roster

1978 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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 batters

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

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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 pitchers

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 pitchers

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 records

League leaders

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Springfield Redbirds American Association Jimy Williams
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Tommy Thompson
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Hal Lanier
A Gastonia Cardinals Western Carolinas League Buzzy Keller
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Nick Leyva
Rookie Calgary Cardinals Pioneer League Johnny Lewis

[8]

References

  1. ^ a b Frank Riccelli page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Dave Rader page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Ken Rudolph page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Rick Bosetti page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1978&t=SLN
  6. ^ Eric Rasmussen page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ John Tamargo page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External links

1978 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season

The 1978 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 59th year with the National Football League and the 19th season in St. Louis. The controversial recruitment of 62-year-old former Oklahoma Sooners coach Bud Wilkinson was a failure, as the team, already affected by becoming the first opponent team to lose visiting the expansion Buccaneers, failed to maintain the standard of the previous four seasons. The team lost its first eight games to be out of the running for the playoffs by midseason, and even a sequence of six wins in eight games failed to move the team beyond equal last in its division.

The last of the Cardinals’ initial eight consecutive losses was the final time they played the New York Jets until 1996, by which time the franchise was based in Phoenix and provided a notorious Jets’ team with the win needed to avoid the first 0–16 record in NFL history. The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team's division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.

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