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, like they did the previous season. The Phils were managed by Danny Ozark, as they played their home games at Veterans Stadium.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 1978 National League Championship Series
- 5 Awards and honors
- 6 Farm system
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
- March 7, 1978: George Bell was signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies.
- March 24, 1978: Fred Andrews was traded by the Phillies to the New York Mets for Bud Harrelson.
|St. Louis Cardinals||69||93||.426||21|
|New York Mets||66||96||.407||24|
- 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
The Phillie Phanatic debuted on April 25, 1978 at The Vet when the Phils played the Chicago Cubs. Since then, he was given the title "baseball's best mascot" by sports analyst Tim McCarver, who was the person who formally introduced the Phanatic on the "Captain Noah and His Magical Ark" show on WPVI-TV as he did promotional work for the team as a side from being the "designated catcher" for Steve Carlton, as well as ESPN's Chris Berman. The Phanatic was originally portrayed by Dave Raymond, who was working originally as an intern in the team's front office, for fifteen years, from 1978 to 1993. Raymond's father is retired college football hall of fame coach Harold "Tubby" Raymond at the University of Delaware. The elder Raymond was once quoted "I used to be known as the head football coach of the Fighting Blue Hens but now I will forever be known as the father of a green transvestite!" Also, the Phanatic was voted 'best mascot ever' by Sports Illustrated for Kids and Sports Illustrated.
|1978 Philadelphia Phillies|
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Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|C||Boone, BobBob Boone||132||435||123||.283||12||62|
|1B||Hebner, RichieRichie Hebner||137||435||123||.283||17||71|
|2B||Sizemore, TedTed Sizemore||108||351||77||.219||0||25|
|3B||Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt||145||513||129||.251||21||78|
|SS||Bowa, LarryLarry Bowa||156||654||192||.294||3||43|
|LF||Luzinski, GregGreg Luzinski||155||540||143||.265||35||101|
|CF||Maddox, GarryGarry Maddox||155||598||172||.288||11||68|
|RF||McBride, BakeBake McBride||122||472||127||.269||10||49|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|McCarver, TimTim McCarver||90||146||36||.247||1||14|
|Morrison, JimJim Morrison||53||108||17||.157||3||10|
|Harrelson, BudBud Harrelson||71||103||22||.214||0||9|
|Johnstone, JayJay Johnstone||35||56||10||.179||0||4|
|Dineen, KerryKerry Dineen||5||8||2||.250||0||0|
|Cruz, ToddTodd Cruz||3||4||2||.500||0||2|
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton||34||247.1||16||13||2.84||161|
|Christenson, LarryLarry Christenson||33||228||13||14||3.24||131|
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Reed, RonRon Reed||66||3||4||17||2.24||85|
|Brusstar, WarrenWarren Brusstar||58||6||3||0||2.33||60|
|Eastwick, RawlyRawly Eastwick||22||2||1||0||4.02||14|
|Piña, HoracioHoracio Piña||2||0||0||0||0.00||4|
|Boitano, DanDan Boitano||1||0||0||0||0.00||0|
|Larson, DanDan Larson||1||0||0||0||9.00||2|
1978 National League Championship Series
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|
Awards and honors
|AAA||Oklahoma City 89ers||American Association||Mike Ryan|
|AA||Reading Phillies||Eastern League||Lee Elia|
|A||Peninsula Pilots||Carolina League||Jim Snyder|
|A||Spartanburg Phillies||Western Carolinas League||Ron Clark|
|Rookie||Helena Phillies||Pioneer League||Larry Rojas|
- Baseball Reference: 1978 Philadelphia Phillies season
|NL East Championship Season
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