1978 Season News

After going two-for-four against the Chicago White Sox earlier in the day, Angels' outfielder Lyman Bostock was killed in a bizarre shooting accident. During a domestic dispute on September 23rd, the twenty-seven year old was hit in the head with a .410 gauge shotgun blast by his uncle who was en-route to shooting his aunt. Bostock was a .311 hitter in his fourth season in the Major Leagues and his father; Lyman Sr. had been a star player in the Negro Leagues.

Ron Guidry, of the New York Yankees, set an American League record by becoming the first left-hander to strike out eighteen batters in a single game during a 4-0 win over the Anaheim Angels.

On May 20th, Pittsburgh Pirate captain Willie Stargell launched a 535-foot rocket off the Montreal Expos' Wayne Twitchell for his four-hundred seventh career home run at Olympic Stadium. It was the longest ball ever hit in the ballpark and put "Pops" on the all-time homer list beside Duke Snider.

Chicago Cubs manager Herman Franks and Montreal Expos skipper Dick Williams combined to use forty-five players in a nine inning game setting the all-time record. They also tied another Major League mark by utilizing fourteen different pitchers en route to a 10-8 Canadian victory.
1978 American League East
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 100-63 -
Boston Red Sox 99-64 1.0
Milwaukee Brewers 93-69 6.5
Baltimore Orioles 90-71 9.0
Detroit Tigers 86-76 13.5
Cleveland Indians 69-90 29.0
Toronto Blue Jays 59-102 40.0
1978 American League West
Team Record GB
Kansas City Royals 92-70 -
Texas Rangers 87-75 5.0
California Angels 87-75 5.0
Minnesota Twins 73-89 19.0
Chicago White Sox 71-90 20.5
Oakland Athletics 69-93 23.0
Seattle Mariners 56-104 35.0
1978 National League East
Team Record GB
Philadelphia hillies 90-72 -
Pittsburgh Pirates 88-73 1.5
Chicago Cubs 79-83 11.0
Montreal Expos 76-86 14.0
St. Louis Cardinals 69-93 21.0
New York Mets 66-96 24.0
1978 National League West
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 95-67 -
Cincinnati Reds 92-69 2.5
San Francisco Giants 89-73 6.0
San Diego Padres 84-78 11.0
Houston Astros 74-88 21.0
Atlanta Braves 69-93 26.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 100 63 0.613 735 4.51 582 3.57 125 111 0.267 0.328 0.388 3.18 478 817 0.982 134
Boston Red Sox 99 64 0.607 796 4.88 657 4.03 172 137 0.267 0.336 0.424 3.54 464 706 0.977 171
Milwaukee Brewers 93 69 0.574 804 4.96 650 4.01 173 109 0.276 0.339 0.432 3.65 398 577 0.977 144
Kansas City Royals 92 70 0.568 743 4.59 634 3.91 98 108 0.268 0.329 0.399 3.44 478 657 0.976 153
Baltimore Orioles 90 71 0.559 659 4.09 633 3.93 154 107 0.258 0.326 0.396 3.56 509 754 0.982 166
Texas Rangers 87 75 0.537 692 4.27 632 3.90 132 108 0.253 0.331 0.381 3.36 421 776 0.976 140
California Angels 87 75 0.537 691 4.27 666 4.11 108 125 0.259 0.325 0.370 3.65 599 892 0.978 136
Detroit Tigers 86 76 0.531 714 4.41 653 4.03 129 135 0.271 0.338 0.392 3.64 503 684 0.981 177
Minnesota Twins 73 89 0.451 666 4.11 678 4.19 82 102 0.267 0.339 0.375 3.69 520 703 0.977 171
Chicago White Sox 71 90 0.441 634 3.94 731 4.54 106 128 0.264 0.316 0.379 4.21 586 710 0.977 130
Cleveland Indians 69 90 0.434 639 4.02 694 4.36 106 100 0.261 0.323 0.379 3.97 568 739 0.980 142
Oakland Athletics 69 93 0.426 532 3.28 690 4.26 100 106 0.245 0.302 0.351 3.62 582 750 0.971 145
Toronto Blue Jays 59 102 0.366 590 3.66 775 4.81 98 149 0.250 0.307 0.359 4.54 614 758 0.979 163
Seattle Mariners 56 104 0.350 614 3.84 834 5.21 97 155 0.248 0.314 0.359 4.67 567 630 0.978 174
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 67 0.586 727 4.49 573 3.54 149 107 0.264 0.338 0.402 3.12 440 800 0.978 138
Cincinnati Reds 92 69 0.571 710 4.41 688 4.27 136 122 0.256 0.334 0.393 3.81 567 908 0.978 120
Philadelphia Phillies 90 72 0.556 708 4.37 586 3.62 133 118 0.258 0.326 0.388 3.33 393 813 0.983 156
San Francisco Giants 89 73 0.549 613 3.78 594 3.67 117 84 0.248 0.319 0.374 3.30 453 840 0.976 118
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 73 0.547 684 4.25 637 3.96 115 103 0.257 0.318 0.385 3.41 499 880 0.973 133
San Diego Padres 84 78 0.519 591 3.65 598 3.69 75 74 0.252 0.320 0.348 3.28 483 744 0.975 171
Chicago Cubs 79 83 0.488 664 4.10 724 4.47 72 125 0.264 0.332 0.361 4.05 539 768 0.978 154
Montreal Expos 76 86 0.469 633 3.91 611 3.77 121 117 0.254 0.304 0.379 3.42 572 740 0.979 150
Houston Astros 74 88 0.457 605 3.73 634 3.91 70 86 0.258 0.313 0.355 3.63 578 930 0.978 109
Atlanta Braves 69 93 0.426 600 3.70 750 4.63 123 132 0.249 0.304 0.358 4.08 624 848 0.975 126
St. Louis Cardinals 69 93 0.426 600 3.70 657 4.06 79 94 0.244 0.314 0.363 3.58 600 859 0.978 155
New York Mets 66 96 0.407 607 3.75 690 4.26 86 114 0.245 0.314 0.352 3.87 531 775 0.979 160