1978 New York Yankees
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| 1978 New York Yankees |
1978 AL East Champions
1978 AL Champions
1978 World Series Champions
|Major league affiliations|
|Manager(s)||Billy Martin, Dick Howser, and Bob Lemon|
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1978 New York Yankees / Franchise: New York Yankees / BR Team Page
History, Comments, Contributions
The 1978 New York Yankees played the 76th season in team history. The team finished with a record of 100-63, tied with the Boston Red Sox after 162 games, then winning a one-game playoff to win their third AL East title.
In July, the team was 14.5 games behind Boston, but rallied in the second half of the season to finish tied for first place. The Yankees were victorious over the Red Sox in the playoff game that featured Bucky Dent's famous three-run go-ahead home run off Mike Torrez in the 7th inning.
In the ALCS, New York beat the Kansas City Royals in 4 games. In the World Series, they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in 6 games in a rematch of the 1977 World Series. New York was managed by Billy Martin, Dick Howser and Bob Lemon. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.
Ron Guidry was the unanimous Cy Young Award winner. In 248 innings, he compiled a record of 25-3, with 274 strikeouts and a 1.74 ERA. He finished second to Boston's Jim Rice in a controversial AL MVP vote.
Rich Gossage earned the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award with his American League-leading 27 saves. Bucky Dent was named the World Series MVP. Guidry, Gossage, Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson and Graig Nettles all represented the Yankees at the 1978 All-Star Game. Gold Gloves were awarded to third baseman Nettles and first baseman Chris Chambliss.
Awards and Honors
- All-Stars: Rich Gossage, Ron Guidry, Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson and Graig Nettles,
- AL Cy Young Award: Ron Guidry
- AL Rolaids Relief Award: Rich Gossage
- AL Gold Glove: Chris Chambliss (1B) and Graig Nettles (3B)
|W: Jim Beattie (1-0) L: Dennis Leonard (0-1) S: Ken Clay (1)|
|HRs: NYY – Reggie Jackson (1)|
|W: Larry Gura (1-0) L: Ed Figueroa (0-1)|
|HRs: KCR – Freddie Patek (1)|
|W: Rich Gossage (1-0) L: Doug Bird (0-1)|
|HRs: KCR – George Brett 3 (3) NYY – Reggie Jackson (2) Thurman Munson (1)|
|W: Ron Guidry (1-0) L: Dennis Leonard (0-2) S: Rich Gossage (1)|
|HRs: NYY – Graig Nettles (1) Roy White (1)|
|Game||Score||Date||Location||Attendance||Time of Game|
|1||Yankees – 5, Dodgers – 11||October 10||Dodger Stadium||55,997||2:48|
|2||Yankees – 3, Dodgers – 4||October 11||Dodger Stadium||55,982||2:37|
|3||Dodgers – 1, Yankees – 5||October 13||Yankee Stadium||56,447||2:27|
|4||Dodgers – 3, Yankees – 4 (10 inns)||October 14||Yankee Stadium||56,445||3:17|
|5||Dodgers – 2, Yankees – 12||October 15||Yankee Stadium||56,448||2:56|
|6||Yankees – 7, Dodgers – 2||October 17||Dodger Stadium||55,985||2:34|
- Thomas Boswell: "The Greatest Game Ever Played", in How Life Imitates the World Series, Penguin Books, New York, NY, 1982, pp. 15-30.
- Sparky Lyle and Peter Golenbock: The Bronx Zoo:: The Astonishing Inside Story of the 1978 World Champion New York Yankees, Crown Publishers, New York, NY, 1979. ISBN 1572437154