Monday, January 27, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #82 - San Francisco Giants


  • Looks like Lynn McGlothen was the last card I needed to complete the team set for the Giants in 1978. 
  • The San Francisco Giants had a surprising run at the NL West title. They led the division for a good part of the season before fading in mid-August. The Giants mostly did it with pitching. Their pitching stats were near the top of the league, but their team hitting and fielding were nothing to write home about.
  • Vida Blue was a key acquisition for the Giants. Blue was traded from Oakland to the Giants during spring training. Jack Clark became the hitting star of the Giants, and Bill Madlock also made a big contribution to the Giants offense. Blue (18-10) and Bob Knepper (17-11) were the two top pitchers.
  • Record: 89-73, 3rd in NL West, 6 games behind Los Angeles
  • Attendance: 1,740,477 (4th in NL)
  • Team Batting: .248 (10th in NL)
  • Team HR: 117 (6th in NL)
  • Team Stolen Bases: 87 (11th in NL)
  • Team ERA: 3.30 (3rd in NL)
  • Team Fielding: .977 (9th in NL)
  • Award Winners: Vida Blue (TSN NL Pitcher of the Year)
  • All Stars: Vida Blue (starting pitcher), Jack Clark (OF)
  • NL Leaders: Bob Knepper (shutouts, 6)
  • Batting Leader: Bill Madlock (.309)
  • HR Leader: Jack Clark (25)
  • RBI Leader: Jack Clark (98)
  • Stolen Base Leader: Bill Madlock (16)
  • Victories Leader: Vida Blue (18)
  • Losses Leader: Bob Knepper / Jim Barr (11)
  • Saves Leader: Gary Lavelle (12)
  • ERA Leader (Starters): Bob Knepper (2.63)
  • ERA Leader (Relievers): Randy Moffitt (3.31)
  • Players who could have had a 1978 Giants card (over 100 AB or over 40 IP):
    • Hector Cruz (pictured with St. Louis) - OF - .223, 6 HR, 24 RBI in 79 games
    • Jim Dwyer (pictured with St. Louis) - UT -.225, 5 HR, 22 HR in 73 games
    • Vida Blue (pictured with Oakland) - 18-10, 2.79 ERA in 35 starts