Tuesday, February 11, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #96 - Baltimore Orioles


  • The 1978 Baltimore Orioles won 90 games, but they got off to a 5-10 start and never got closer than six games behind after June 20. The Orioles were very good at hitting home runs (3rd in the AL) and fielding the baseball (1st in the AL). They had a good pitching staff, but there were a few holes in the club that would be filled in time for the team to win the AL pennant the next season.

  • Team Record: 90-71, .559, 4th in AL East, 9 games behind the New York Yankees
    • Managers(s):
      • Earl Weaver (9th full season with team)
    • Attendance: 1,051,724, 10th in American League
    • Team Batting: .258 (10th in AL)
    • Team Home Runs: 154 (3rd in AL)
    • Team Stolen Bases: 75 (11th in AL)
    • Team ERA: 3.56 (5th in AL)
    • Team Fielding: .982 (1st in AL)
    • AL All Stars: Jim Palmer (starting pitcher); Mike Flanagan (P); Eddie Murray (1B)
    • Award Winners: Gold Glove (Jim Palmer - P; Mark Belanger - SS)
    • League Leaders: Jim Palmer (innings pitched - 296); Mike Flanagan (games started - 40)
    • Batting Leader: Ken Singleton (.293)
    • HR Leader: Doug DeCinces (28)
    • RBI Leader: Eddie Murray (95)
    • Stolen Base Leader: Larry Harlow (14)
    • Victory Leader: Jim Palmer (21)
    • Losses Leader: Mike Flanagan (15)
    • Saves Leader: Don Stanhouse (24)
    • Best ERA (starters): Jim Palmer (2.46)
    • Best ERA (relievers): Don Stanhouse (2.89)
    • Players who could have had 1978 Orioles cards (over 100 AB for position players, over 40 innings pitched for pitchers):
      • Carlos Lopez (OF) (pictured with Seattle Mariners) : .238, 4 HR, 20 RBI in 129 games (193 AB)
      • Joe Kerrigan (pictured with Montreal Expos) : 3-1, 3 saves, 4.77 ERA in 26 games (2 starts)