Sunday, July 27, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #192 - San Diego Padres


  • Alvin Dark was originally going to be the manager of the San Diego Padres in 1978, but Roger Craig ended up managing the team. Dark was fired during spring training due to a feeling that he couldn't communicate with his players. Craig managed the Padres to a surprising 84-78 record. It was the first time in franchise history (starting in 1969) that the Padres would finish above .500.
  • The Padres had four future Hall of Famers on the team in 1978: Dave Winfield, Rollie Fingers, Gaylord Perry, and rookie Ozzie Smith.
  • Craig had been a pitching coach for several years before taking over the Padres. San Diego pitching was excellent - the staff finished second behind the LA Dodgers in team ERA. The San Diego offense wasn't as good - they finished last in the NL with 591 runs scored. The Padres were also at the bottom of the league in fielding percentage (.975).
  • Team Record: 84-78, .519, 4th in NL West, 11 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Attendance: 1,670,107 (5th in NL)
  • Team Batting: .252 (8th in NL)
  • Team Home Runs: 75 (10th in NL)
  • Team Stolen Bases: 152 (3rd in NL)
  • Team ERA: 3.28 (2nd in NL)
  • Team Fielding: .975 (10th in NL)
  • All Stars: Dave Winfield (OF); Rollie Fingers (P)
  • NL Leaders: Gaylord Perry (wins - 21; winning percentage - .778); Rollie Fingers (saves - 37)
  • NL Awards: Gaylord Perry (Cy Young Award); Rollie Fingers (Rolaids Relief Man of The Year)
  • Batting Leader: Gene Richards - .308
  • Home Run Leader: Dave Winfield - 24
  • RBI Leader: Dave Winfield - 97
  • Stolen Base Leader: Ozzie Smith - 40
  • Victories Leader: Gaylord Perry - 21
  • Losses Leader: Randy Jones - 14
  • ERA Leader (starters): Gaylord Perry - 2.73
    ERA Leader (relievers): John D'Acquisto - 2.13
  • Strikeout Leader: Gaylord Perry - 154
  • Saves Leader: Rollie Fingers - 37
  • Players who could have had 1978 Topps San Diego Padres cards (minimum 100 AB or 40 IP):
    • Broderick Perkins (1B) .240, 2 HR, 33 RBI in 62 games (rookie card in 1979)
    • Fernando Gonzalez (2B) .250, 2 HR, 29 RBI in 101 games (pictured with Pittsburgh Pirates)
    • Derrel Thomas (OF) .227, 3 HR, 26 RBI in 128 games (pictured with SF Giants)
    • Ozzie Smith (SS) .258, 1 HR, 46 RBI, 40 stolen bases in 159 games (rookie card in 1979)
    • Mark Lee (P) 5-1, 2 saves, 3.28 ERA in 56 games (rookie card in 1979)
    • John D'Acquisto (P) 4-3, 10 saves, 2.13 ERA in 45 games (3 starts) (no card in 1978)
    • Eric Rasmussen (P) 12-10, 4.06 ERA in 27 games (24 starts) (pictured with St. Louis Cardinals)
    • Gaylord Perry (P) 21-6, 2.73 ERA in 37 starts (pictured with Texas Rangers)