Tuesday, February 10, 2015

1978 Topps Baseball #259 - Los Angeles Dodgers


  • Tommy Lasorda's card was featured several weeks ago, so I picked that card up after marking up this checklist. I'm pretty sure I have the Sosa card as well.
  • The Dodgers won the NL West for the second straight season. This was a much closer race than 1977. The Cincinnati Reds and the surprising San Francisco Giants were in contention until late September. Either the Dodgers (three times) or the Cincinnati Reds (six times) won the division every year except one in the 1970s. The Giants won the division in 1971.
  • The Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3 games to 1 in the NL Championship Series and then lost to the New York Yankees 4 games to 2 in the World Series.
  • Team Record: 95-67, .586, 1st in NL West, 2 1/2 games ahead of Cincinnati
  • Attendance: 3,347,485 (1st in NL)
  • Team Batting: .264 - 1st in NL
  • Team Home Runs:  149 - 1st in NL
  • Team Stolen Bases: 137 - 5th in NL
  • Team ERA: 3.12 - 1st in NL
  • Team Fielding: .978 - 4th in NL
  • All Stars: Steve Garvey (starting 1B), Rick Monday (starting RF), Ron Cey (3B), Reggie Smith (OF), Davey Lopes (2B), Tommy John (P)
  • NL Leaders: Steve Garvey  (hits - 202)
  • NL Awards: Steve Garvey (NLCS MVP)
  • Batting Leader: Steve Garvey - .316
  • Home Run Leader: Reggie Smith - 29
  • RBI Leader: Steve Garvey - 113
  • Stolen Base Leader: Davey Lopes - 45
  • Victories Leader: Burt Hooton - 19
  • Losses Leader: Don Sutton - 11
  • ERA Leader (starters): Burt Hooton - 2.71
    ERA Leader (relievers): Terry Forster - 1.93
  • Strikeout Leader: Don Sutton - 154
  • Saves Leader: Terry Forster - 22
  • Players who could have had 1978 Topps Los Angeles Dodgers cards (minimum 100 AB or 40 IP):
    • Joe Ferguson (C) - .237, 7 HR, 28 RBI in 67 games (pictured with Houston Astros)
    • Bill North (OF) - .234, 0 HR, 10 RBI in 110 games (pictured with Oakland A's)
    • Bob Welch (P) - 7-4, 3 saves, 2.02 ERA in 23 games (13 starts) (rookie card in 1979)