Friday, April 24, 2015

1978 Topps Baseball #282 - New York Yankees


  • I never did get that Roy White card in 1978. I ended up buying it on sportlots when I started this blog.
  • The Yankees were world champions for the second straight season in 1978. Ron Guidry had an awesome season and the Yankees didn't have any weaknesses. It's interesting that the Yankees didn't lead the AL in any batting categories.
  • Enough things happened to this team during the season to fill several books. The team went through three managers and many fights and controversies. 

  • Team Record: 100-63, .613, first in AL East
    • Managers(s): Billy Martin (52-42); Dick Howser (0-1); Bob Lemon (48-20)
    • Attendance: 2,335,871 (1st in AL)
    • Team Batting: .267 (4th in AL)
    • Team Home Runs: 125 (6th in AL)
    • Team Stolen Bases: 98 (6th in AL)
    • Team ERA: 3.18 (1st in AL)
    • Team Fielding: .982 (2nd in AL)
    • AL All Stars: Rich Gossage (P); Ron Guidry (P); Reggie Jackson (OF); Thurman Munson (C); Graig Nettles (3B)
    • Award Winners: Ron Guidry (Cy Young); Rich Gossage (Rolaids Relief Pitcher of the Year); Chris Chambliss (Gold Glove, 1B); Graig Nettles (Gold Glove, 3B)
    • League Leaders: Ron Guidry (ERA, 1.74; Victories, 25; Winning Percentage, .893; Shutouts, 9); Rich Gossage (Saves, 27)
    • Batting Leader: Lou Piniella (.314)
    • HR Leader: Graig Nettles, Reggie Jackson (27)
    • RBI Leader: Reggie Jackson (97)
    • Stolen Base Leader: Willie Randolph (36)
    • Victory Leader: Ron Guidry (25)
    • Losses Leader: Dick Tidrow, Rich Gossage (11)
    • Saves Leader: Rich Gossage (27)
    • Best ERA (starters): Ron Guidry (1.74)
    • Best ERA (relievers): Rich Gossage (2.01)
    • Players who could have had 1978 Yankees cards (over 100 AB for position players, over 40 innings pitched for pitchers):
      • Jim Beattie (6-9, 3.73 ERA in 25 games - 22 starts)
      • Gary Thomasson - OF - .276, 3 HR, 20 RBI in 55 games
      • Jim Spencer - 1B - .227, 7 HR, 24 RBI in 71 games