Monday, June 22, 2015

1978 Topps Baseball #302 - Chicago Cubs


  • The 1978 Chicago Cubs were a pretty average team. They were pretty good for the first half of the season and were in first place in the NL East as late as June 23. But the team had only one player in double figures in home runs (Dave Kingman) and only one pitcher in double figures in victories (Rick Reuschel). The Cubs also suffered due to going 4-14 against first place Philadelphia.
  • Team Record: 79-83, .488, 3rd in NL East, 11 games behind Philadelphia
  • Manager: Herman Franks
  • Attendance: 1,525,311 (6th in NL)
  • Team Batting: .264 (1st in NL)
  • Team Home Runs: 72 (11th in NL)
  • Team Stolen Bases: 58 (5th in NL)
  • Team ERA: 4.05 (11th in NL)
  • Team Fielding: .978 (4th in NL)
  • NL All Stars: Bruce Sutter (P)
  • Award Winners: none
  • League Leaders: Ivan DeJesus (runs, 104)
  • Batting Leader: Bill Buckner (.323)
  • HR Leader: Dave Kingman (28)
  • RBI Leader: Dave Kingman (79)
  • Stolen Base Leader: Ivan DeJesus (41)
  • Victory Leader: Rick Reuschel (14)
  • Losses Leader: Rick Reuschel, Dennis Lamp (15)
  • Saves Leader: Bruce Sutter (27)
  • Best ERA (starters):  Dennis Lamp (3.30)
  • Best ERA (relievers): Lynn McGlothen (3.04)
  • Players who could have had 1978 Cubs cards (over 100 AB for position players, over 40 innings pitched for pitchers):
  • Jerry White (OF - .272, 1 HR, 10 RBI in 59 games) - rookie card in 1979
  •  Mike Vail (OF - .333, 4 HR, 33 RBI in 74 games) - pictured with NY Mets
  • Rodney Scott (3B -.282, 0 HR, 15 RBI, 27 stolen bases in 78 games) - pictured with Oakland A's
  • Dave Rader (C - .203, 3 HR, 36 RBI in 116 games)  - pictured with St. Louis Cardinals
  • Tim Blackwell (C - .223, 0 HR, 7 RBI in 49 games) - pictured with Montreal Expos
  •  Lynn McGlothen (5-3, 3.04 ERA in 49 games - 1 start) - Pictured with SF Giants
  • Ken Holtzman (0-3, 2 saves, 6.11 ERA in 23 games - 6 starts) - Pictured with NY Yankees