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1978 Kansas City Royals season

1978 Kansas City Royals
1978 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
Manager(s) Whitey Herzog
Local television KBMA
(Steve Shannon)
Local radio WIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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The 1978 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing first in the American League West with a record of 92 wins and 70 losses. The team went on to lose in the 1978 American League Championship Series to the New York Yankees, 3 games to 1.

Regular season

Season standings

AL West W L GB Pct.
Kansas City Royals 92 70 -- .568
Texas Rangers 87 75 5 .537
California Angels 87 75 5 .537
Minnesota Twins 73 89 19 .451
Chicago White Sox 71 90 20.5 .441
Oakland Athletics 69 93 23 .426
Seattle Mariners 56 104 35 .350

Notable transactions

Draft picks

Roster

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
2B White, FrankFrank White 143 461 127 275 7 50
3B Brett, GeorgeGeorge Brett 128 510 150 .294 9 62
SS Patek, FreddieFreddie Patek 138 440 109 .248 2 46

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Washington, U LU L Washington 69 129 34 .264 0 9
Quirk, JamieJamie Quirk 17 29 6 .207 0 2
Silverio, LuisLuis Silverio 8 11 6 .545 0 3
Cripe, DaveDave Cripe 7 13 2 .154 0 1

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Leonard, DennisDennis Leonard 40 294.2 21 17 3.33 183
Gura, LarryLarry Gura 35 221.2 16 4 2.72 81
Gale, RichRich Gale 31 192.1 14 8 3.09 88
Hassler, AndyAndy Hassler 11 58.1 1 4 4.32 26

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bird, DougDoug Bird 40 98.2 6 6 5.29 48
Colborn, JimJim Colborn 8 28.1 1 2 4.76 8
Busby, SteveSteve Busby 7 21.1 1 0 7.59 10

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G W L SV ERA SO
Foucault, SteveSteve Foucault 3 0 0 0 3.86 0
Paschall, BillBill Paschall 2 0 1 1 3.38 5
Throop, GeorgeGeorge Throop 1 1 0 0 0.00 2

ALCS

Game 1

October 3: Royals Stadium
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 0 7 16 0
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 2
W: Jim Beattie (1-0)  L: Dennis Leonard (0-1)  S: Ken Clay (1)
HRs: NYYReggie Jackson (1)

Game 2

October 4: Royals Stadium
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 12 1
Kansas City 1 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 X 10 16 1
W: Larry Gura (1-0)  L: Ed Figueroa (0-1)
HRs: KCRFreddie Patek (1)

Game 3

October 6: Yankee Stadium
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 5 10 1
New York 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 2 X 6 10 0
W: Goose Gossage (1-0)  L: Doug Bird (0-1)
HRs: KCRReggie Jackson (2) Thurman Munson (1)

Game 4

October 7: Yankee Stadium
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
New York 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 2 4 0
W: Ron Guidry (1-0)  L: Dennis Leonard (0-2)  S: Goose Gossage (1)
HRs: NYYGraig Nettles (1) Roy White (1)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association John Sullivan
AA Jacksonville Suns Southern League Gordon Mackenzie
A Fort Myers Royals Florida State League Gene Lamont
Rookie GCL Royals Gulf Coast League José Martínez

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Omaha

Notes

  1. ^ John Mayberry page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Gary Lance page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Jamie Quirk page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Jeff Cornell page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Frank Viola page at Baseball Reference

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America.  

External links

  • 1978 Kansas City Royals team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1978 Kansas City Royals team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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