Cubs take a trip back in time with 1978 throwbacks

Cubs take a trip back in time with 1978 throwbacks
July 27, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

The Cubs are sporting their 1978 jerseys as throwbacks Sunday as they continue to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Wrigley Field.

The baby-blue top and pants were actually the road jerseys in '78.



1978 was something of a strange year for the Cubs. They finished 79-83, taking third place in the National League East under manager Herman Franks.

The Cubs only hit 72 homers as a team and Dave Kingman hit 28 of those himself. In fact, he was the only guy to club double-digit homers.

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Kingman finished the '78 campaign with 79 RBI and an .878 OPS to lead the team while playing 119 games as the Cubs' primary left fielder. Ivan de Jesus put up a .356 on-base percentage with 41 steals and 104 runs.

Rick Reuschel (14-15, 3.41 ERA) was the leader of a pitching staff that also included his older brother, Paul. Dennis Lamp (7-15, 3.30 ERA) joined Rick Reuschel atop the rotation, as the two combined for 15 complete games, four shutouts and 466.1 innings.

Bruce Sutter was emerging as one of the premier closers in the NL and recorded 27 saves as a 25-year-old with the Cubs in '78. He went on to lead the league in saves the next four years, the latter two seasons coming with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cubs will continue to celebrate Wrigley's 100-year anniversary on every homestand throughout the remainder of the 2014 season.