Slugging Average : 1978 National League Top 25

Finding the American or National League leader in virtually every hitting & pitching statistic is easy-to-do. Finding the top 25 players during any given season is far more challenging. Baseball Almanac has taken away that difficult problem and is pleased to present the data you requested:

"Although baseball decided to extend the regular season deeper into October to play 162 games (after the 09-11 disaster), why not just play 154? Baseball has dealt with shortened seasons before. (Bud) Selig spoke about the sanctity of playing 162 games, but baseball played 154 games until 1961. Baseball should have just let the games go and continued with the current schedule." - Joe Morgan on ESPN (September 19, 2001)
1978 Slugging Average Leaders

Top 25 in the National League

Dave Parker .585 (.58520) Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Reggie Smith .559 (.55928) Los Angeles Dodgers 2
George Foster .546 (.54636) Cincinnati Reds 3
Jack Clark .537 (.53716) San Francisco Giants 4
Jeff Burroughs .529 (.52869) Atlanta Braves 5
Greg Luzinski .526 (.52593) Philadelphia Phillies 6
Ted Simmons .512 (.51163) St. Louis Cardinals 7
Steve Garvey .499 (.49922) Los Angeles Dodgers 8
Dave Winfield .499 (.49915) San Diego Padres 9
Ellis Valentine .489 (.48947) Montreal Expos 10
Bill Madlock .481 (.48098) San Francisco Giants 11
George Hendrick .467 (.46653) San Diego Padres 12
St. Louis Cardinals
Richie Hebner .464 (.46437) Philadelphia Phillies 13
Gary Matthews .462 (.46203) Atlanta Braves 14
Jose Cruz .460 (.46018) Houston Astros 15
Larry Parrish .454 (.45385) Montreal Expos 16
Ron Cey .452 (.45225) Los Angeles Dodgers 17
Bob Watson .451 (.45119) Houston Astros 18
Tony Perez .449 (.44853) Montreal Expos 19
Andre Dawson .442 (.44171) Montreal Expos 20
Mike Schmidt .435 (.43470) Philadelphia Phillies 21
Lee Mazzilli .432 (.43173) New York Mets 22
Gary Carter .422 (.42214) Montreal Expos 23
Pete Rose .421 (.42137) Cincinnati Reds 24
Davey Lopes .421 (.42078) Los Angeles Dodgers 25


Jose Cruz of the Houston Astros had his number twenty-five retired on October 3, 1992, and became the first Major League player with that particular retired number.

Future Hall of Famer Sammy Sosa is best known for wearing number twenty-one; however, when the young slugger played for the Chicago White Sox (1989-1991) he only wore number twenty-five.

The most recognizable Detroit Tiger to wear the number twenty-five was probably Norm Cash (who wore it from 1960 through 1974), but did you know that Hall of Famer Larry Doby also wore it during his single season with Detroit?

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