Winning Percentage : 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:

"The guys who made up this schedule must have been in a room with a bottle of Wild Turkey and 40 straws." - Dave Bergman
1978 Winning Percentage Leaders

Top 25 in the National League

Gaylord Perry .778 (.77778) San Diego Padres 1
Don Robinson .700 (.70000) Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Burt Hooton .655 (.65517) Los Angeles Dodgers 3
Ross Grimsley .645 (.64516) Montreal Expos 4
Vida Blue .643 (.64286) San Francisco Giants 5
Tommy John .630 (.62963) Los Angeles Dodgers 6
Doug Rau .625 (.62500) Los Angeles Dodgers 7
J.R. Richard .621 (.62069) Houston Astros 8
Bob Knepper .607 (.60714) San Francisco Giants 9
Craig Swan .600 (.60000) New York Mets 10
Bert Blyleven .583 (.58333) Pittsburgh Pirates 11
Randy Lerch .579 (.57895) Philadelphia Phillies 12
Dick Ruthven .577 (.57692) Atlanta Braves 13
Philadelphia Phillies
Don Sutton .577 (.57692) Los Angeles Dodgers
Steve Rogers .565 (.56522) Montreal Expos 15
John Denny .560 (.56000) St. Louis Cardinals 16
Rick Rhoden .556 (.55556) Los Angeles Dodgers 17
Steve Carlton .552 (.55172) Philadelphia Phillies 18
John Montefusco .550 (.55000) San Francisco Giants 19
Fred Norman .550 (.55000) Cincinnati Reds
Tom Seaver .533 (.53333) Cincinnati Reds 21
John Candelaria .522 (.52174) Pittsburgh Pirates 22
Phil Niekro .514 (.51351) Atlanta Braves 23
Joe Niekro .500 (.50000) Houston Astros 24
Pete Vuckovich .500 (.50000) St. Louis Cardinals


Jim Thome wore number twenty-five since he first came up with the Cleveland Indians making him the franchise record holder for that particular number ( Mike Garcia is second).

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.

Jack Clark , Denny Galehouse , Dizzy Trout and Tony Conigliaro .

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