1978 December

2nd  TSN announces the Gold Glove winners. SS Mark Belanger wins for the 8th and final time, while 1B Keith Hernandez and C Bob Boone are each honored for the first time.

4th  The annual ML draft is held at Orlando, FL. Only 7 players are selected.

5th  A week after Sparky Anderson leaves the Reds, free agent Pete Rose signs a 4-year, $3.2 million contract with the Phillies, temporarily making him the highest-paid athlete in team sports.

7th  The Red Sox trade P Bill Lee to the Expos for IF Stan Papi.

8th  The Rangers trade 3B-SS Toby Harrah to the Indians for 3B Buddy Bell.

20th  Willard Mullin, 76, the nation’s top sports cartoonist and creator of the “Brooklyn Bum,” dies at Corpus Christi, TX.

Don Blasingame is named manager of the Hanshin Tigers, the first American not of Japanese descent to lead a Japanese team.