The New York Yankees won the 1978 World Series, taking the title over the Los Angeles Dodgers, four games to two.

That result was identical to the 1977 Fall Classic, which was the first time the Yanks and Dodgers had met in October since the 1963 World Series.

In 1978, the Yankees won 100 games and lost 63 in the regular season, taking the American League East division title from the Boston Red Sox in a one-game playoff after the two teams both finished the regular schedule at 99-63.

The Yanks then defeated the Kansas City Royals, three games to one, in the American League Championship Series to clinch the pennant.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, won the National League West before defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1978 NLCS (3-1).

All four division winners in 1978 had also won their divisions in 1977.

Here is how the 1978 World Series between the Yankees and Dodgers played out, game by game.

Game 1: Dodgers 11, Yankees 5

The Dodgers trounced the Yankees at Dodger Stadium, riding three 3-run innings to an early lead. It should be noted that Yankees designated hitter Reggie Jackson continued his October home run barrage by going deep of Dodger starter Tommy John in the seventh inning.

Game 2: Dodgers 4, Yankees 3

The Dodgers went up two games to none on the strength of a two-out, three-run home run by third baseman Ron Cey in the sixth inning. The Yanks scored once in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough.

Game 3: Yankees 5, Dodgers 1

Cy Young winner Ron Guidry pitched a complete game for New York, and a three-run seventh inning helped the Yankees pull out their first victory in the first game of the Series to be played at home — Yankee Stadium.

Game 4: Yankees 4, Dodgers 3

The Yanks tied the Series at two games apiece when Lou Piniella singled home Roy White with two outs in the tenth inning, giving New York a hard-fought 4-3 victory.

Game 5: Yankees 12, Dodgers 2

Playing their third and final game of the Series at home, the Yankees made the most of their friendly confines in routing the Dodgers by a score of 12-2. The offensive star of the game was Yanks catcher Thurman Munson, the 1976 AL MVP, who went 3-for-5 with a double and five runs batted in.

Game 6: Yankees 7, Dodgers 2

Heading back to Los Angeles with a chance to close out the Series, the Yankees took care of business. After falling behind, 1-0, in the first inning, New York scored three in the second and then tacked on four more through the rest of the game. Reggie hit his second home run of the Series, and Goose Gossage pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game … and the championship.

1978 World Series MVP

Bucky Dent, whose late-season heroics helped the Yankees overcome the Red Sox in the AL East took home World Series MVP honors on the strength of a .417 batting average and seven RBI in the Fall Classic.


The Yankees and Dodgers would meet in the World Series again in 1981 after each team battled through the bizarre split season to claim their league pennants. That October, the Dodgers reversed their fortunes from 1977 and 1978, defeating the Yankees in six games.

The Dodger trio of Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero, and Steve Yeager shared the 1981 World Series MVP award.