Detroit rolled again in 1978 with another league best record of 49-15 and received a first-round bye in the playoffs. In the APSPL semi-finals the Caesars again faced Cleveland winning 2-0 advancing to face the Minnesota Norsemen in the World Series. The Caesars would repeat as professional softball champions with a dominating 4-0 victory as Detroit's Bert Smith hit 15-16 (.940) with 5 home-runs and 16 RBIs.

Ron Ford of Detroit was edged out in the last game of the season by teammate Mike Nye in batting percentage (.654 to .645) to prevent his taking of triple-crown honors, but still took home league MVP with 80 home-runs and 201 RBIs. Seven Detroit players were all-league (Ron Ford, Mike Nye, Doug Gerdes, Gary Geister, Mike Gouin, Jack Roudebush and newcomer Chuck Drewicz).  Nye, Ford, Geister and Gouin finished top-10 in batting; Ford and Gerdes top-10 in home-runs and only Ford represented the Caesars in RBI leaders.
 
Gary Geister popping a celebratory beverage.
1978 APSPL

Regular Season Final Standings


Eastern Division 

New England Pilgrims 37-27 .578 
Philadelphia Athletics 29-35 .453 8.0
Trenton Statesmen 28-36 .438 9.0
Rochester Zeniths 22-42 .344 15.0

Central Division 

Cincinnati Suds 40-24 .625
Cleveland Jaybirds 32-32 .500 8.0
Kentucky Bourbons 30-34 .469 10.0
Pittsburgh Hardhats 29-35 .453 11.0

Mid Western Division 

Detroit Caesars 49-15 .766
Minnesota Norsemen 40-24 .625 9.0
Milwaukee Schlitz 38-28 .583 13.0
Chicago Storm 11-53 .172 38.0

1978 APSPL All-Star Game

Detroit beat APSPL All-Stars 14-9, 8-3 (Exhibition Series)
All-Star Game MVP - Denny Brown, Pittsburgh

1978 APSPL Playoffs
1st round
Cleveland beat Philadelphia 10-16, 8-4, 26-22; (2-1)
Cincinnati beat New England 9-6, 4-9, 27-17; (2-1)
Detroit and Minnesota (both received a 1st Round Bye)

Semi-finals

Detroit beat Cleveland 27-22, 30-24; (2-0)
Minnesota beat Cincinnati 28-15, 6-2; (2-0)
Playoff MVP - Jim Bizzall, Cleveland

World Series

Detroit beat Minnesota 22-16, 50-12, 24-16, 26-12; (4-0)
World Series MVP - Bert Smith, Detroit (15-16; .940, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs)


1978 APSPL League Leaders

         Batting                                        Home Runs                                     RBIs

Mike Nye, Detroit .654                  Ronnie Ford, Detroit 80                  Ronnie Ford, Detroit 201
Ronnie Ford, Detroit .645              Dale Palm, Minnesota 70               Dale Palm, Minnesota 166
Gene Parrish, Minnesota .634        John Locke, Minnesota 65             Fred Miller, Kentucky 141
Ken Parker, Milwaukee .634          Bob McMahon, Minn. 59                 Joe Russell, Minnesota 141
Dale Palm, Minnesota .614            Fred Miller, Kentucky 57                Mike Applin, Cincinnati 138
Mike Gouin, Detroit .601               Bill Gatti, Kentucky 54                   Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 137
Denny Brown, Pittsburgh .600       Joe Russell, Minnesota 53              John Locke, Minnesota 136
Gary Geister, Detroit .596             Doug Gerdes, Detroit 53                 Bill Gatti, Kentucky 132
Joe Russell, Minnesota .594           Benny Holt, Chicago 50                  Benny Holt, Chicago 130
Don Ragozzine, N.Eng. .594          Phil Higgins, Milwaukee 49            Jim Dillard, Milwaukee 129
                                                                                                          John Spadaccino, Trent. 129


1978 APSPL All Pro Team

P- Chuck Drewicz, Detroit, John Locke, Minnesota
C- Jim Bizzell, Cleveland Bob McMahon, Minnesota Benny Holt, Chicago
IF- Gary Bello, New England, Don Rardin, Cincinnati, Rick Page, Rochester, Joe Russell, Minnesota, Denny Brown, Pittsburgh,
     Jack Roudebush, Detroit, Gary Geister, Detroit, Doug Gerdes, Detroit
, Don Ragozzine, New England
OF- Ronnie Ford, Detroit (MVP), Fred Miller, Kentucky, Mike Foley, Trenton, Mike O'Brien, Cincinnati, Mike Nye, Detroit,
       Dale Palm, Minnesota, Bill Gatti, Kentucky, Ken Parker, Milwaukee, Mike Gouin, Detroit, Gene Parrish, Minnesota
       Phil Higgins, Milwaukee, Johnny Dollar, Philadelphia