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1972 Baseball Season


More 1972 Baseball Season Headlines

Check out more highlights of the 1972 baseball season, including the retirement of great Bill Mazeroski and the year's biggest trades.

  • August 1, Padre Nate Colbert hits major league record-tying five homers in doubleheader and collects Major League record 13 RBI.
  • California's Nolan Ryan tops American League in strikeouts (329) and sets all-time major league record by allowing only 5.26 hits per game.
    1972 Baseball Season Highlights
    Former president of the
    American League Will
    Harridge was elected
    posthumously to the
    Hall of Fame.

  • Milt Pappas becomes first pitcher to collect 200 career wins without ever having won 20 games in a season.
  • Carlton Fisk becomes the only catcher to top the American League in triples, tying Oakland's Joe Rudi for the lead with nine.
  • Fisk is second American League rookie catcher in three years to win a Gold Glove.
  • Atlanta's Felix Millan wins second Gold Glove as National League second baseman.
  • Mets manager Gil Hodges dies of a heart attack.
  • Freddy Parent, last survivor of the first World Series, dies at 96.
  • Oakland uses major league-record 30 men in a 15-inning game against Chicago on September 19.
  • Rangers score just 461 runs and collect only 424 RBI.
  • Prior to the season, St. Louis ships Steve Carlton to Philadelphia for Rick Wise.
  • Cleveland trades Graig Nettles and Gerry Moses to Yankees for four players.
  • Yanks trade Danny Cater to Boston for Sparky Lyle.
  • Reds swap young Hal McRae and Wayne Simpson to Kansas City for Roger Nelson and Richie Scheinblum.
  • Angels send Andy Messersmith and Ken McMullen to Dodgers for Frank Robinson, Bill Singer, and three other players.
  • Giants send Willie Mays to Mets for Charlie Williams and $50,000.
  • Montreal deals Rusty Staub to Mets for Ken Singleton, Tim Foli, and Mike Jorgensen.
  • Yankee Bobby Murcer tops American League in runs (102) and total bases (314).
  • Phils send Don Money and two other players to Milwaukee for Jim Lonborg, Ken Brett, and two others.
  • Tigers manager Martin was shown giving the world the finger on his 1972 baseball card.
  • Bill Mazeroski retires holding the National League record for most games at second base (2,094).
  • On July 14, Bill Haller umps behind the plate in a game which is caught by his brother -- Tom Haller of the Tigers.
  • Cincinnati's Clay Carroll sets a new major league save record with 37.
  • On October 3, Oriole Roric Harrison becomes the last American League pitcher to homer prior to interleague play.
  • White Sox Wilbur Wood's 49 starts are the most in the majors since 1908.
  • Tom Seaver receives $172,000 to become the highest-paid hurler in major league history to this juncture.
  • Joe Morgan leads National League in runs (122), walks (115), and OBP(.419).
  • Philly's Willie Montanez and Houston's Cesar Cedeno top majors in doubles with 39.
  • Philly's Larry Bowa leads majors with 13 triples.
  • Lou Brock leads National League in steals (63); Bert Campaneris tops American League (52).
  • Joe Rudi leads American League in hits (181).
  • Boston's Luis Tiant has best ERA in majors (1.91).
  • Catfish Hunter wins 21 for the A's and ties Cincinnati's Gary Nolan for best win pct. in majors (.750).
  • Sparky Lyle of New York leads American League with 35 saves.
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