1972 Baseball Season Highlights
Fans may have wondered if the 1972 baseball season was over before it began -- the players' strike delayed the first game by two weeks. Although the strike was resolved, the season was shortened when it was decided not to make up the missed games. Find this and other highlights of the 1972 season below:
- A's end Orioles' reign in American League and capture first pennant since 1931.
- Reds win 1972 National League flag.
- Tigers take A's to five games in ALCS.
- Reds beat Pirates in five games, scoring game five's winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a wild pitch by Bob Moose.
- A's take 1972 World Series in seven games.
- Oakland wins game seven of Series 3-2, as reliever Rollie Fingers stifles an eighth-inning uprising.
- Oakland's Gene Tenace hits .348 with four homers and nine RBI in 1972 Series.
- Reds' Tony Perez leads all Series players with ten hits and a .435 BA.
- Catfish Hunter wins two games for A's in the 1972 World Series, as does Ross Grimsley for Reds.
- For the first time in World Series history, no pitcher on either team has a complete game.
- Johnny Bench wins his second National League MVP.
- Chicago's Dick Allen is 1972 American League MVP.
- Carlton wins 15 straight games (and 27 overall) for the Phils.
- Carlton is responsible for 45.8 percent of his team's wins -- a post-1893 major league record.
- Carlton leads majors in wins (27) and CGs (30), and tops National League in Ks (310), innings pitched (346), and ERA (1.98).
- Cleveland's Gaylord Perry wins the 1972 American League Cy Young award after tying for loop lead in wins (24) and leading in complete games (29).
- First players' strike in major league history ends April 10; several games are not made up, and Boston loses to Tigers by 1/2 game.
- Roberto Clemente produces his 3,000th hit on September 30, then dies in a plane crash December 31.
- Billy Williams tops majors in BA (.333), SA (.606), and total bases (348).
- Johnny Bench leads majors in homers (40) and RBI (125).
- Fired by Twins after guiding team to two straight division titles, Billy Martin wins American League East for Tigers.
- National League wins All-Star Game 4-3 in Atlanta in ten innings -- the National League's seventh win in seven overtime games.
- On September 2, Cub Milt Pappas no-hits Padres; Pappas loses perfect game by walking the 27th man on a 3-2 pitch.
- Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phils on April 16.
- Expo Bill Stoneman no-hits Mets on October 2.
- Boston's Carlton Fisk is a unanimous choice for 1972 American League Rookie of the Year.
- New York's Jon Matlack is 1972 National League Rookie of the Year.
- Detroit's Ed Brinkman sets new MLFA record of .990 for shortstops, including 72 straight errorless games.
- Washington franchise moved to Texas, renamed the "Rangers."
- Al Kaline's American League record streak of 242 consecutive errorless games in the outfield ends.
- Rod Carew wins American League bat title (.318), and is first bat crown winner to go homerless since Zach Wheat in 1918.
- SF's Jim Barr retires a major league record 41 batters in a row over two games.
- Allen leads American League in homers (37), RBI (113), runs produced (166), OBP (.422), and SA (.603).
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