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1972 Boston Red Sox season

1972 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Boston, Massachusetts (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
    General manager(s) Dick O'Connell
    Manager(s) Eddie Kasko
    Local television WBZ-TV, Ch. 4
    (Ken Coleman, Johnny Pesky)
    Local radio WHDH-AM 850
    (Ned Martin, Dave Martin, John MacLean)
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    The 1972 Boston Red Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing 2nd in the American League East with a record of 85 wins and 70 losses. After the cancellation of games missed during a two-week strike, the Sox missed winning the AL East, as the Tigers played one more game and finished 86-70, just 1/2 game ahead.

    Offseason

    A bad trade

    After the 1971 season, the Red Sox management decided on drastic changes.[citation needed] First there was a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. George Scott, who had fallen out of favor with the Red Sox management,[citation needed] was packaged with Billy Conigliaro (younger brother of former Red Sox star Tony Conigliaro), outfielders Joe Lahoud and Don Pavletich, pitchers Ken Brett (George Brett's older brother) and Jim Lonborg and exchanged for pitchers Marty Pattin and Lew Krausse, Jr. and outfielders Tommy Harper and Pat Skrable. It was a big deal and, as it turned out, a bad one for Boston. Lonborg won 14 games for Milwaukee in 1972, with a 2.83 ERA, and later was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, where he won 13, 17, 18, 8 and 11 games during five seasons. Scott batted .263, .266, .306, .281 and .285 in his five seasons with the Brewers, driving in 88, 107, 82, 109, and 77 runs during those same years and clouting an average of 23 homers a season, with 36 in 1975 alone. Meanwhile, although Pattin was 17-13 for Boston in 1972 an 15-15 in 1973, he was then traded away. Harper batted .254 and .281 in his two years with the Sox before being traded.

    Regular season

    Following the 1972 Major League Baseball strike, and Commissioner Bowie Kuhn's ruling that no games cancelled due to the April strike would be made up, the Red Sox wound up with 155 games on their 1972 schedule. They finished a half-game behind the AL East champion Detroit Tigers, who played 156 and won one more game than Boston. In the second-to-last game of the season, shortstop Luis Aparicio fell down rounding third, possibly costing the Sox a chance at victory[citation needed] in a game that could have made the difference. Thus, the Sox finished one-half game out with an 85-70 record.

    Season standings

    AL East W L GB Pct.
    Detroit Tigers 86 70 -- .551
    Boston Red Sox 85 70 0.5 .548
    Baltimore Orioles 80 74 5 .519
    New York Yankees 79 76 6.5 .510
    Cleveland Indians 72 84 14 .462
    Milwaukee Brewers 65 91 21 .417

    Notable transactions

    Opening Day lineup

      4 Tommy Harper CF
    11 Luis Aparicio SS
      8 Carl Yastrzemski     LF
      7 Reggie Smith RF
      6 Rico Petrocelli 3B
      5 Danny Cater 1B
      2 Doug Griffin 2B
    24 Duane Josephson C
    33 Marty Pattin P
    [5]

    Roster

    1972 Boston Red Sox
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    CF Harper, TommyTommy Harper 144 546 141 .254 14 49

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Pattin, MartyMarty Pattin 38 253 17 13 3.24 168
    Culp, RayRay Culp 16 105 5 8 4.46 52

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Krausse, LewLew Krausse 24 60.2 1 3 6.38 35

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Bolin, BobbyBobby Bolin 21 0 1 5 2.93 27

    Farm system

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