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1972 Cleveland Indians season

1972 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Cleveland, Ohio (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Vernon Stouffer
    General manager(s) Gabe Paul
    Manager(s) Ken Aspromonte
    Local television WJW-TV
    Local radio WERE (1300)
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    The 1972 Cleveland Indians season was the 72nd in franchise history. The team finished fifth in the American League East with a record of 72-86, 14 games behind the Detroit Tigers.

    Offseason

    George Steinbrenner offer

    On December 6, 1971, George Steinbrenner led a group of investors (including Ted Bonda, Ed Jeffrey, Howard Metzenbaum, Steve O'Neill, Gabe Paul and Al Rosen) that negotiated with Jim Stouffer, the son of Indians owner Vernon Stouffer about the potential purchase of the franchise. The group offered $8.6 million and agreed to absorb $300,000 in debt (Stouffer borrowed against the Indians television contract for 1972).[1] Although Steinbrenner and Jim Stouffer agreed to a sale, Vernon Stouffer disapproved of the deal. He felt that he was able of getting $10 million for the franchise.[2]

    Notable transactions

    Regular season

    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

    Opening Day lineup

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1972 Cleveland Indians
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders 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
    SS Duffy, FrankFrank Duffy 130 385 92 .239 3 27

    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
    Perry, GaylordGaylord Perry 41 342.2 24 16 1.92 234

    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
    Butler, BillBill Butler 6 11.2 0 0 1.54 6

    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

    Awards and honors

    All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    Notes

    1. ^ Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, p. 6, Bill Madden, Harper Collins Publishing, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-06-169031-0
    2. ^ Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, pp. 6-7
    3. ^ Sam McDowell page at Baseball Reference
    4. ^ Del Unser page at Baseball Reference
    5. ^ Adolfo Phillips page at Baseball Reference
    6. ^ Rick Manning page at Baseball Reference
    7. ^ Dennis Eckersley page at Baseball Reference
    8. ^ Rick Langford page at Baseball Reference
    9. ^ Lowell Palmer page at Baseball-Reference
    10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

    References