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1972 New York Yankees season

1972 New York Yankees
Berra and Dickey's Number Retired
Major League affiliations
Location
  • New York City, New York (since 1903)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) CBS
    Manager(s) Ralph Houk
    Local television

    WPIX

    (Phil Rizzuto, Frank Messer, Bill White)
    Local radio WMCA
    (Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bill White)
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    The 1972 New York Yankees season was the 70th season for the Yankees in New York, and the 72nd season overall. The team finished with a record of 79-76, finishing 6½ games behind the Detroit Tigers. New York was managed by Ralph Houk. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

    Offseason

    Regular season

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    Yogi Berra's number 8 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1972.
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    Bill Dickey's number 8 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1972.
    • Felipe Alou achieved two milestones in 1972. He got the 2,000th Hit of his career and got the 200th Home Run of his career.

    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

    Roster

    1972 New York Yankees
    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
    C Munson, ThurmanThurman Munson 140 511 143 .280 7 46
    1B Blomberg, RonRon Blomberg 107 299 80 .268 14 49
    2B Clarke, HoraceHorace Clarke 147 547 132 .241 3 37
    3B Sanchez, CelerinoCelerino Sanchez 71 250 62 .248 0 22
    SS Michael, GeneGene Michael 126 391 91 .233 1 32
    LF White, RoyRoy White 155 556 150 .270 10 54
    CF Murcer, BobbyBobby Murcer 153 585 171 .292 33 96
    RF Callison, JohnnyJohnny Callison 95 275 71 .258 9 34

    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
    Alou, FelipeFelipe Alou 120 324 90 .278 6 37
    Allen, BernieBernie Allen 84 220 50 .227 9 21
    McKinney, RichRich McKinney 37 121 26 .215 1 7
    Lanier, HalHal Lanier 60 103 22 .214 0 6

    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
    Peterson, FritzFritz Peterson 35 250⅓ 17 15 3.24 100
    Stottlemyre, MelMel Stottlemyre 36 260 14 18 3.22 110
    Kekich, MikeMike Kekich 29 175⅓ 10 13 3.70 78
    Kline, SteveSteve Kline 32 236⅓ 16 9 2.40 58
    Gardner, RobRob Gardner 20 97 8 5 3.06 58

    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
    Hinton, RichRich Hinton 7 16.2 1 0 4.86

    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
    Lyle, SparkySparky Lyle 59 9 5 35 1.92 75
    Beene, FredFred Beene 29 1 3 3 2.34 37
    Blasingame, WadeWade Blasingame 12 0 1 0 4.24 7
    Aker, JackJack Aker 4 0 0 0 3.00 1
    Closter, AlAl Closter 2 0 0 0 11.57 2
    Blateric, SteveSteve Blateric 1 0 0 0 0.00 4

    Awards and honors

    League leaders

    • Sparky Lyle, American League leader, Saves (35)
    • Bobby Murcer, American League leader, Runs (102) [11]

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: West Haven[12]

    Notes

    References