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1972 Oakland Athletics season

1972 Oakland Athletics
1972 AL West Champions
1972 AL Champions
1972 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Oakland, California (since 1968)
  • Results
    Record 93–62 (.600)
    Other information
    Owner(s) Charles O. Finley
    Manager(s) Dick Williams
    Local television KBHK
    Local radio KEEN
    (Monte Moore, Jim Woods)
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    The 1972 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's winning the American League West with a record of 93 wins and 62 losses. In the playoffs, they defeated the Detroit Tigers in a five-game ALCS, followed by a seven-game World Series, in which they defeated the Cincinnati Reds for their first World Championship since 1930, when the club was in Philadelphia.

    Offseason

    Round 9: Rich Dauer (did not sign)
    Round 10: Bob Lacey

    Regular season

    In 1972, the A's began wearing solid green or solid gold jerseys, with contrasting white pants, at a time when most other teams wore all-white uniforms at home and all-grey ones on the road. Similar to more colorful amateur softball uniforms, they were considered a radical departure for their time.

    Furthermore, in conjunction with a Moustache Day promotion, Finley offered $500 to any player who grew a moustache by Father's Day, at a time when every other team forbade facial hair. When Father's Day arrived, every member of the team collected a bonus.[citation needed]

    Changing the nickname

    The nickname "A's" has long been used interchangeably with "Athletics", dating to the team's early days when headline writers wanted a way to shorten the name. Starting in 1972, the team nickname was officially "Oakland A's." The Commissioner's Trophy, given out annually to the winner of baseball's World Series, still listed the team's name as the "Oakland Athletics" on the gold-plated pennant representing the Oakland franchise. According to Bill Libby's Book, Charlie O and the Angry A's, owner Charlie O. Finley banned the word "Athletics" from the club's name because he felt that name was too closely associated with former Philadelphia Athletics owner Connie Mack, and he wanted the name "Oakland A's" to become just as closely associated with himself. The name also vaguely suggested the name of the old minor league Oakland Oaks, which were alternatively called the "Acorns".

    Season standings

    AL West W L GB Pct.
    Oakland Athletics 93 62 -- .600
    Chicago White Sox 87 67 5.5 .565
    Minnesota Twins 77 77 15.5 .500
    Kansas City Royals 76 78 16.5 .494
    California Angels 75 80 18 .484
    Texas Rangers 54 100 38.5 .351

    Opening Day starters

    Notable transactions

    Round 1: Chet Lemon
    Round 9: Dennis Littlejohn (did not sign)[10]
    Round 12: Chris Batton[11]
    Round 15: Bob Pate (did not play)

    Roster

    1972 Oakland Athletics
    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 Duncan, DaveDave Duncan 121 403 88 .218 19 59
    1B Epstein, MikeMike Epstein 138 455 123 .270 26 70
    2B Cullen, TimTim Cullen 72 142 37 .261 0 15
    3B Bando, SalSal Bando 152 535 126 .236 15 77
    SS Campaneris, BertBert Campaneris 149 625 150 .240 8 32
    LF Rudi, JoeJoe Rudi 147 593 181 .305 19 75
    CF Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson 135 499 132 .265 25 75
    RF Mangual, ÁngelÁngel Mangual 91 272 67 .246 5 32

    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
    Brown, LarryLarry Brown 47 142 26 .183 0 4
    Martínez, MartyMarty Martínez 22 40 5 .125 0 1
    Brooks, BobbyBobby Brooks 15 39 7 .179 0 5
    Alyea, BrantBrant Alyea 20 31 6 .194 1 2

    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
    Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter 38 295.1 21 7 2.04 191
    Holtzman, KenKen Holtzman 39 265.1 19 11 2.51 134
    Odom, Blue MoonBlue Moon Odom 31 194.1 15 6 2.50 86
    Blue, VidaVida Blue 25 151 6 10 2.80 111
    McLain, DennyDenny McLain 5 22.1 1 2 6.04 8

    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
    Hamilton, DaveDave Hamilton 25 101.1 6 6 2.93 55
    Horlen, JoeJoe Horlen 32 84 3 4 3.00 58
    Seguí, DiegoDiego Seguí 7 22.2 0 1 3.57 11

    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
    Fingers, RollieRollie Fingers 65 11 9 21 2.51 113
    Locker, BobBob Locker 56 6 1 10 2.65 47
    Knowles, DaroldDarold Knowles 54 5 1 11 1.37 36
    Shaw, DonDon Shaw 3 0 1 0 16.88 4
    Kilkenny, MikeMike Kilkenny 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

    Postseason

    ALCS

    Game 1

    October 7, 1972 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
    Detroit 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 2
    Oakland 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 10 1
    W: Rollie Fingers (1-0)   L: Mickey Lolich (0-1)   
    HR: DETNorm Cash (1), Al Kaline (1)

    Game 2

    October 8, 1972 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
    Oakland 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 X 5 8 0
    W: Blue Moon Odom (1-0)   L: Woodie Fryman (0-1)   
    HR: None

    Game 3

    October 10, 1972 at Tiger Stadium

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
    Detroit 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 X 3 8 1
    W: Joe Coleman (1-0)   L: Ken Holtzman (0-1)   
    HR: DETBill Freehan (1)

    Game 4

    October 11, 1972 at Tiger Stadium

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
    Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 9 2
    Detroit 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 10 1
    W: John Hiller (1-0)   L: Bob Locker (0-1)  
    HR: OAKMike Epstein (1) DETDick McAuliffe (1)

    Game 5

    October 12, 1972 at Tiger Stadium

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Oakland 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
    Detroit 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
    W: Blue Moon Odom (2-0)   L: Woodie Fryman (0-2)   S: Vida Blue (1)
    HR: None

    World Series

    Main article: 1972 World Series

    In 1972, the A's won their first league pennant since 1931 and faced the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. The A's seven-game victory over the heavily favored Reds gave the team its first World Series Championship since 1930.

    Of the four wins against the Reds, three of them occurred in Cincinnati, and all four Series victories were by a single run. Gene Tenace hit four home runs and drove in nine runs to power the A's offense, and was named the series Most Valuable Player.

    Composite Box

    1972 World Series (4-3): Oakland Athletics (A.L.) over Cincinnati Reds (N.L.)

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Oakland Athletics 1 6 1 1 3 2 0 0 2 16 46 9
    Cincinnati Reds 1 1 0 3 3 1 6 4 2 21 46 5
    Total Attendance: 363,149   Average Attendance: 51,878
    Winning Player’s Share: – $20,705,   Losing Player’s Share – $15,080 *Includes Playoffs and World Series

    Awards and honors

    League leaders

    Farm system

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