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1972 Philadelphia Phillies season

1972 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (since 1883)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr.
    General manager(s) John Quinn, Paul Owens
    Manager(s) Frank Lucchesi, Paul Owens
    Local television WPHL-TV
    Local radio WCAU
    (By Saam, Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn)
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    The 1972 Philadelphia Phillies season saw the team finish with a record of 59-97, last place in the National League East.

    Offseason

    The Phils made perhaps the best trade in their history on February 25, when Rick Wise was having contract problems with the Phils and Steve Carlton was having the same problems with the St. Louis Cardinals, the teams traded headaches. Carlton went on to win four Cy Young Awards and Wise went on to a decent career. Carlton won his first Cy Young Award that year on a last-place team that won only 59 games. Carlton was 27-10; the team was 32-87 when the southpaw wasn't involved in the decision. No pitcher in the 20th century has won as high a proportion of his team's victories (45.8%). Carlton also led the N.L. in ERA (1.97), strikeouts (310) and innings pitched (346). He might have won 30 if not for the players' strike that delayed the opening for the season for 10 days.

    Notable transactions

    Regular season

    During the season, Steve Carlton became the last pitcher to win at least 25 games in one season for the Phillies in the 20th century.[4]

    On July 10, manager Frank Lucchesi was fired with the team at 26-50. Paul Owens, who had been promoted from farm director to GM a month earlier, became manager as well.

    The Padres came close to a no-hitter against the Phillies on July 18, 1972; Steve Arlin came within one out before a ninth-inning two-out single by Denny Doyle broke up the bid.

    Mike Schmidt made his major league debut on September 12.[5]

    Season standings

    NL East W L GB Pct.
    Pittsburgh Pirates 96 59 0 .619
    Chicago Cubs 85 70 11 .548
    New York Mets 83 73 13.5 .532
    St. Louis Cardinals 75 81 21.5 .481
    Montreal Expos 70 86 26.5 .449
    Philadelphia Phillies 59 97 37.5 .378


    Notable transactions

    Draft picks

    Game log

    Legend
      Phillies win
      Phillies loss
      Postponement
    Bold Phillies team member
    1972 Game Log[10]
    Overall Record: 59–97

    Roster

    1972 Philadelphia Phillies
    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
    1B Hutton, TommyTommy Hutton 134 381 99 .260 4 38
    RF Freed, RogerRoger Freed 73 129 29 .225 6 18

    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
    Lis, JoeJoe Lis 62 140 34 .243 6 18
    Ryan, MikeMike Ryan 46 106 19 .179 2 10
    Stone, RonRon Stone 41 54 9 .167 0 3
    Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt 13 34 7 .206 1 3

    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
    Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton 41 346.1 27 10 1.97 310
    Reynolds, KenKen Reynolds 33 154.1 2 15 4.26 87
    Champion, BillBill Champion 30 132.2 4 14 5.09 54
    Fryman, WoodieWoodie Fryman 23 119.2 4 10 4.36 69
    Nash, JimJim Nash 9 37.1 0 8 6.27 15
    Downs, DaveDave Downs 4 23 1 1 2.74 5

    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
    Brandon, BuckyBucky Brandon 42 104.1 7 7 3.45 67
    Lersch, BarryBarry Lersch 36 100.2 4 6 3.04 48
    Neibauer, GaryGary Neibauer 9 18.2 0 2 5.30 7

    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
    Scarce, MacMac Scarce 31 1 2 4 3.44 40
    Hoerner, JoeJoe Hoerner 15 0 2 3 2.08 12

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Spartanburg[23]

    Notes

    1. Lowell Palmer page at Baseball-Reference
    2. Steve Carlton page at Baseball Reference
    3. Ruben Amaro page at Baseball Reference
    4. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 98, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
    5. Mike Schmidt page at Baseball Reference
    6. Andre Thornton page at Baseball Reference
    7. Woodie Fryman page at Baseball Reference
    8. Tom Underwood page at Baseball-Reference
    9. Dan Boitano page at Baseball Reference
    10. "1972 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule, Box Scores and Splits". Baseball-Reference.com. 
    11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 "Original Regular Season Schedules". retrosheet.org. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
    12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 Chapman, Lou (April 14, 1972). "No Back Pay, No Makeups: Baseball Strike Settled at Last". Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
    13. "National League". Montreal, QC: The Gazette. April 24, 1972. p. 15. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
    14. Feeney, Charley (April 24, 1972). "Frustration in Phily: Bucs Lose in 11, 5-4: Strand 17; Luzinski Hit Star". Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. pp. 26, 29. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
    15. "Majors". Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 10, 1972. p. 26. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
    16. "Baseball Standings". Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Sentinel. May 15, 1972. p. 1, part 2. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
    17. "Baseball". Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Journal. June 1, 1972. p. 20, part 2. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
    18. "Baseball Standings". Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Sentinel. June 20, 1972. p. 1, part 2. Retrieved April 27, 2015. Note: Makeup may have been September 2 rather than September 1. 
    19. "Baseball Standings". Milwuakee, WI: Milwaukee Sentinel. June 21, 1972. p. 1, part 2. Retrieved April 27, 2015. Note: Makeup may have been September 1 rather than September 2. 
    20. "Baseball". Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Journal. July 6, 1972. p. 13. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
    21. "Baseball record". Montreal, QC: The Gazette. September 30, 1972. p. 29. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
    22. MacDonald, Ian (September 30, 1972). "Rained out yesterday, play two today: Expos switch spring training site". Montreal, QC: The Gazette. p. 29. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
    23. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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