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|1972 in baseball|
|1972 American League|
|Cuban National League|
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 Season summary
- Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
|Rank||Team||G||W||L||T||WPCT||GB||RS (RS/G)||RA (RA/G)||AVG||OBP||SLG||ERA||FPCT|
|1||Detroit Tigers||156||86||70||0||.551||-.-||558 (3.58)||514 (3.29)||0.237||0.303||0.356||2.96||0.984|
|2||Boston Red Sox||155||85||70||0||.548||0.5||640 (4.13)||620 (4.00)||0.248||0.316||0.376||3.47||0.978|
|3||Baltimore Orioles||154||80||74||0||.519||5.0||519 (3.37)||430 (2.79)||0.229||0.300||0.339||2.53||0.983|
|4||New York Yankees||155||79||76||0||.510||6.5||557 (3.59)||527 (3.40)||0.249||0.314||0.357||3.05||0.978|
|5||Cleveland Indians||156||72||84||0||.462||14.0||472 (3.03)||519 (3.33)||0.234||0.291||0.330||2.92||0.982|
|6||Milwaukee Brewers||156||65||91||0||.417||21.0||493 (3.16)||595 (3.81)||0.235||0.299||0.328||3.45||0.977|
|1||Oakland Athletics||155||93||62||0||.600||-.-||604 (3.90)||457 (2.95)||0.240||0.302||0.366||2.58||0.979|
|2||Chicago White Sox||154||87||67||0||.565||5.5||566 (3.68)||538 (3.49)||0.238||0.307||0.346||3.12||0.977|
|3||Minnesota Twins||154||77||77||0||.500||15.5||537 (3.49)||535 (3.47)||0.244||0.307||0.344||2.84||0.974|
|4||Kansas City Royals||154||76||78||0||.494||16.5||580 (3.77)||545 (3.54)||0.255||0.325||0.353||3.24||0.981|
|5||California Angels||155||75||80||0||.484||18.0||454 (2.93)||533 (3.44)||0.242||0.291||0.330||3.06||0.981|
|6||Texas Rangers||154||54||100||0||.351||38.5||461 (2.99)||628 (4.08)||0.217||0.288||0.290||3.53||0.972|
 League leaders
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
 All-Star Game
The American League lost the forty-third midsummer classic at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, July 25, 1972 by a score of 4 to 3 in 10 innings. The league's manager was Earl Weaver.
The American League Championship Series, featured the Detroit Tigers, the Eastern Division winner, and the Oakland Athletics, the Western Division winner. The Athletics defeated the Tigers, 3 games to 2.
 Award winners
The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Dick Allen, a first baseman with the Chicago White Sox. In the award's voting, he had 321 out of a possible 336 points and 21 first place votes.
The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Carlton Fisk, a catcher with the Boston Red Sox. In the award's voting, he had 24 out of a possible 24 points and 24 first place votes.
 Gold Gloves
The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.
 Hall of Fame Game
The thirtieth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 7 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League by a score of 8 to 3.
 Notable events