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The 1972 season of the American League was the seventy-second season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

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
Eastern Division
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
Western Division
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

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Ed Brinkman Detroit Tigers 156
At Bats Bert Campaneris Oakland Athletics 625
Runs Scored Bobby Murcer New York Yankees 102
Hits Joe Rudi Oakland Athletics 181
Doubles Lou Piniella Kansas City Royals 33
Triples Carlton Fisk
Joe Rudi
Boston Red Sox
Oakland Athletics
9
Home Runs Dick Allen Chicago White Sox 37
Total Bases Bobby Murcer New York Yankees 314
Runs Batted In Dick Allen Chicago White Sox 113
Stolen Bases Bert Campaneris Oakland Athletics 52
Caught Stealing Dave Nelson Texas Rangers 17
Walks Dick Allen
Roy White
Chicago White Sox
New York Yankees
99
Intentional Base-on-Balls Ed Herrmann Chicago White Sox 19
Hit by Pitch Cesar Tovar Minnesota Twins 14
Strikeouts Bobby Darwin Minnesota Twins 145
Sacrifice Hits Bert Campaneris Oakland Athletics 20
Sacrifice Flies Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox 9
Grounded into Double Plays Lou Piniella Kansas City Royals 25
Batting Average Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 0.318
On-Base Percentage Dick Allen Chicago White Sox 0.420
Slugging Percentage Dick Allen Chicago White Sox 0.603
On-Base plus Slugging Dick Allen Chicago White Sox 1.023
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Dick Allen Chicago White Sox 200

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Gaylord Perry
Wilbur Wood
Cleveland Indians
Chicago White Sox
24
Losses Pat Dobson
Mel Stottlemyre
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
18
Win-Loss Percentage Woodie Fryman Detroit Tigers 0.769
Appearances Paul Lindblad Texas Rangers 66
Games Started Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 49
Complete Games Gaylord Perry Cleveland Indians 29
Shutouts Nolan Ryan California Angels 9
Games Finished Sparky Lyle New York Yankees 56
Saves Sparky Lyle New York Yankees 35
Innings Pitched Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 376.2
Batters Faced Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 1490
Hits Allowed Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 325
Home Runs Allowed Mickey Lolich Detroit Tigers 29
Base-on-Balls Allowed Nolan Ryan California Angels 157
Intentional Base-on-Balls Gaylord Perry Cleveland Indians 16
Hit Batsmen Pete Broberg Texas Rangers 13
Strikeouts Nolan Ryan California Angels 329
Wild Pitches Nolan Ryan California Angels 18
Balks Bruce Dal Canton
Mike Paul
Don Stanhouse
Kansas City Royals
Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers
2
Runs Allowed Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 119
Earned Runs Allowed Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 105
Earned Run Average Luis Tiant Boston Red Sox 1.91
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Roger Nelson Kansas City Royals 0.871

[edit] 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.

[edit] Postseason

The American League Championship Series, featured Detroit Tigers, the Eastern Division winner, and the Oakland Athletics, the Western Division winner. The Athletics defeated the Tigers, 3 games to 2.

In the World Series, the American League champion Oakland Athletics defeated the National League's Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 3.

[edit] 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 Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Gaylord Perry of the Cleveland Indians. In the award's voting, he had 64 out of a possible 120 points and 9 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.

[edit] 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.

Position Player Team
P Jim Kaat Minnesota Twins
C Carlton Fisk Boston Red Sox
1B George Scott Milwaukee Brewers
2B Doug Griffin Boston Red Sox
3B Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
SS Ed Brinkman Detroit Tigers
OF Ken Berry California Angels
Paul Blair Baltimore Orioles
Bobby Murcer New York Yankees

[edit] 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.

[edit] Notable events

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