1972 International League season
The 1972 International League season was the 87th in the league's history, and ended with the Tidewater Tides winning their first Governors' Cup in franchise history. The Tides would go on to finish third in the World Baseball Championship. Due to the short time frame between the end of the regular season and the start of the Championship, the first round of the playoffs was shortened to a best-of-three series.
The league expanded its regular season to 144 games, and the Winnipeg Whips moved to Hampton, VA to become the Peninsula Whips. This would be the last year for the Louisville Colonels despite winning the IL pennant.
Playoff teams in bold.
|Louisville Colonels||81||63||.563||-||Darrell Johnson||Boston Red Sox|
|Charleston Charlies||80||64||.556||1||Red Davis||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Tidewater Tides||78||65||.545||2½||Hank Bauer||New York Mets|
|Rochester Red Wings||76||68||.528||5||Joe Altobelli||Baltimore Orioles|
|Toledo Mud Hens||75||69||.521||6||Johnny Lipon||Detroit Tigers|
|Richmond Braves||65||78||.455||15½||Clyde King||Atlanta Braves|
|Syracuse Chiefs||64||80||.444||17||Frank Verdi||New York Yankees|
|Peninsula Whips||56||88||.389||25||Bill Adair||Montreal Expos|
|First Round||Governors' Cup Finals|
|4||Rochester Red Wings||1|
Governor's Cup Finals
- Batting Average Al Bumbry, Rochester, .345
- Runs Scored Pepe Mangual, Peninsula, 91
- Hits Cecil Cooper, Louisville, 162
- Doubles Cooper, 31
- Triples Bumbry, 15
- Home Runs Richie Zisk, Charleston, 26
- Runs Batted In Dwight Evans, Louisville, 95
- Stolen Bases Mangual, 39
- Wins Craig Skok, Louisville, 15
- Earned Run Average Gene Garber, Charleston, 2.26
- Complete Games Garber and Harry Parker, Tidewater, 13
- Shutouts Parker, 5
- Strikeouts Jim McKee, Charleston, 159
- Saves Dick Colpaert, Charleston, 21
- First Base Cecil Cooper, Louisville
- Second Base Chuck Goggin, Charleston
- Shortstop Mario Guerrero, Louisville and Syracuse
- Third Base Tom Matchick, Rochester
- Outfield Al Bumbry, Rochester; Dwight Evans, Louisville; Richie Zisk, Charleston
- Catcher Vic Correll, Louisville
- Pitcher Gene Garber, Charleston; Craig Skok, Louisville
- Manager Hank Bauer, Tidewater
Jim Mandelaro and Scott Pitoniak. Silver Seasons. Syracuse University Press, 1995.
Brian Bennett, On A Silver Diamond: The Story Of Rochester Community Baseball from 1956-1996. Triphammer Publishing, 1997.
1973 Baseball Guide