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The 1972 season of the National League was the ninety-seventh 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 Pittsburgh Pirates 155 96 59 0 .619 -.- 691 (4.46) 512 (3.30) 0.274 0.324 0.397 2.81 0.978
2 Chicago Cubs 156 85 70 1 .545 11.0 685 (4.39) 567 (3.63) 0.257 0.329 0.387 3.22 0.979
3 New York Mets 156 83 73 0 .532 13.5 528 (3.38) 578 (3.71) 0.225 0.305 0.332 3.26 0.980
4 St. Louis Cardinals 156 75 81 0 .481 21.5 568 (3.64) 600 (3.85) 0.260 0.316 0.355 3.42 0.976
5 Montreal Expos 156 70 86 0 .449 26.5 513 (3.29) 609 (3.90) 0.234 0.298 0.325 3.59 0.978
6 Philadelphia Phillies 156 59 97 0 .378 37.5 503 (3.22) 635 (4.07) 0.236 0.301 0.344 3.66 0.981
Western Division
1 Cincinnati Reds 154 95 59 0 .617 -.- 707 (4.59) 557 (3.62) 0.251 0.329 0.380 3.21 0.982
2 Houston Astros 153 84 69 0 .549 10.5 708 (4.63) 636 (4.16) 0.258 0.325 0.393 3.77 0.981
3 Los Angeles Dodgers 155 85 70 0 .548 10.5 584 (3.77) 527 (3.40) 0.256 0.318 0.360 2.78 0.974
4 Atlanta Braves 155 70 84 1 .452 25.0 628 (4.05) 730 (4.71) 0.258 0.326 0.382 4.27 0.974
5 San Francisco Giants 155 69 86 0 .445 26.5 662 (4.27) 649 (4.19) 0.244 0.308 0.384 3.69 0.974
6 San Diego Padres 153 58 95 0 .379 36.5 488 (3.19) 665 (4.35) 0.227 0.283 0.332 3.78 0.976

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 154
At Bats Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 645
Runs Scored Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds 122
Hits Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 198
Doubles Cesar Cedeno
Willie Montanez
Houston Astros
Philadelphia Phillies
39
Triples Larry Bowa Philadelphia Phillies 13
Home Runs Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds 40
Total Bases Billy Williams Chicago Cubs 348
Runs Batted In Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds 125
Stolen Bases Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals 63
Caught Stealing Cesar Cedeno Houston Astros 21
Walks Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds 115
Intentional Base-on-Balls Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds 23
Hit by Pitch Ron Hunt Montreal Expos 26
Strikeouts Lee May Houston Astros 145
Sacrifice Hits Larry Bowa Philadelphia Phillies 18
Sacrifice Flies Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds 12
Grounded into Double Plays Marty Perez Atlanta Braves 21
Batting Average Billy Williams Chicago Cubs 0.333
On-Base Percentage Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds 0.417
Slugging Percentage Billy Williams Chicago Cubs 0.606
On-Base plus Slugging Billy Williams Chicago Cubs 1.004
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Billy Williams Chicago Cubs 170

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 27
Losses Steve Arlin San Diego Padres 21
Win-Loss Percentage Gary Nolan Cincinnati Reds 0.750
Appearances Clay Carroll
Mike Marshall
Cincinnati Reds
Montreal Expos
65
Games Started Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 41
Complete Games Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 30
Shutouts Don Sutton Los Angeles Dodgers 9
Games Finished Mike Marshall Montreal Expos 56
Saves Clay Carroll Cincinnati Reds 37
Innings Pitched Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 346.1
Batters Faced Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 1351
Hits Allowed Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 257
Home Runs Allowed Fergie Jenkins Chicago Cubs 32
Base-on-Balls Allowed Steve Arlin San Diego Padres 122
Intentional Base-on-Balls Steve Arlin San Diego Padres 15
Hit Batsmen Jerry Reuss Houston Astros 10
Strikeouts Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 310
Wild Pitches Steve Arlin San Diego Padres 15
Balks Balor Moore
Phil Niekro
Montreal Expos
Atlanta Braves
3
Runs Allowed Reggie Cleveland St. Louis Cardinals 120
Earned Runs Allowed Fergie Jenkins Chicago Cubs 103
Earned Run Average Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 1.97
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Don Sutton Los Angeles Dodgers 0.913

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League won 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 Danny Murtaugh.

[edit] Postseason

The National League Championship Series, featured Pittsburgh Pirates, the Eastern Division winner, and the Cincinnati Reds, the Western Division winner. The Reds defeated the Pirates, 3 games to 2.

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

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Johnny Bench, a catcher with the Cincinnati Reds. In the award's voting, he had 263 out of a possible 336 points and 11 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies. In the award's voting, he had 120 out of a possible 120 points and 24 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Jon Matlack, a pitcher with the New York Mets. In the award's voting, he had 19 out of a possible 24 points and 19 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 Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals
C Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
1B Wes Parker Los Angeles Dodgers
2B Felix Millan Atlanta Braves
3B Larry Bowa Philadelphia Phillies
SS Doug Rader Houston Astros
OF Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
Cesar Cedeno Houston Astros
Willie Davis Los Angeles Dodgers

[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 National League's Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the New York Yankees of the American League by a score of 8 to 3.

[edit] Notable events

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