1972 National League
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|1972 National League|
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The 1972 season of the National League was the ninety-seventh season of the league.
- 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||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|
|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|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Player of the Month Award
- April: Don Sutton, Los Angeles Dodgers
- May: Bob Watson, Houston Astros
- June: Cesar Cedeno, Houston Astros
- July: Billy Williams, Chicago Cubs
- August: Ken Henderson, San Francisco Giants
- September: none
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.
- Ken Burkhart
- Nick Colosi
- Shag Crawford
- Jerry Dale
- Satch Davidson
- Augie Donatelli
- Bob Engel
- Bruce Froemming
- Tom Gorman
- Doug Harvey
- John Kibler
- Stan Landes
- John McSherry
- Andy Olsen
- Chris Pelekoudas
- Paul Pryor
- Frank Pulli
- Mel Steiner
- Dick Stello
- Ed Sudol
- Ed Vargo
- Harry Wendelstedt
- Lee Weyer
- Art Williams
- Bill Williams
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