1972 Pittsburgh Pirates Season
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1972 Pittsburgh Pirates Season

1972 Pittsburgh Pirates
1972 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record96-59 (.619)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)John W. Galbreath (majority shareholder); Bing Crosby, Thomas P. Johnson (minority shareholders)
General manager(s)Joe L. Brown
Manager(s)Bill Virdon
Local televisionKDKA-TV
Bob Prince, Nellie King
Local radioKDKA
Bob Prince, Nellie King
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The 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 91st season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 86th in the National League. The defending World Series champion Pirates finished first in the National League East with an MLB-best record of 96-59. The team was defeated three games to two by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1972 National League Championship Series. Despite losing the series, the Pirates put up a good fight, unlike the last time the two teams met in the playoffs. In game 5, the Pirates led 3-2 in the 9th inning, and were 3 outs away from pulling off a major upset over the Reds. All looked good until the Pirates collapsed in the 9th inning and allowed 2 runs to score, with the walkoff run coming on a wild pitch.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 96 59 0.619 -- 49-29 47-30
Chicago Cubs 85 70 0.548 11 46-31 39-39
New York Mets 83 73 0.532 13½ 41-37 42-36
St. Louis Cardinals 75 81 0.481 21½ 40-37 35-44
Montreal Expos 70 86 0.449 26½ 35-43 35-43
Philadelphia Phillies 59 97 0.378 37½ 28-51 31-46

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta -- 5-7-1 9-9 7-7 7-8 4-8 7-5 6-6 6-6 6-11 7-11 6-6
Chicago 7-5-1 -- 8-4 3-9 8-4 10-5 10-8 10-7 3-12 9-3 7-5 10-8
Cincinnati 9-9 4-8 -- 11-6 9-5 8-4 8-4 10-2 8-4 8-10 10-5 10-2
Houston 7-7 9-3 6-11 -- 7-11 8-4 6-6 9-3 3-9 12-2 13-5 4-8
Los Angeles 8-7 4-8 5-9 11-7 -- 6-6 7-5 7-5 7-5 13-5 9-9 8-4
Montreal 8-4 5-10 4-8 4-8 6-6 -- 6-12 10-6 6-12 6-6 6-6 9-8
New York 5-7 8-10 4-8 6-6 5-7 12-6 -- 13-5 8-6 7-5 8-4 7-9
Philadelphia 6-6 7-10 2-10 3-9 5-7 6-10 5-13 -- 5-13 6-6 6-6 8-7
Pittsburgh 6-6 12-3 4-8 9-3 5-7 12-6 6-8 13-5 -- 10-2 9-3 10-8
San Diego 11-6 3-9 10-8 2-12 5-13 6-6 5-7 6-6 2-10 -- 4-10 4-8
San Francisco 11-7 5-7 5-10 5-13 9-9 6-6 4-8 6-6 3-9 10-4 -- 5-7
St. Louis 6-6 8-10 2-10 8-4 4-8 8-9 9-7 7-8 8-10 8-4 7-5 --

Detailed records

Game log

Opening Day lineup

[5]

Notable transactions

Roster

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Manny Sanguillén 136 520 155 .298 7 71
1B Willie Stargell 138 495 145 .293 33 112
2B Dave Cash 99 425 120 .282 3 30
SS Gene Alley 119 347 86 .248 3 36
3B Richie Hebner 124 427 128 .300 19 72
LF Vic Davalillo 117 368 117 .318 4 28
CF Al Oliver 140 565 176 .312 12 89
RF Roberto Clemente 102 378 118 .312 10 60

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Rennie Stennett 109 370 106 .286 3 30
Gene Clines 107 311 104 .334 0 17
Bob Robertson 115 306 59 .193 12 41
Jackie Hernández 72 176 33 .188 1 14
Milt May 57 139 39 .281 0 14
José Pagán 53 127 32 .252 3 8
Bill Mazeroski 34 64 12 .188 0 3
Richie Zisk 17 37 7 .189 0 4
Chuck Goggin 5 7 2 .286 0 0
Frank Taveras 4 3 0 .000 0 0
Fernando González 3 2 0 .000 0 0
Charlie Sands 1 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Steve Blass 33 249.2 19 8 2.49 117
Bob Moose 31 226 13 10 2.91 144
Nelson Briles 28 195.2 14 11 3.08 120
Dock Ellis 25 163.1 15 7 2.70 96
Bruce Kison 32 152 9 7 3.26 102

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bob Johnson 31 115.2 4 4 2.96 79
Luke Walker 26 92.2 4 6 3.40 48
Bob Veale 5 9 0 0 6.00 6
Gene Garber 4 6.1 0 0 7.11 3
Jim McKee 2 5 1 0 0.00 4

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Dave Giusti 54 7 4 22 1.93 54
Ramón Hernández 53 5 0 14 1.67 47
Bob Miller 36 5 2 3 2.65 18

National League Championship Series

Awards and honors

1972 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Salem, Niagara Falls

Notes

  1. ^ From 1882-1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ Bill Virdon
  3. ^ Larry Demery at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ José Martínez at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ 1972 Opening Day lineup at "Baseball-Almanac"
  6. ^ John Candelaria at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Ken Macha at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Willie Randolph at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Bob Veale at Baseball Almanac

References

  • 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Reference
  • 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Almanac
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.

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