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1972 Oakland Athletics season

The 1972 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's winning the American League West with a record of 93 wins and 62 losses. In the playoffs, they defeated the Detroit Tigers in a five-game ALCS, followed by a seven-game World Series, in which they defeated the Cincinnati Reds for their first World Championship since 1930, when the club was in Philadelphia.

Offseason

Round 9: Rich Dauer (did not sign)
Round 10: Bob Lacey

Regular season

In 1972, the A's began wearing solid green or solid gold jerseys, with contrasting white pants, at a time when most other teams wore all-white uniforms at home and all-grey ones on the road. Similar to more colorful amateur softball uniforms, they were considered a radical departure for their time.

Furthermore, in conjunction with a Moustache Day promotion, Finley offered $500 to any player who grew a moustache by Father's Day, at a time when every other team forbade facial hair. When Father's Day arrived, every member of the team collected a bonus.

Changing the nickname

The nickname "A's" has long been used interchangeably with "Athletics", dating to the team's early days when headline writers wanted a way to shorten the name. Starting in 1972, the team nickname was officially "Oakland A's." The Commissioner's Trophy, given out annually to the winner of baseball's World Series, still listed the team's name as the "Oakland Athletics" on the gold-plated pennant representing the Oakland franchise. According to Bill Libby's Book, Charlie O and the Angry A's, owner Charlie O. Finley banned the word "Athletics" from the club's name because he felt that name was too closely associated with former Philadelphia Athletics owner Connie Mack, and he wanted the name "Oakland A's" to become just as closely associated with himself. The name also vaguely suggested the name of the old minor league Oakland Oaks, which were alternatively called the "Acorns".

Season standings

AL West W L GB Pct.
Oakland Athletics 93 62 -- .600
Chicago White Sox 87 67 5.5 .565
Minnesota Twins 77 77 15.5 .500
Kansas City Royals 76 78 16.5 .494
California Angels 75 80 18 .484
Texas Rangers 54 100 38.5 .351

Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Round 1: Chet Lemon
Round 9: Dennis Littlejohn (did not sign)[10]
Round 12: Chris Batton[11]
Round 15: Bob Pate (did not play)

Roster

1972 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

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 Duncan, DaveDave Duncan 121 403 88 .218 19 59
1B Epstein, MikeMike Epstein 138 455 123 .270 26 70
2B Cullen, TimTim Cullen 72 142 37 .261 0 15
3B Bando, SalSal Bando 152 535 126 .236 15 77
SS Campaneris, BertBert Campaneris 149 625 150 .240 8 32
LF Rudi, JoeJoe Rudi 147 593 181 .305 19 75
CF Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson 135 499 132 .265 25 75
RF Mangual, ÁngelÁngel Mangual 91 272 67 .246 5 32

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
Brown, LarryLarry Brown 47 142 26 .183 0 4
Martínez, MartyMarty Martínez 22 40 5 .125 0 1
Brooks, BobbyBobby Brooks 15 39 7 .179 0 5
Alyea, BrantBrant Alyea 20 31 6 .194 1 2

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
Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter 38 295.1 21 7 2.04 191
Holtzman, KenKen Holtzman 39 265.1 19 11 2.51 134
Odom, Blue MoonBlue Moon Odom 31 194.1 15 6 2.50 86
Blue, VidaVida Blue 25 151 6 10 2.80 111
McLain, DennyDenny McLain 5 22.1 1 2 6.04 8

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
Hamilton, DaveDave Hamilton 25 101.1 6 6 2.93 55
Horlen, JoeJoe Horlen 32 84 3 4 3.00 58
Seguí, DiegoDiego Seguí 7 22.2 0 1 3.57 11

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
Fingers, RollieRollie Fingers 65 11 9 21 2.51 113
Locker, BobBob Locker 56 6 1 10 2.65 47
Knowles, DaroldDarold Knowles 54 5 1 11 1.37 36
Shaw, DonDon Shaw 3 0 1 0 16.88 4
Kilkenny, MikeMike Kilkenny 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

Postseason

ALCS

Game 1

October 7, 1972 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Detroit 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 2
Oakland 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 10 1
W: Rollie Fingers (1-0)   L: Mickey Lolich (0-1)   
HR: DETNorm Cash (1), Al Kaline (1)

Game 2

October 8, 1972 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Oakland 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 X 5 8 0
W: Blue Moon Odom (1-0)   L: Woodie Fryman (0-1)   
HR: None

Game 3

October 10, 1972 at Tiger Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Detroit 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 X 3 8 1
W: Joe Coleman (1-0)   L: Ken Holtzman (0-1)   
HR: DETBill Freehan (1)

Game 4

October 11, 1972 at Tiger Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 9 2
Detroit 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 10 1
W: John Hiller (1-0)   L: Bob Locker (0-1)  
HR: OAKMike Epstein (1) DETDick McAuliffe (1)

Game 5

October 12, 1972 at Tiger Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
Detroit 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
W: Blue Moon Odom (2-0)   L: Woodie Fryman (0-2)   S: Vida Blue (1)
HR: None

World Series

Main article: 1972 World Series

In 1972, the A's won their first league pennant since 1931 and faced the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. The A's seven-game victory over the heavily favored Reds gave the team its first World Series Championship since 1930.

Of the four wins against the Reds, three of them occurred in Cincinnati, and all four Series victories were by a single run. Gene Tenace hit four home runs and drove in nine runs to power the A's offense, and was named the series Most Valuable Player.

Composite Box

1972 World Series (4-3): Oakland Athletics (A.L.) over Cincinnati Reds (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland Athletics 1 6 1 1 3 2 0 0 2 16 46 9
Cincinnati Reds 1 1 0 3 3 1 6 4 2 21 46 5
Total Attendance: 363,149   Average Attendance: 51,878
Winning Player’s Share: – $20,705,   Losing Player’s Share – $15,080 *Includes Playoffs and World Series

Awards and honors

League leaders

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Oaks American Association Sherm Lollar
AA Birmingham A's Southern League Phil Cavarretta
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Harry Bright
Short-Season A Coos Bay-North Bend A's Northwest League Grover Resinger

References

External links

San Francisco Bay Area portal
  • 1972 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1972 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
Oakland Athletics
1971
AL West Championship Season
1972
Succeeded by
Oakland Athletics
1973
Preceded by
Baltimore Orioles
1971
American League Champions
1972
Succeeded by
Oakland Athletics
1973

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