1972 Cleveland Indians season

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1972 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Vernon Stouffer
General manager(s) Gabe Paul
Manager(s) Ken Aspromonte
Local television WJW-TV
Local radio WERE (1300)
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The 1972 Cleveland Indians season was the 72nd in franchise history. The team finished fifth in the American League East with a record of 72-86, 14 games behind the Detroit Tigers.

Offseason[edit]

George Steinbrenner offer[edit]

On December 6, 1971, George Steinbrenner led a group of investors (including Ted Bonda, Ed Jeffrey, Howard Metzenbaum, Steve O'Neill, Gabe Paul and Al Rosen) that negotiated with Jim Stouffer, the son of Indians owner Vernon Stouffer about the potential purchase of the franchise. The group offered $8.6 million and agreed to absorb $300,000 in debt (Stouffer borrowed against the Indians television contract for 1972).[1] Although Steinbrenner and Jim Stouffer agreed to a sale, Vernon Stouffer disapproved of the deal. He felt that he was able of getting $10 million for the franchise.[2]

Notable transactions[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L GB Pct.
Detroit Tigers 86 70 -- .551
Boston Red Sox 85 70 0.5 .548
Baltimore Orioles 80 74 5 .519
New York Yankees 79 76 6.5 .510
Cleveland Indians 72 84 14 .462
Milwaukee Brewers 65 91 21 .417

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1972 Cleveland Indians
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
SS Duffy, FrankFrank Duffy 130 385 92 .239 3 27

Other batters[edit]

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

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Perry, GaylordGaylord Perry 41 342.2 24 16 1.92 234

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Butler, BillBill Butler 6 11.2 0 0 1.54 6

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Ray Hathaway, Clay Bryant
and Dan Carnevale
AA Elmira Pioneers Eastern League Len Johnston
A Reno Silver Sox California League Lou Klimchock
Rookie GCL Indians Gulf Coast League Pinky May

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, p. 6, Bill Madden, Harper Collins Publishing, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-06-169031-0
  2. ^ Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, pp. 6-7
  3. ^ Sam McDowell page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Del Unser page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Adolfo Phillips page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Rick Manning page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Dennis Eckersley page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Rick Langford page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Lowell Palmer page at Baseball-Reference
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

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