1972 New York Yankees season
|1972 New York Yankees|
|Berra and Dickey's Number Retired|
|Major League affiliations|
|Local television||Phil Rizzuto, Frank Messer, Bill White)|
(Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bill White)
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The 1972 New York Yankees season was the 70th season for the Yankees in New York, and the 72nd season overall. The team finished with a record of 79-76, finishing 6½ games behind the Detroit Tigers. New York was managed by Ralph Houk. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Awards and honors
- 5 Farm system
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- October 13, 1971: Jim Lyttle was traded by the Yankees to the Chicago White Sox for Rich Hinton.
- December 2, 1971: Stan Bahnsen was traded by the Yankees to the Chicago White Sox for Rich McKinney.
- December 2, 1971: Terry Ley and Gary Jones were traded by the Yankees to the Texas Rangers for Bernie Allen.
- January 20, 1972: The Yankees traded a player to be named later to the Chicago Cubs for Johnny Callison. The Yankees completed the deal by sending Jack Aker to the Cubs on May 17.
- February 2, 1972: Hal Lanier was purchased by the Yankees from the San Francisco Giants.
- March 22, 1972: Danny Cater and a player to be named later were traded by the Yankees to the Boston Red Sox for Sparky Lyle. The Yankees completed the deal by sending Mario Guerrero to the Red Sox on June 30.
- March 31, 1972: Frank Tepedino was purchased by the Yankees from the Milwaukee Brewers.
|Yogi Berra's number 8 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1972.|
|Bill Dickey's number 8 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1972.|
- Felipe Alou achieved two milestones in 1972. He got the 2,000th Hit of his career and got the 200th Home Run of his career.
- Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio were at Yankee Stadium for Old-Timers' Day on July 22, 1972. The event at the stadium brought together some of the greatest living Yankees and included an exhibition game featuring retired players.
|Boston Red Sox||85||70||0.5||.548|
|New York Yankees||79||76||6.5||.510|
- June 6, 1972: 1972 Major League Baseball Draft
- September 7, 1972: Rich Hinton was purchased from the Yankees by the Texas Rangers.
|1972 New York Yankees|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|C||Munson, ThurmanThurman Munson||140||511||143||.280||7||46|
|1B||Blomberg, RonRon Blomberg||107||299||80||.268||14||49|
|2B||Clarke, HoraceHorace Clarke||147||547||132||.241||3||37|
|3B||Sanchez, CelerinoCelerino Sanchez||71||250||62||.248||0||22|
|SS||Michael, GeneGene Michael||126||391||91||.233||1||32|
|LF||White, RoyRoy White||155||556||150||.270||10||54|
|CF||Murcer, BobbyBobby Murcer||153||585||171||.292||33||96|
|RF||Callison, JohnnyJohnny Callison||95||275||71||.258||9||34|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|Alou, FelipeFelipe Alou||120||324||90||.278||6||37|
|Allen, BernieBernie Allen||84||220||50||.227||9||21|
|McKinney, RichRich McKinney||37||121||26||.215||1||7|
|Lanier, HalHal Lanier||60||103||22||.214||0||6|
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Peterson, FritzFritz Peterson||35||250⅓||17||15||3.24||100|
|Stottlemyre, MelMel Stottlemyre||36||260||14||18||3.22||110|
|Kekich, MikeMike Kekich||29||175⅓||10||13||3.70||78|
|Kline, SteveSteve Kline||32||236⅓||16||9||2.40||58|
|Gardner, RobRob Gardner||20||97||8||5||3.06||58|
|Hinton, RichRich Hinton||7||16.2||1||0||4.86|
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Lyle, SparkySparky Lyle||59||9||5||35||1.92||75|
|Beene, FredFred Beene||29||1||3||3||2.34||37|
|Blasingame, WadeWade Blasingame||12||0||1||0||4.24||7|
|Aker, JackJack Aker||4||0||0||0||3.00||1|
|Closter, AlAl Closter||2||0||0||0||11.57||2|
|Blateric, SteveSteve Blateric||1||0||0||0||0.00||4|
Awards and honors
- Sparky Lyle, American League leader, Saves (35)
- Bobby Murcer, American League leader, Runs (102) 
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: West Haven
- Rich Hinton page at Baseball Reference
- Rich McKinney page at Baseball Reference
- Bernie Allen page at Baseball Reference
- Johnny Callison page at Baseball Reference
- Hal Lanier page at Baseball Reference
- Danny Cater page at Baseball Reference
- Frank Tepedino page at Baseball Reference
- Mickey Klutts page at Baseball Reference
- Bob Kammeyer page at Baseball Reference
- Yankee for Life, Bobby Murcer and Glen Waggoner, p. 68, Harper Collins, 2008, New York, ISBN 978-0-06-147342-5
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007