1872 in baseball
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National Association final standings
|4th||Mutual (New York)||34||20||.630||8.5|
|6th||Forest City (Cleveland)||6||15||.286||20|
|AVG||Ross Barnes BOS||.432|
|HR||Lip Pike BAL||6|
|RBI||Lip Pike BAL||60|
|Wins||Albert Spalding BOS||38|
|ERA||Albert Spalding BOS||1.98|
|Strikeouts||Bobby Mathews BAL||55|
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- March 4 – At its annual convention being held in Cleveland, the NA adopts a rule change to allow the use of the wrist in the pitching delivery.
- April 22 – Candy Cummings makes his debut with Mutual of New York.
- April 26 – "Orator" Jim O'Rourke makes his debut with the Mansfield club of Middletown.
- May 24 – The Olympic Club of Washington play their last game before dropping out of the NA. Poor talent and financial difficulties combine to do in the Olympics.
- May 29 – Despite not having a team in the league in 1872, the city of Chicago hosts its first NA game since the Great Chicago Fire as Lord Baltimore defeats Forest City in front of 4,000 fans.
- June 26 – The National B.B.C. of Washington, with an 0–11 record, disbands after losing 9–1 to Lord Baltimore.
- July 6 – Sporting a 22–1 record, Harry Wright takes the Boston club on vacation to an island in Boston Harbor.
- July 9 – Eckford of Brooklyn commit 13 errors in their 15–3 loss to Union of Troy. It is the fewest errors committed by the 0–11 Eckfords in a game thus far this season.
- July 23 – Despite a winning record, the Union Club of Troy disbands due to financial problems. Half of the "Haymakers'" roster will move to Eckford of Brooklyn, which saves them from dropping out of the NA.
- July 26 – In an emergency meeting, the NA revises their scheduling requirements from 5 to 9 games versus each opponent competing for the championship. This is in response to the number of teams that have disbanded and comes 3 days after the first-division Union of Troy had called it quits.
- August 13 – The Mansfield Club of Middletown, CT announce that they have disbanded and drop out of the NA.
- August 19 – Forest City of Cleveland disband the club after a loss to Boston. This drops the number of teams still playing in the NA to 6.
- September 1 – Al Thake, left-fielder batting .295 for Atlantic, drowns in New York harbor after falling from a fishing boat. Thake is the first active major league ballplayer to die. (But Elmer White, active in 1871, had died in winter.)
- January 12 – Togie Pittinger
- February 3 – Lou Criger
- March 3 – Willie Keeler
- March 24 – Kip Selbach
- May [?] – John Wood
- May 10 – Klondike Douglass
- May 16 – John O'Connell
- May 23 – Deacon Phillippe
- June 14 – Doc Parker
- August 6 – Sam Mertes
- August 15 – Silk O'Loughlin
- August 15 – John Warner
- August 18 – Eddie Hickey
- September 5 – Al Orth
- September 18 – Lord Byron
- September 20 – Joe Berry
- September 25 – Fred Odwell
- October 3 – Fred Clarke
- October 6 – Jack Dunn
- December 5 – Pink Hawley
- December 9 – Cy Seymour
- December 25 – Ted Lewis
|Date||Individual's death date|
|Age||Age at death|
|Cause||Cause of death|
|Cemetery||Place individual is interred|
|City/State||City and state of burial|
|Seasons||Seasons in which individual appeared|
|Teams||Teams the individual played for or managed|
|March 17||Elmer White||21||Unknown||Elmwood Cemetery||Caton, New York||1871||Cleveland Forest Citys|||
|September 1||Al Thake||22||Drowning||Green-Wood Cemetery||Brooklyn, New York||1872||Brooklyn Atlantics|||
- Ryczek, William J. (1992). Blackguards and Red Stockings; A History of Baseball's National Association 1871–1875. Wallingford, Connecticut: Colebrook Press ISBN 0-9673718-0-5
- Nemec, David (1997). The Great Encyclopedia of 19th-Century Major League Baseball. New York: Donald I. Fine Books ISBN 1-55611-500-8