1972 Major League Baseball strike

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The 1972 Major League Baseball strike was the first players' strike in Major League Baseball history. The strike occurred from April 1, 1972 to April 13, 1972.

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Agreement and number of games missed[edit]

Baseball resumed when the owners and players agreed on a $500,000 increase in pension fund payments. Owners agreed to add salary arbitration to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.[1] The 86 games that were missed over the 13-day period were never played because the league refused to pay the players for the time they were on strike. As a result, the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres each played only 153 games, nine fewer than normal. Most other teams lost anywhere from six to eight games. They also lost $5,000,000.[citation needed]

Major effects from the uneven schedule[edit]

One major effect of the uneven schedule was that the Detroit Tigers played one more game than the Boston Red Sox, and thereby won the American League East Division by 1/2 game over the Red Sox. The Tigers won the division on the next-to-last day of the season when they beat Boston, 3-1, at Tiger Stadium.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baseball - Baseball's Work Stoppages". CNNSI.com. August 8, 2002. Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. 

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