1972 Philadelphia Phillies season

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1972 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr.
General manager(s) John Quinn, Paul Owens
Manager(s) Frank Lucchesi, Paul Owens
Local television WPHL-TV
Local radio WCAU
(By Saam, Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn)
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The 1972 Philadelphia Phillies season saw the team finish with a record of 59-97, last place in the National League East.

Offseason[edit]

The Phils made perhaps the best trade in their history on February 25, when Rick Wise was having contract problems with the Phils and Steve Carlton was having the same problems with the St. Louis Cardinals, the teams traded headaches. Carlton went on to win four Cy Young Awards and Wise went on to a decent career. Carlton won his first Cy Young Award that year on a last-place team that won only 59 games. Carlton was 27-10; the team was 32-87 when the southpaw wasn't involved in the decision. No pitcher in the 20th century has won as high a proportion of his team's victories (45.8%). Carlton also led the N.L. in ERA (1.97), strikeouts (310) and innings pitched (346). He might have won 30 if not for the players' strike that delayed the opening for the season for 10 days.

Notable transactions[edit]

Regular season[edit]

During the season, Steve Carlton became the last pitcher to win at least 25 games in one season for the Phillies in the 20th century.[4]

On July 10, manager Frank Lucchesi was fired with the team at 26-50. Paul Owens, who had been promoted from farm director to GM a month earlier, became manager as well.

The Padres came close to a no-hitter against the Phillies on July 18, 1972; Steve Arlin came within one out before a ninth-inning two-out single by Denny Doyle broke up the bid.

Mike Schmidt made his major league debut on September 12.[5]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L GB Pct.
Pittsburgh Pirates 96 59 0 .619
Chicago Cubs 85 70 11 .548
New York Mets 83 73 13.5 .532
St. Louis Cardinals 75 81 21.5 .481
Montreal Expos 70 86 26.5 .449
Philadelphia Phillies 59 97 37.5 .378


Notable transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Roster[edit]

1972 Philadelphia Phillies
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
1B Hutton, TommyTommy Hutton 134 381 99 .260 4 38
RF Freed, RogerRoger Freed 73 129 29 .225 6 18

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
Lis, JoeJoe Lis 62 140 34 .243 6 18
Ryan, MikeMike Ryan 46 106 19 .179 2 10
Stone, RonRon Stone 41 54 9 .167 0 3
Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt 13 34 7 .206 1 3

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
Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton 41 346.1 27 10 1.97 310
Reynolds, KenKen Reynolds 33 154.1 2 15 4.26 87
Champion, BillBill Champion 30 132.2 4 14 5.09 54
Fryman, WoodieWoodie Fryman 23 119.2 4 10 4.36 69
Nash, JimJim Nash 9 37.1 0 8 6.27 15
Downs, DaveDave Downs 4 23 1 1 2.74 5

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
Brandon, BuckyBucky Brandon 42 104.1 7 7 3.45 67
Lersch, BarryBarry Lersch 36 100.2 4 6 3.04 48
Neibauer, GaryGary Neibauer 9 18.2 0 2 5.30 7

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
Scarce, MacMac Scarce 31 1 2 4 3.44 40
Hoerner, JoeJoe Hoerner 15 0 2 3 2.08 12

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Eugene Emeralds Pacific Coast League Andy Seminick
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Jim Bunning
A Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League Bob Wellman
Short-Season A Auburn Phillies New York-Penn League Nolan Campbell
Rookie Pulaski Phillies Appalachian League Harry Lloyd

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Spartanburg[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lowell Palmer page at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Steve Carlton page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Ruben Amaro page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 98, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  5. ^ Mike Schmidt page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Andre Thornton page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Woodie Fryman page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Tom Underwood page at Baseball-Reference
  9. ^ Dan Boitano page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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