1972 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1972 Pittsburgh Pirates
1972 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 96–59 (.619)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Galbreath (majority shareholder); Bing Crosby, Thomas P. Johnson (minority shareholders)
General manager(s) Joe L. Brown
Manager(s) Bill Virdon
Local television KDKA-TV
Bob Prince, Nellie King
Local radio KDKA
Bob Prince, Nellie King
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The 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 91st season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 86th in the National League. The defending World Series champion Pirates finished first in the National League East with a record of 96–59. The team was defeated three games to two by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1972 National League Championship Series. Despite losing the series, the Pirates put up a good fight, unlike the last time the two teams met in the playoffs. In game 5, the Pirates led 3-2 in the 9th inning, and were 3 outs away from pulling off a major upset over the Reds. All looked good until the Pirates collapsed in the 9th inning and allowed 2 runs to score, with the walk off run coming on a wild pitch.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 96 59 0.619 49–29 47–30
Chicago Cubs 85 70 0.548 11 46–31 39–39
New York Mets 83 73 0.532 13½ 41–37 42–36
St. Louis Cardinals 75 81 0.481 21½ 40–37 35–44
Montreal Expos 70 86 0.449 26½ 35–43 35–43
Philadelphia Phillies 59 97 0.378 37½ 28–51 31–46


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1972 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7–1 9–9 7–7 7–8 4–8 7–5 6–6 6–6 6–11 7–11 6–6
Chicago 7–5–1 8–4 3–9 8–4 10–5 10–8 10–7 3–12 9–3 7–5 10–8
Cincinnati 9–9 4–8 11–6 9–5 8–4 8–4 10–2 8–4 8–10 10–5 10–2
Houston 7–7 9–3 6–11 7–11 8–4 6–6 9–3 3–9 12–2 13–5 4–8
Los Angeles 8–7 4–8 5–9 11–7 6–6 7–5 7–5 7–5 13–5 9–9 8–4
Montreal 8–4 5–10 4–8 4–8 6–6 6–12 10–6 6–12 6–6 6–6 9–8
New York 5–7 8–10 4–8 6–6 5–7 12–6 13–5 8–6 7–5 8–4 7–9
Philadelphia 6-6 7–10 2–10 3–9 5–7 6–10 5–13 5–13 6–6 6–6 8–7
Pittsburgh 6–6 12–3 4–8 9–3 5–7 12–6 6–8 13–5 10–2 9–3 10–8
San Diego 11–6 3–9 10–8 2–12 5–13 6–6 5–7 6–6 2–10 4–10 4–8
San Francisco 11–7 5–7 5–10 5–13 9–9 6–6 4–8 6–6 3–9 10–4 5–7
St. Louis 6–6 8–10 2–10 8–4 4–8 8–9 9–7 7–8 8–10 8–4 7–5

Detailed records[edit]

Game log[edit]

1972 Game Log: 96–59 (Home: 49–29; Away: 47–30)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Rennie Stennett 2B
Al Oliver CF
Roberto Clemente RF
Willie Stargell LF
Richie Hebner 3B
Manny Sanguillén C
Bob Robertson 1B
Jackie Hernández SS
Dock Ellis SP

[5]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1972 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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
C Manny Sanguillén 136 520 155 .298 7 71
1B Willie Stargell 138 495 145 .293 33 112
2B Dave Cash 99 425 120 .282 3 30
SS Gene Alley 119 347 86 .248 3 36
3B Richie Hebner 124 427 128 .300 19 72
LF Vic Davalillo 117 368 117 .318 4 28
CF Al Oliver 140 565 176 .312 12 89
RF Roberto Clemente 102 378 118 .312 10 60

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
Rennie Stennett 109 370 106 .286 3 30
Bob Robertson 115 306 59 .193 12 41
Gene Clines 107 311 104 .334 0 17
Jackie Hernandez 72 176 33 .188 1 14
Milt May 57 139 39 .281 0 14
José Pagán 53 127 32 .252 3 8
Bill Mazeroski 34 64 12 .188 0 3
Richie Zisk 17 37 7 .189 0 4
Chuck Goggin 5 7 2 .286 0 0
Frank Taveras 4 3 0 .000 0 0
Fernando González 3 2 0 .000 0 0
Charlie Sands 1 1 0 .000 0 0

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
Steve Blass 33 249.2 19 8 2.49 117
Bob Moose 31 226 13 10 2.91 144
Nelson Briles 28 195.2 14 11 3.08 120
Dock Ellis 25 163.1 15 7 2.70 96
Bruce Kison 32 152 9 7 3.26 102

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
Bob Johnson 31 115.2 4 4 2.96 79
Luke Walker 26 92.2 4 6 3.40 48
Bob Veale 5 9 0 0 6.00 6
Gene Garber 4 6.1 0 0 7.11 3
Jim McKee 2 5 1 0 0.00 4

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
Dave Giusti 54 7 4 22 1.93 54
Ramon Hernandez 53 5 0 14 1.67 47
Bob Miller 36 5 2 3 2.65 18

National League Championship Series[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

1972 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charleston Charlies International League Red Davis
AA Sherbrooke Pirates Eastern League Steve Demeter
A Salem Pirates Carolina League Tim Murtaugh
A Gastonia Pirates Western Carolinas League Tom Saffell
A-Short Season Niagara Falls Pirates New York–Penn League Chuck Cottier
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Ed Napoleon

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Salem, Niagara Falls

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ Bill Virdon
  3. ^ Larry Demery at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ José Martínez at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ 1972 Opening Day lineup at "Baseball-Almanac"
  6. ^ John Candelaria at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Ken Macha at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Willie Randolph at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Bob Veale at Baseball Almanac

References[edit]

  • 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Reference
  • 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Almanac
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.