1972 New York Yankees
LeagueAmerican League
DivisionEast
BallparkYankee Stadium
CityNew York City
OwnersCBS
General managersLee MacPhail
ManagersRalph Houk
TelevisionWPIX
(Phil Rizzuto, Frank Messer, Bill White)
RadioWMCA
(Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bill White)
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The 1972 New York Yankees season was the 70th season for the Yankees. 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.

Offseason

Regular season

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.

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Detroit Tigers 86 70 0.551 44–34 42–36
Boston Red Sox 85 70 0.548 ½ 52–26 33–44
Baltimore Orioles 80 74 0.519 5 38–39 42–35
New York Yankees 79 76 0.510 46–31 33–45
Cleveland Indians 72 84 0.462 14 43–34 29–50
Milwaukee Brewers 65 91 0.417 21 37–42 28–49

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK TEX
Baltimore 7–11 6–6 8–4 8–10 10–8 6–6 10–5 6–6 7–6 6–6 6–6
Boston 11–7 8–4 6–6 8–7 5–9 6–6 11–7 4–8 9–9 9–3 8–4
California 6–6 4–8 7–11 8–4 5–7 9–6 7–5 7–8 4–8 8–10 10–7
Chicago 4–8 6–6 11–7 8–4 5–7 8–9 9–3 8–6 7–5 7–8 14–4
Cleveland 10–8 7–8 4–8 4–8 10–8 6–6 5–10 8–4 7–11 2–10 9–3
Detroit 8–10 9–5 7–5 7–5 8–10 7–5 10–8 9–3 7–9 4–8 10–2
Kansas City 6–6 6–6 6–9 9–8 6–6 5–7 7–5 9–9 7–5 7–11 8–6
Milwaukee 5–10 7–11 5–7 3–9 10–5 8–10 5–7 4–8 9–9 4–8 5–7
Minnesota 6–6 8–4 8–7 6–8 4–8 3–9 9–9 8–4 6–6 8–9 11–7
New York 6–7 9–9 8–4 5–7 11–7 9–7 5–7 9–9 6–6 3–9 8–4
Oakland 6–6 3–9 10–8 8–7 10–2 8–4 11–7 8–4 9–8 9–3 11–4
Texas 6–6 4–8 7–10 4–14 3–9 2–10 6–8 7–5 7–11 4–8 4–11


Notable transactions

Roster

1972 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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 Thurman Munson 140 511 143 .280 7 46
1B Ron Blomberg 107 299 80 .268 14 49
2B Horace Clarke 147 547 132 .241 3 37
3B Celerino Sanchez 71 250 62 .248 0 22
SS Gene Michael 126 391 91 .233 1 32
LF Roy White 155 556 150 .270 10 54
CF Bobby Murcer 153 585 171 .292 33 96
RF Johnny Callison 95 275 71 .258 9 34

Other batters

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
Felipe Alou 120 324 90 .278 6 37
Bernie Allen 84 220 50 .227 9 21
Rusty Torres 80 199 42 .211 3 13
John Ellis 52 136 40 .294 5 25
Rich McKinney 37 121 26 .215 1 7
Jerry Kenney 50 119 25 .210 0 7
Ron Swoboda 63 113 28 .248 1 12
Hal Lanier 60 103 22 .214 0 6
Charlie Spikes 14 34 5 .147 0 3
Frank Tepedino 8 8 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mel Stottlemyre 36 260.0 14 18 3.22 110
Fritz Peterson 35 250.1 17 15 3.24 100
Steve Kline 32 236.1 16 9 2.40 58
Mike Kekich 29 175.1 10 13 3.70 78
Rob Gardner 20 97.0 8 5 3.06 58

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rich Hinton 7 16.2 1 0 4.86 13
Casey Cox 5 11.2 0 1 4.63 4
Larry Gowell 2 7.0 0 1 1.29 7
Doc Medich 1 0.0 0 0 inf 0

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Sparky Lyle 59 9 5 35 1.92 75
Lindy McDaniel 37 3 1 0 2.25 47
Fred Beene 29 1 3 3 2.34 37
Ron Klimkowski 16 0 3 1 4.02 11
Jim Roland 16 0 1 0 5.04 13
Wade Blasingame 12 0 1 0 4.24 7
Jack Aker 4 0 0 0 3.00 1
Al Closter 2 0 0 0 11.57 2
Steve Blateric 1 0 0 0 0.00 4

Awards and honors

League leaders

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Frank Verdi
AA West Haven Yankees Eastern League Bobby Cox
A Kinston Eagles Carolina League Gene Hassell
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Pete Ward
A-Short Season Oneonta Yankees New York–Penn League George Case
Rookie Johnson City Yankees Appalachian League Jerry Walker

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: West Haven[12]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Rich Hinton page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Rich McKinney page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Bernie Allen page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Johnny Callison page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Hal Lanier page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Danny Cater page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Frank Tepedino page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ "Memorable Stadium Moments - the New York Times > Sports > Slide Show > Slide 5 of 10". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Mickey Klutts page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Bob Kammeyer page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Yankee for Life, Bobby Murcer and Glen Waggoner, p. 68, Harper Collins, 2008, New York, ISBN 978-0-06-147342-5
  12. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

References