1972 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1972 Los Angeles Dodgers finished the season 85-70, good for second place in the National League West division.

1972 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Walter O'Malley, James Mulvey
General manager(s)Al Campanis
Manager(s)Walter Alston
Local televisionKTTV (11)
Local radioKFI
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett
KWKW
Jose Garcia, Jaime Jarrín
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Offseason

Regular season

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Sandy Koufax's number 32 was retired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1972.
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Roy Campanella's number 39 was retired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1972.
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Jackie Robinson's number 42 was retired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1972.

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 95 59 0.617 42–34 53–25
Houston Astros 84 69 0.549 10½ 41–36 43–33
Los Angeles Dodgers 85 70 0.548 10½ 41–34 44–36
Atlanta Braves 70 84 0.455 25 36–41 34–43
San Francisco Giants 69 86 0.445 26½ 34–43 35–43
San Diego Padres 58 95 0.379 36½ 26–54 32–41

Record vs. opponents

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

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day starters
Name Position
Maury Wills Shortstop
Bill Buckner First baseman
Willie Davis Center fielder
Frank Robinson Right fielder
Jim Lefebvre Second baseman
Willie Crawford Left fielder
Duke Sims Catcher
Billy Grabarkewitz Third baseman
Don Sutton Starting pitcher

Notable transactions

Roster

1972 Los Angeles Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
CF Willie Davis 149 615 178 .289 19 79

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

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
Al Downing 31 202.2 9 9 2.98 117
Tommy John 29 186.2 11 5 2.89 117

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

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
Jim Brewer 51 8 7 17 1.26 69
Pete Richert 37 2 3 6 2.25 38

Awards and honors

All-Stars

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League Tommy Lasorda
AA El Paso Dodgers Texas League Monty Basgall
Stan Wasiak
A Bakersfield Dodgers California League Don LeJohn
A Daytona Beach Dodgers Florida State League Stan Wasiak
Bob Shaw
A-Short Season Spokane Indians Northwest League Bill Berrier
Rookie Ogden Dodgers Pioneer League Gail Henley

Teams in BOLD won League Championships

1972 Major League Baseball draft

This was the eighth year of a Major League Baseball Draft. The Dodgers drafted 42 players in the June draft and eight in the January draft.

This was a weak draft class whose most notable player was Dennis Lewallyn, a pitcher who played for the Dodgers and two other teams from 1975–1981 with a 4–4 record and 4.48 ERA. The top draft pick was shortstop John Harbin from Newberry College who played in only 83 games in the Dodgers farm system in 1972 and was quickly out of baseball.

Notes

  1. ^ Tommy Hutton at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Bobby Darwin at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Maury Wills at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Doyle Alexander at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Dick Allen at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Tom Haller at Baseball-Reference
  7. ^ Chris Cannizzaro at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ Bill Sudakis at Baseball-Reference
  9. ^ Dick Dietz at Baseball-Reference
  10. ^ 19721 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB January Draft-Regular Phase
  11. ^ 1972 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase
  12. ^ 1972 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
  13. ^ 1972 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Draft-Secondary Phase

References

External links

1972 Draft Picks

January draft

[10]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 John Adams RHP Yes 1972–1974 A
2 Tim Hosler OF South Georgia College No
3 Allen Polofsky LHP Miami Dade College No

January Secondary phase

[11]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Dennis Lewallyn RHP Chipola College Yes 1972–1987 MLB
2 James Van Der Beek RHP Lafayette College Yes 1972–1976 AAA
3 Francis Sansosti RHP Community College of Baltimore County No
Cardinals-1975
1975 A
4 Mike Siani SS Villanova University No
5 Robert Sans 1B Texas A&M University Yes 1972 A

June draft

[12]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 John Harbin SS Newberry College Yes 1972 A-
2 Cleo Smith 1B Ells High School Yes 1972–1979 AAA
3 Bob Detherage RHP Hillcrest High School Yes 1973–1981 MLB
4 Larry Corrigan C Iowa State University Yes 1973–1978 AAA
5 Mitchell Bobinger LHP Chico High School Yes 1972–1978 AAA
6 Alton Torregano C University of Louisiana at Lafayette Yes 1972–1973 A
7 James Fleming SS St. Peter's High School Yes 1973–1976 AA
8 Stephen Plut OF St. Francis High School No
Angels – 1975
1975–1978 AA
9 Robert Stewart RHP Magnolia High School Yes 1972–1977 AA
10 William Kooyman 3B Saint Mary's College of California Yes 1972–1974 A
11 Terry Zorger 3B Huntington University Yes 1972–1973 A-
12 Jere Nolan OF University of California, Berkeley Yes 1972–1974 AA
13 Hank Boguszewski RHP Glen Cove High School No
14 Michael Rushde OF Fontana High School Yes 1972–1977 AA
15 Jason Thompson LHP Apple Valley High School Yes 1975–1986 MLB
16 Douglas Schaefer RHP Lindbergh High School No
Giants-1975
1975–1981 AAA
17 Glenn Burke OF Merritt College Yes 1972–1980 MLB
18 Richard Magner C Rollins College Yes 1972–1977 AAA
19 Leonard Wouters RHP Hampton Bays High School Yes 1972–1976 A
20 John Littlefield RHP Azusa High School No
Cardinals-1976
1976–1982 AAA
21 John Freedman 3B Claremont High School No 1974 A-
22 Richard Jacobs LHP University of Oklahoma No
23 Dale Forchetti SS Neshaminy High School No
24 Don Redoglia SS Pasadena City College No
Cardinals-1975
1975 A
25 Kenneth Smith OF Jefferson High School No
26 Buff White LHP Folsom High School No
27 David Rothermel 3B Hillcrest High School No
28 Steven O'Brien RHP Maryvale High School Yes 1972–1977 AAA
29 Samuel Roberts 1B Tennessee High School No
30 Brian Felda OF University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh Yes 1972–1975 A
31 Michael Parnow 2B College of Marin Yes 1972–1973 A-
32 James Fiack C University of California, Davis Yes 1972–1973 A
33 Charles Walker OF Atlanta Baptist College Yes 1972 A-
34 Jeff Chandler LHP Davis High School No
Reds-1973
1973–1978 AA
35 Craig Minetto LHP Amos Alonzo Stagg High School No
Expos-1974
1974–1984 MLB
36 David Baker C Pacific High School No
Phillies-1975
1975–1976 AA
37 Tom Haley C Binger High School No
38 Bob Shirley LHP Putnam City High School No
Padres-1976
1976–1988 MLB
39 Timothy Lewis LHP Germantown Academy No
Yankees-1976
1976–1981 AAA

June secondary phase

[13]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Robert Lesslie RHP Kansas State University Yes 1972–1977 AAA
2 Walter Rzepiennik RHP Community College of Baltimore Yes 1972–1974 A
3 Robin Ogle 1B Miami-Dade College No
Padres-1975
1975 A-
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