1972 Philadelphia Phillies season

1972 Philadelphia Phillies
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Other information
Owner(s) R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr.
General manager(s) John J. Quinn, Paul Owens
Manager(s) Frank Lucchesi, Paul Owens
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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.


The Phils made perhaps one of the most significant trades in their history on February 25, when they traded Rick Wise to the St. Louis Cardinals for Steve Carlton. Both teams were engaged in difficult contract negotiations with each pitcher. Carlton went on to win four Cy Young Awards with the Phillies, and Wise continued a solid career. Carlton won his first Cy Young Award on the 1972 Phillies who won only 59 games. Carlton was 27–10 and the team was 32–87 when Carlton did not pitch. No pitcher in the twentieth 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).

Notable transactions

Regular season

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.

The Phillies had hosted the 1952 All-Star Game, played July 9, 1952 at Shibe Park. The American League won 3 to 2 in five innings; the first rain shortened All-Star Game. The Phillies held their promotional Old-Timers Game on August 19, 1972. The Phillies invited all of the players from the 1952 game back to Philadelphia to complete the last four innings.

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

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 9659 0.619 49–29 47–30
Chicago Cubs 8570 0.548 11 46–31 39–39
New York Mets 8373 0.532 13½ 41–37 42–36
St. Louis Cardinals 7581 0.481 21½ 40–37 35–44
Montreal Expos 7086 0.449 26½ 35–43 35–43
Philadelphia Phillies 5997 0.378 37½ 28–51 31–46

Record vs. opponents

1972 National League Records

Atlanta 5–7–19–97–77–84–87–56–66–66–117–116–6
Chicago 7–5–18–43–98–410–510–810–73–129–37–510–8
Cincinnati 9–94–811–69–58–48–410–28–48–1010–510–2
Houston 7–79–36–117–118–46–69–33–912–213–54–8
Los Angeles 8–74–85–911–76–67–57–57–513–59–98–4
Montreal 8–45–104–84–86–66–1210–66–126–66–69–8
New York 5–78–104–86–65–712–613–58–67–58–47–9
Philadelphia 6-67–102–103–95–76–105–135–136–66–68–7
Pittsburgh 6–612–34–89–35–712–66–813–510–29–310–8
San Diego 11–63–910–82–125–136–65–76–62–104–104–8
San Francisco 11–75–75–105–139–96–64–86–63–910–45–7
St. Louis 6–68–102–108–44–88–99–77–88–108–47–5

Notable transactions

Draft picks

Game log

 Phillies win
 Phillies loss
BoldPhillies team member
1972 Game Log[10]
Overall Record: 59–97


1972 Philadelphia Phillies
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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
1BTommy Hutton13438199.260438
RFRoger Freed7312929.225618

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
Joe Lis6214034.243618
Mike Ryan4610619.179210
Ron Stone41549.16703
Mike Schmidt13347.20613


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
Steve Carlton41346.127101.97310
Ken Reynolds33154.12154.2687
Bill Champion30132.24145.0954
Woodie Fryman23119.24104.3669
Jim Nash937.1086.2715
Dave Downs423112.745

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
Bucky Brandon42104.1773.4567
Barry Lersch36100.2463.0448
Gary Neibauer918.2025.307

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
Mac Scarce311243.4440
Joe Hoerner150232.0812

Farm system

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
A-Short Season Auburn Phillies New York–Penn League Nolan Campbell
Rookie Pulaski Phillies Appalachian League Harry Lloyd

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Spartanburg[23]


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  6. Andre Thornton at Baseball Reference
  7. Woodie Fryman at Baseball Reference
  8. Tom Underwood at Baseball-Reference
  9. Dan Boitano at Baseball Reference
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