1972 San Francisco Giants season

1972 San Francisco Giants
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Horace Stoneham
General manager(s) Jerry Donovan
Manager(s) Charlie Fox
Local television KTVU
(Lon Simmons, Bill Thompson)
Local radio KSFO
(Lon Simmons, Bill Thompson)
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The 1972 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 90th year in Major League Baseball, their 15th year in San Francisco, and their 13th at Candlestick Park. The Giants finished in fifth place in National League West with a record of 69–86. It was their first losing season in San Francisco and the franchise's first losing season since 1957, which was the franchise's final year in New York.


Regular season

Franchise legend Willie Mays was traded to the New York Mets for Charlie Williams and US$50,000.[4] At the time, the Giants franchise was losing money. Owner Horace Stoneham could not guarantee Mays an income after retirement.

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 9559 0.617 42–34 53–25
Houston Astros 8469 0.549 10½ 41–36 43–33
Los Angeles Dodgers 8570 0.548 10½ 41–34 44–36
Atlanta Braves 7084 0.455 25 36–41 34–43
San Francisco Giants 6986 0.445 26½ 34–43 35–43
San Diego Padres 5895 0.379 36½ 26–54 32–41

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


1972 San Francisco Giants
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
CDave Rader133459119.259641

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
Jim Howarth7411928.23517
Fran Healy459915.15218
Chris Arnold518419.22614
Bernie Williams466813.19139
Willie Mays19499.18403
Dámaso Blanco39207.35002


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
Ron Bryant352141472.90107
Juan Marichal251656163.7172
Sam McDowell28164.11084.33122

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
Jim Barr441798102.8786
Don Carrithers2590485.8042
John Cumberland925048.648
Charlie Williams39.1028.683

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
Jerry Johnson488684.4257
Don McMahon443353.7145
Randy Moffitt401543.6937
John Morris70004.265

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Phoenix Giants Pacific Coast League Jim Davenport
AA Amarillo Giants Texas League Dennis Sommers
A Fresno Giants California League Frank Funk
A Decatur Commodores Midwest League Jim McKnight
A Anderson Giants Western Carolinas League Max Lanier
Rookie Great Falls Giants Pioneer League Dick Wilson



  1. Sam McDowell at Baseball-Reference
  2. Hal Lanier at Baseball-Reference
  3. Rich Robertson at Baseball-Reference
  4. "Willie Mays transactions". Retrieved October 22, 2006.
  5. Willie Mays at Baseball-Reference
  6. Brian Asselstine at Baseball-Reference
  7. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sakatle01.shtml
  8. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
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