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1972 Philadelphia Phillies season

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1972 Philadelphia Phillies season

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 the best trade in their history on February 25, when Rick Wise was having contract problems with the Phils and Steve Carlton was having the same problems with the St. Louis Cardinals, the teams traded headaches. Carlton went on to win four Cy Young Awards and Wise went on to a decent career. Carlton won his first Cy Young Award that year on a last-place team that won only 59 games. Carlton was 27-10; the team was 32-87 when the southpaw wasn't involved in the decision. No pitcher in the 20th 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). He might have won 30 if not for the players' strike that delayed the opening for the season for 10 days.

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.

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

Season standings

NL East W L GB Pct.
Pittsburgh Pirates 96 59 0 .619
Chicago Cubs 85 70 11 .548
New York Mets 83 73 13.5 .532
St. Louis Cardinals 75 81 21.5 .481
Montreal Expos 70 86 26.5 .449
Philadelphia Phillies 59 97 37.5 .378

Notable transactions

Draft picks


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
1B Hutton, TommyTommy Hutton 134 381 99 .260 4 38
RF Freed, RogerRoger Freed 73 129 29 .225 6 18

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
Lis, JoeJoe Lis 62 140 34 .243 6 18
Ryan, MikeMike Ryan 46 106 19 .179 2 10
Stone, RonRon Stone 41 54 9 .167 0 3
Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt 13 34 7 .206 1 3


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
Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton 41 346.1 27 10 1.97 310
Reynolds, KenKen Reynolds 33 154.1 2 15 4.26 87
Champion, BillBill Champion 30 132.2 4 14 5.09 54
Fryman, WoodieWoodie Fryman 23 119.2 4 10 4.36 69
Nash, JimJim Nash 9 37.1 0 8 6.27 15
Downs, DaveDave Downs 4 23 1 1 2.74 5

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
Brandon, BuckyBucky Brandon 42 104.1 7 7 3.45 67
Lersch, BarryBarry Lersch 36 100.2 4 6 3.04 48
Neibauer, GaryGary Neibauer 9 18.2 0 2 5.30 7

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
Scarce, MacMac Scarce 31 1 2 4 3.44 40
Hoerner, JoeJoe Hoerner 15 0 2 3 2.08 12

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
Short-Season A Auburn Phillies New York-Penn League Nolan Campbell
Rookie Pulaski Phillies Appalachian League Harry Lloyd
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Spartanburg[10]



  • 1972 Philadelphia Phillies season at Baseball Reference
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