1972 Minnesota Twins season
|1972 Minnesota Twins|
|77-77, third in the AL Western Division|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Calvin Griffith (majority owner, with Thelma Griffith Haynes)|
|General manager(s)||Calvin Griffith|
|Manager(s)||Bill Rigney, Frank Quilici|
(Halsey Hall, Frank Buetel, Lynn Faris)
830 WCCO AM |
(Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, Ray Christensen)
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- October 22, 1971: Paul Powell was traded by the Twins to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Bobby Darwin.
- November 29, 1971: Brant Alyea was drafted from the Twins by the Oakland Athletics in the 1971 rule 5 draft.
On May 12, in a twenty-two inning match which concluded a day later, Danny Thompson went 0 for 10 with a sacrifice bunt, dropping his batting average 39 points over one game. He and César Tovar set a team record with their eleven plate appearances.
Rothsay, Minnesota, native Dave Goltz made his major league debut on July 18 -- he is the first Minnesotan drafted by the Minnesota Twins to make the big league club. He gave up one hit in 3⅔ innings.
On July 31, pitcher Bert Blyleven gave up two inside-the-park home runs, both to the Chicago White Sox Dick Allen. When this next occurs in the major leagues (October 4, 1986), Blyleven is again on the mound. But the feat is accomplished this time by his Minnesota teammate Greg Gagne.
When César Tovar hit for the cycle on September 19, he finished with a game-ending home run. The only other player to do that in history was Ken Boyer (1961). In later years, and after such a hit became known as a "walk-off home run", the feat was duplicated by George Brett (1979), Dwight Evans (1984), and Carlos González (2010). Tovar is just the second Twin to hit for the cycle, after Rod Carew in 1970; eight more Twins will do so by 2009.
Carew won his second AL batting title with a .318 average. Bobby Darwin showed potential as a hitter with 22 HR and 80 RBI, but that did not make up for age and injuries taking their toll on other players. (Those numbers were also suppressed by his Twins-record 145 strikeouts.) Harmon Killebrew hit 26 HR (4th in the league) but drove in only 75 runs. Tony Oliva's bad knees limited him to only 10 games. César Tovar led the team with 86 runs scored. Four pitchers had double digit wins: Bert Blyleven (17-17), Dick Woodson (14-14), Jim Perry (13-16), and Jim Kaat (10-2). Kaat also won his 11th Gold Glove Award.
797,901 fans attended Twins games, the seventh highest total in the American League. It was almost half the number of fans that had attended just a few seasons earlier.
|Chicago White Sox||87||67||0.565||5½||55–23||32–44|
|Kansas City Royals||76||78||0.494||16½||44–33||32–45|
Record vs. opponents
1972 American League Records
- May 12, 1972: Sal Butera was signed by the Twins as an amateur free agent.
- June 6, 1972: 1972 Major League Baseball draft
|1972 Minnesota Twins|
|= Indicates team leader|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|C||Borgmann, GlennGlenn Borgmann||56||175||41||.234||3||14|
|1B||Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrew||139||433||100||.231||26||74|
|2B||Carew, RodRod Carew||142||535||170||.318||0||51|
|SS||Thompson, DannyDanny Thompson||144||573||158||.276||4||48|
|CF||Darwin, BobbyBobby Darwin||145||513||137||.267||22||80|
|RF||Tovar, CésarCésar Tovar||141||548||145||.265||2||31|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|Oliva, TonyTony Oliva||10||28||9||.321||0||1|
|Adams, MikeMike Adams||3||6||2||.333||0||0|
|Guth, BuckyBucky Guth||3||3||0||.000||0||0|
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Blyleven, BertBert Blyleven||39||287.1||17||17||2.73||228|
|Woodson, DickDick Woodson||36||251.2||14||14||2.72||150|
|Perry, JimJim Perry||35||217.2||13||16||3.35||85|
|Kaat, JimJim Kaat||15||113.1||10||2||2.06||64|
|Goltz, DaveDave Goltz||15||91||3||3||2.67||38|
|Corbin, RayRay Corbin||31||161.2||8||9||2.62||83|
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Granger, WayneWayne Granger||63||4||6||19||3.01||45|
|LaRoche, DaveDave LaRoche||62||5||7||10||2.83||79|
|Gebhard, BobBob Gebhard||13||0||1||1||8.57||13|
|Luebber, SteveSteve Luebber||2||0||0||0||0.00||1|
|AAA||Tacoma Twins||Pacific Coast League||Harry Warner|
|AA||Charlotte Hornets||Southern League||Johnny Goryl|
|A||Lynchburg Twins||Carolina League||Kerby Farrell|
|A||Orlando Twins||Florida State League||Early Wynn|
|A||Wisconsin Rapids Twins||Midwest League||Jay Ward|
|A||Charlotte Twins||Western Carolinas League||Bob Sadowski|
|Rookie||FECL Twins||Florida East Coast League||Fred Waters|
- Bobby Darwin at Baseball Reference
- Brant Alyea at Baseball Reference
- Retrosheet box score – St. Louis Cardinals 6, Chicago Cubs 5 (2), game played on September 14, 1961 at Busch Stadium
- Retrosheet box score – Kansas City Royals 5, Baltimore Orioles 4, game played on May 28, 1979 at Royals Stadium
- Retrosheet box score – Boston Red Sox 9, Seattle Mariners 6, game played on June 28, 1984 at Fenway Park
- Sal Butera at Baseball Reference
- Willie Norwood at Baseball Reference
- Lyman Bostock at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
- Player stats from www.baseball-reference.com
- Team info from www.baseball-almanac.com