1972 Kansas City Royals Season
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1972 Kansas City Royals Season

1972 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Ewing Kauffman
General manager(s)Cedric Tallis
Manager(s)Bob Lemon
Local televisionKBMA
Local radioKMBZ
(Buddy Blattner, Denny Matthews)
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The 1972 Kansas City Royals season was their fourth in Major League Baseball. The Royals finished fourth in the American League West at 76-78, 16 1/2 games behind the Oakland Athletics. John Mayberry, in his first season with Kansas City, led the team with 25 home runs and 100 runs batted in. Mayberry was the first Royals player to drive in at least 100 runs in a season.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 93 62 0.600 -- 48-29 45-33
Chicago White Sox 87 67 0.565 55-23 32-44
Minnesota Twins 77 77 0.500 15½ 42-32 35-45
Kansas City Royals 76 78 0.494 16½ 44-33 32-45
California Angels 75 80 0.484 18 44-36 31-44
Texas Rangers 54 100 0.351 38½ 31-46 23-54

Record vs. opponents

1972 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK TEX
Baltimore -- 7-11 6-6 8-4 8-10 10-8 6-6 10-5 6-6 7-6 6-6 6-6
Boston 11-7 -- 8-4 6-6 8-7 5-9 6-6 11-7 4-8 9-9 9-3 8-4
California 6-6 4-8 -- 7-11 8-4 5-7 9-6 7-5 7-8 4-8 8-10 10-7
Chicago 4-8 6-6 11-7 -- 8-4 5-7 8-9 9-3 8-6 7-5 7-8 14-4
Cleveland 10-8 7-8 4-8 4-8 -- 10-8 6-6 5-10 8-4 7-11 2-10 9-3
Detroit 8-10 9-5 7-5 7-5 8-10 -- 7-5 10-8 9-3 7-9 4-8 10-2
Kansas City 6-6 6-6 6-9 9-8 6-6 5-7 -- 7-5 9-9 7-5 7-11 8-6
Milwaukee 5-10 7-11 5-7 3-9 10-5 8-10 5-7 -- 4-8 9-9 4-8 5-7
Minnesota 6-6 8-4 8-7 6-8 4-8 3-9 9-9 8-4 -- 6-6 8-9 11-7
New York 6-7 9-9 8-4 5-7 11-7 9-7 5-7 9-9 6-6 -- 3-9 8-4
Oakland 6-6 3-9 10-8 8-7 10-2 8-4 11-7 8-4 9-8 9-3 -- 11-4
Texas 6-6 4-8 7-10 4-14 3-9 2-10 6-8 7-5 7-11 4-8 4-11 --


Notable transactions

Roster

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
1B John Mayberry 149 503 150 .298 25 100
LF Lou Piniella 151 574 179 .312 11 72

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
Steve Hovley 105 196 53 .270 3 24
Carl Taylor 63 113 30 .265 0 11
Ron Hansen 16 30 4 .133 0 2

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
Monty Montgomery 9 56.1 3 3 3.04 24
Steve Busby 5 40 3 1 1.58 31

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
Roger Nelson 34 173.1 11 6 2.08 120
Tom Murphy 18 70.1 4 4 3.07 34
Mike Jackson 7 19.2 1 2 6.41 15

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
Tom Burgmeier 51 6 2 9 4.23 18
Ted Abernathy 45 3 4 5 1.70 28
Norm Angelini 21 2 1 2 2.25 16
Ken Wright 17 1 2 4 4.91 18

Farm system

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Billings

Notes

  1. ^ Steve Hovley at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ John Mayberry at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ José Martínez at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Mark Williams at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Jamie Quirk at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ George Throop at Baseball Reference

References

  • 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.
  • 1972 Kansas City Royals at Baseball Reference
  • 1972 Kansas City Royals at Baseball Almanac

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