1972 Major League Baseball Strike
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1972 Major League Baseball Strike

The 1972 Major League Baseball strike was the first players' strike in Major League Baseball history. The strike occurred from April 1 to 13, 1972.

Overview

Agreement and number of games missed

Baseball resumed when the owners and players agreed on a $500,000 increase in pension fund payments. Owners agreed to add salary arbitration to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.[1] The 86 games that were missed over the 13-day period were never played because the league refused to pay the players for the time they were on strike. As a result, the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres each played only 153 games, nine fewer than normal. Most other teams lost anywhere from six to eight games. They also lost $5,000,000.[]

Major effects from the uneven schedule

One major effect of the uneven schedule was that the Detroit Tigers played one more game than the Boston Red Sox, which enabled Detroit (with a record of 86-70) to win the American League East by ½ game over Boston (with a record of 85-70). Detroit won the division on the next-to-last day of the season when they beat Boston, 3-1, at Tiger Stadium.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Baseball - Baseball's Work Stoppages". CNNSI.com. August 8, 2002. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "Detroit Tigers 3, Boston Red Sox 1". Retrosheet. October 3, 1972.

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