1972 Texas Rangers Season
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1972 Texas Rangers Season

1972 Texas Rangers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Bob Short
General manager(s)Joe Burke
Manager(s)Ted Williams
Local televisionKDTV
Local radioKRLD
(Don Drysdale, Bill Mercer)
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The Texas Rangers 1972 season involved the Rangers finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 54 wins and 100 losses. This was the Rangers' first season in Texas, as well as the club's first year in the AL West, after playing their first 11 seasons in Washington, D.C., and from 1969 to 1971 in the American League East. The Rangers were dead last in batting in the major leagues with a .217 team batting average.

Offseason

Regular season

The first game in Texas

Opening Day starters, April 15, 1972

  2 Lenny Randle 2B
  1 Dave Nelson 3B
  5 Don Mincher 1B
15 Hal King C
33 Frank Howard    LF
  4 Larry Biittner    RF
35 Joe Lovitto CF
11 Toby Harrah SS
27 Dick Bosman P[7]

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

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Dick Billings 133 469 41 119 .254 5 58 1
1B Frank Howard 95 287 28 70 .244 9 31 1
2B Lenny Randle 74 249 23 48 .193 2 21 4
3B Dave Nelson 145 499 68 113 .226 2 28 51
SS Toby Harrah 116 374 47 97 .259 1 31 16
LF Tom Grieve 64 142 12 29 .204 3 11 1
CF Joe Lovitto 117 330 23 74 .224 1 19 13
RF Ted Ford 129 429 43 101 .235 14 50 4

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Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Larry Biittner 137 382 34 99 .259 3 31 1
Elliott Maddox 98 294 40 74 .252 0 10 20
Don Mincher 61 191 23 45 .236 6 39 2
Vic Harris 61 186 8 26 .140 0 10 7
Dalton Jones 72 151 14 24 .159 4 19 1
Jim Mason 46 147 10 29 .197 0 10 0
Hal King 50 122 12 22 .180 4 12 0
Bill Fahey 39 119 8 20 .168 1 10 4
Ted Kubiak 46 116 5 26 .224 0 7 0
Jeff Burroughs 22 65 4 12 .185 1 3 0
Tom Ragland 25 58 3 10 .172 0 2 0
Marty Martínez 26 41 3 6 .146 0 3 0
Ken Suarez 25 33 2 5 .152 0 4 0
Jim Driscoll 15 18 0 0 .000 0 0 0

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
Dick Bosman 29 173.1 8 10 3.63 105
Rich Hand 30 170.2 10 14 3.32 109
Don Stanhouse 24 104.2 2 9 3.78 78

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
Pete Broberg 39 176.1 5 12 4.29 133
Mike Paul 49 161.2 8 9 2.17 108
Bill Gogolewski 36 150.2 4 11 4.24 95
Jim Shellenback 22 57 2 4 3.47 30
Gerry Janeski 4 12.2 0 1 2.84 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
Horacio Piña 60 2 7 15 3.20 60
Paul Lindblad 66 5 8 9 2.62 51
Jim Panther 58 5 9 0 4.13 44
Casey Cox 35 3 5 4 4.41 27
Steve Lawson 13 0 0 1 2.81 13
Rich Hinton 5 0 1 0 2.38 4
Jim Roland 5 0 0 0 8.10 4
Jan Dukes 3 0 0 0 3.86 0

Farm system

Notes

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (3rd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-17-6.
  • 1972 Texas Rangers team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1972 Texas Rangers team page at www.baseball-almanac.com

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