Team History : 1951-1979

1972

1972 Record:
85-70, tied for 3rd place in N.L. Western Division
Postseason:
None
Manager:
Walter Alston
All-Stars:
Don Sutton, P
Home Attendance:
1,860,858

Season Recap:

Top-notch pitching was the success story in 1972, but the Dodgers failed to make the postseason as they finished 10 1/2 games off the pace and tied for third in the N.L. Western Division, in large part because of shaky defense (162 errors in 155 games). The Dodgers ranked first in N.L. pitching with a 2.78 ERA and 23 shutouts. The first eight days of the season were canceled due to the first players’ strike, which ended on April 10. The Dodgers lost seven games on the schedule. Right-hander Don Sutton made the All-Star team and had a stellar season, with his 19-9 record and 2.08 ERA in 273 innings pitched. Southpaw Claude Osteen became a 20 game winner for the second time as a Dodger. Another left-hander Tommy John, who arrived in Los Angeles via trade, went 11-5. Center fielder Willie Davis, the “Three Dog,” had a successful season at the plate, leading the Dodgers in almost every offensive category, including average (.289), hits (178), RBI (79) and home runs (19, tied for lead). New acquisition Frank Robinson added 19 home runs to tie Davis. Manny Mota batted a team-leading .323, while outfielder-first baseman Bill Buckner hit a solid .319 and was hard to strike out with only 13 whiffs in 383 at-bats. Shortstop Bill Russell batted .272 for the Dodgers, who won nine of their last 12 games. Davis and Mota each hit inside-the-park home runs in a loss to Pittsburgh on June 11, tying a major league record for two in one game. A total of six home dates were lost due to a players’ strike. On June 4, the uniform numbers of Dodger Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson (42), Sandy Koufax (32) and Roy Campanella (39) were retired by the organization in an on-field ceremony.

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Below are the Dodger Front Office department heads and personnel, plus scouts who worked for Walter O'Malley.
Dodger Front Office Staff
1972 — Los Angeles
  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • Walter O'Malley, Chairman of the Board; Peter O'Malley, President; James A. Mulvey, Vice President; Sylvan Oestreicher, Treasurer; Harry M. Bardt, H. C. McClellan, Robert L. Gordon.
  • President Peter O’Malley
  • Vice President, Public Relations & Promotions Arthur E. Patterson
  • Vice President, Player Personnel & Scouting Al Campanis
  • Vice President, Minor League Operations William P. Schweppe
  • Secretary Robert F. Welch
  • Controller & Assistant Treasurer Ken Hasemann
  • Director of Advertising, Novelties & Souvenirs Danny Goodman
  • Director, Dodgertown (PGA Pro. Dodgertown Golf Club) Dick Bird
  • Director, Stadium Operations Bob Smith
  • Director, Ticket Operations Walter Nash
  • Director, Stadium Club & Transportation Bob Schenz
  • Director, Publicity Fred Claire
  • Director, Dodger Network David Van de Walker
  • Director, Community Relations Don Newcombe
  • Director, Speakers Bureau Tuck Stainback
  • Administrative Assistant Ike Ikuhara
  • Executive Pilot Captain Lewis Carlisle
  • Traveling Secretary Lee Scott
  • Resident Engineer Ira Hoyt
  • Auditor Michael Strange
  • Manager Walter Alston
  • Club Physicians Dr. Frank Jobe, Dr. Robert Woods
  • Scouts
  • Rafael Avila, Boyd Bartley, Bill Brenzel, Luther Harvel, Gail Henley, Goldie Holt, Tony John, Dale Jones, John Keenan, Ed Liberatore, Dick McLaughlin, Lew Morton, Greg Mulleavy, Bob Nieman, Ray Perry, Rudy Rufer, Corito Varona, Ben Wade, Guy Wellman, Bert Wells