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1972 in sports

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See also: 1971 in sports, other events of 1972, 1973 in sports and the list of 'years in sports'.

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Auto Racing

Baseball

  • January 19: The BBWAA elects Sandy Koufax (344 votes), Yogi Berra (339), and Early Wynn (301) to the Hall of Fame. Koufax makes it in his first try and, at 36, is the youngest honoree in history. He won three Cy Young awards in a four-year span when the honor was only given to one pitcher for both leagues. Berra played in 14 World Series (ten world champions), he had more hits in Series play than any other player, and he was a three-time MVP for the Yankees. Wynn won 300 career games, and won 20 games five times.
  • Sparky Lyle saves 35 games for the New York Yankees, breaking Ron Perranoski's 1970 records for AL pitchers and lefthanders. Lyle also becomes the first left-hander to save 100 career games in the American League.
  • World Series: Oakland Athletics win their 6th World Championship by defeating the Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 3.
  • December 31 - The Pittsburgh Pirates' legendary right fielder Roberto Clemente dies in a plane crash near Puerto Rico on his way to bring relief supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims.

Basketball

Boxing

Cycling

Figure skating

Football (American)

Football (Australian Rules)

Football (Canadian)

Football (Soccer)

Golf

Men's Golf

  • The European PGA tour begins its first season of competition.

Women's Golf

Thoroughbred Horse Racing

Harness Racing

Ice Hockey

Skiing

Snooker

Tennis

General sporting events

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