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The following are the baseball events of the year 1872 throughout the world.  



National Association final standings

National Association
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Boston Red Stockings 39 8 .830 --
2nd Baltimore Lord Baltimores 35 19 .648 7.5
3rd New York Mutuals 34 20 .630 8.5
4th Philadelphia Athletics 30 14 .682 7.5
5th Troy Haymakers 15 10 .600 13.0
6th Brooklyn Atlantics 9 28 .243 25.0
7th Cleveland Forest Citys 6 16 .273 20.5
8th Middletown Mansfields 5 19 .208 22.5
9th Brooklyn Eckfords 3 26 .103 27.0
10th Boston red Caps 2 7 .222 18.0
11th Washington Nationals 0 11 .000 21.0

Statistical leaders

National Association
Type Name Stat
AVG Ross Barnes BOS .432
HR Lip Pike BAL 6
RBI Lip Pike BAL 60
Wins Albert Spalding BOS 38
ERA Albert Spalding BOS 1.98
Strikeouts Bobby Mathews BAL 55

Notable seasons




  • March 4 - At its annual convention being held in Cleveland, the NA adopts a rule change to allow the use of the wrist in the pitching delivery.



  • July 6 - Sporting a 22-1 record, Harry Wright takes the Boston Red Stockings on vacation to an island in Boston Harbor.
  • July 9 - The Brooklyn Eckfords commit 13 errors in their 15-3 loss to the Troy Haymakers. It is the fewest errors committed by the 0-11 Eckfords in a game thus far this season.
  • July 23 - Despite a winning record, the Troy Haymakers disband due to financial problems. Half of the Haymaker's roster will move to the Brooklyn Eckfords, which saves them from dropping out of the NA.
  • July 26 - In an emergency meeting, the NA revises their scheduling requirements from 5 to 9 games versus each opponent competing for the championship. This is in response to the number of teams that have disbanded and comes 3 days after the first-division Troy Haymakers had called it quits.
  • August 13 - The Middletown Mansfields announce that they have disbanded the club and drop out of the NA.
  • August 19 - The Cleveland Forest Citys disband their club after a loss to the Boston Red Stockings. This drops the number of teams still playing in the NA to 6.
  • September 1 - Al Thake, left-fielder batting .295 for the Brooklyn Atlantics, drowns in New York harbor after falling from a fishing boat. Thake is the first active major league ballplayer to die. (But Elmer White, active in 1871, had died in winter.)





  • Ryczek, William J. (1992). Blackguards and Red Stockings; A History of Baseball's National Association 1871-1875. Wallingford, CT: Colebrook Press ISBN 0-9673718-0-5
  • Nemec, David (1997). The Great Encyclopedia of 19th-Century Major League Baseball. New York: Donald I. Fine Books ISBN 1-55611-500-8

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