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Professional Sports 1972

 

Baseball 1972

 

gene tenace 1972


World Series:
After a 41 year wait, the Oakland Athletics won their 6th World Championship by defeating the Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 3. Substitute Infielder Gene Tenace hit 2 back to back home runs in the first game to get the series MVP award. 1972 World Series at Baseball Almanac

 

 

roberto clemente 1972

 

 

RIP - The Pittsburgh Pirates' legendary right fielder Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash near Puerto Rico on his way to bring relief supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims Cool Roberto Clemente site!.

 

 

 

Football 1972

 

don shula 19721972 was the perfect season for the the Miami Dolphins with a 17 and 0 record. Led by coach Don Shula, quarterback Bob Greise and running back Larry Csonka.

miami dolphins 1972

 

Super Bowl VII
Date Played: January 14, 1973
Teams: Miami Dolphins vs. Washington Redskins
Winner: DOLPHINS
Final Score: 14-7
Location: Los Angeles, California
Game MVP: Miami Dolphins Safety Jake Scott
Half Time Show: University of Michigan Band and Woody Herman.
30 second commercial $88000.

Super Bowl VII History

 

 

The most exciting play of the game was when Miami place kicker Garo Yepremian picked up a blocked field goal, fumbled it and Redskins' cornerback Mike Bass caught it and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown.

 

Basketball 1972

los angeles lakers 1972After a wait of 12 years since moving to Los Angeles, the Lakers won in 5 games over the New York Knicks. Knicks Wilt Chamberlain fouled out for the first time in his career but won the MVP award for the series. Los Angeles Lakers '72 overview

 

NHL - Hockey 1972

 

World Hockey Association (WHA) formed to compete with the NHL. This new league signed several of the top NHL stars including Bobby Hull and Derek Sanderson.

 

boston bruins 1972Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins

 

Hart Memorial Trophy: for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Bobby Orr, Boston Bruins

 

Stanley Cup - Boston Bruins win 4 games to 2 over the New York Rangers

 



 

Boxing 1972

Heavyweight Smokin' Joe Frazier successfully defended his title twice by knocking out both Terry Daniels and Ron Stander in the fourth and fifth rounds respectively.

 

Golf 1972

 

Masters Tournament - Jack Nicklaus
U.S. Open - Jack Nicklaus
British Open - Lee Trevino
PGA Championship - Gary Player
PGA Tour money leader - Jack Nicklaus - $320,542
LPGA Championship - Kathy Ahern
U.S. Women's Open - Susie Berning
Titleholders Championship - Sandra Palmer
LPGA Tour money leader - Kathy Whitworth - $65,063

 

 

Horse Racing 1972

 

Kentucky Derby - Riva Ridge
Preakness Stakes - Bee Bee Bee
Belmont Stakes - Riva Ridge

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Athletes of the Year 1972

 

mark spitz 1972

Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year:
Mark Spitz, Swimming

 

 


olga korbut 1972
Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year:
Olga Korbut, Gymnastics

ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year: Olga Korbut, gymnastics

 

1972 Summer Olympics

 

1972 olympics logo

 

The Munich, Germany Olympics, named The Games of Joy and Peace were forever marred when on the third day Palestinian terrorists kidnapped and later murdered 11 Israeli athletes. The Munich Massacre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nation................. Gold ....Silver ...Bronze ...Total
Soviet Union.........50 ........27 ..........22 ..........99
United States ......33 ........31 ..........30 ..........94
East Germany .....20 ........23 ..........23 ..........66
West Germany.... 13 ........11 ..........16 ..........40

Japan ....................13 ..........8 ............8 ...........29

 

 

Olga Korbut stole the show in gymnastics for the Soviet Union. The tiny 17 year old came back for a fall to win the 2 gold metals and became the darling of the world. The Olga Korbut Page

 

mark spitz 1972United States swimmer Mark Spitz set the world record winning seven gold medals which held until 2008 when Michael Phelps broke his record by winning 8 gold metals. A Jewish Mark Spitz was whisked away before the closing ceremonies to protect him from any added terrorist plots. ESPN on Mark Spitz

 

 

 

The most contested basketball game of all time! With referees backing up the clock twice, the USSR got an extra chance and beat the USA 51 to 50. It broke the US winning streak that had held since 1936. The judges lined up under cold war politics and to this day the United States has refused to accept the Silver medals which are being held in a Swiss vault. Review of the infamous USSR win over the USA basketball team.

 

1972 Winter Olympics

 

1972 Winter Olympics takes place in Sapporo, Japan. The USSR won the most medals (16), and the most gold medals (8)

 

Nation................. Gold ....Silver ...Bronze ...Total
Soviet Union...........8 .........5 ..........3 .............16

Switzerland... .........4 .........3 ..........3 .............10

Netherlands ..........4 ..........3 ..........2 ..............9
East Germany .......3 ..........4 ..........7 ............14

United States ........3 ..........2 ..........3 ..............8
West Germany...... 3 ..........1 ..........1 ..............5

 

 

College Sports 1972

 

College Football 1972

 

1972 Heisman: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska WB

 

1972 ROSE BOWL #1 USC Trojans 42 #3 Ohio State Buckeyes 17


1972 SUGAR BOWL #2 Oklahoma Sooners 14 #5 Penn State Nittany Lions 0


1972 COTTON BOWL #7 Texas Longhorns 17 #4 Alabama Crimson Tide 13


1972 ORANGE BOWL #9 Nebraska Cornhuskers 40 #12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 6

 

 

College Basketball 1972

 

NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship: UCLA wins 81-76 over Florida St.

 

1971 NCAA Division I-A national football championship: The Nebraska Cornhuskers win 38-6 over the University of Alabama Crimson Tide to claim back-to-back National Championship titles on January 1, 1972.

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