It is amazing what we can find out online, especially in regards to sports (particularly baseball), here in the 21st Century. It’s to the point where it’s more surprising what you cannot find in a quick Google search than what you can. So I was caught off guard when I recently was unable to find something quickly and easily.
I was looking for the Mets’ Opening Day roster in 1972 and did not find it in an easily accessible form. Perhaps it’s out there and I just didn’t see it. Regardless, I went through individual box scores in April and compiled this list. It’s certainly possible there is an error in here somewhere. But to the best of my knowledge, this was the Mets’ Opening Day roster in 1972:
Baseball-Reference tells us all the players who appeared in a game for the Mets this season – the now shocking total of just 34. The Mets used nearly that many pitchers (28) in 2012. The 1972 Mets used only 14 pitchers all season, including Hank Webb, who appeared in just six games, and Tommy Moore, who appeared in just three.
There’s a lesson in there somewhere. I’d like to point out that the team had three lefty relievers. McGraw appeared in 54 games and threw 106 innings. Sadecki made two starts but in his 32 relief appearances, he logged 66.2 IP. Even rookie Brent Strom, in six relief outings compiled 8.1 innings. The 1972 bullpen had a 3.04 ERA, compared to a 3.45 league ERA. A successful pen without a LOOGY – what a concept!
Perhaps no one but me will find this interesting or useful but as of right now, I feel good making this contribution to cyberspace. Now the next person looking for the 1972 Mets Opening Day roster will find something. If you have any corrections and can provide a cite, please list in the comments section below.