1872 Season News

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 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.

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.)
1872 National Association
Team Record PCT
Boston Red Stockings 39-8 .830
Philadelphia Athletics 30-14 .682
Baltimore Canaries 35-19 .648
New York Mutuals 34-20 .630
Troy Haymakers 15-10 .600
Cleveland Forest Citys 6-16 .273
Brooklyn Atlantics 9-28 .243
Washington Olympics 2-7 .222
Middletown Mansfields 5-19 .208
Brooklyn Eckfords 3-26 .103
Washington Nationals 0-11 .000
National Association Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Boston Red Stockings 39 8 0.830 521 11.09 236 5.02 7 0 0.317 0.326 0.409 1.99 27 28 0.874 n/a
Philadelphia Athletics 30 14 0.682 539 12.25 349 7.93 4 3 0.317 0.338 0.380 3.01 26 44 0.858 n/a
Baltimore Canaries 35 19 0.648 617 11.43 434 8.04 14 3 0.290 0.297 0.370 3.02 63 75 0.829 n/a
New York Mutuals 34 20 0.630 523 9.69 362 6.70 4 2 0.276 0.292 0.327 2.55 32 44 0.867 n/a
Troy Haymakers 15 10 0.600 273 10.92 191 7.64 5 2 0.293 0.297 0.375 3.08 10 18 0.862 n/a
Cleveland Forest Citys 6 16 0.273 174 7.91 254 11.55 0 6 0.291 0.304 0.343 4.57 24 11 0.823 n/a
Brooklyn Atlantics 9 28 0.243 237 6.41 473 12.78 0 6 0.252 0.262 0.297 5.06 19 13 0.810 n/a
Washington Olympics 2 7 0.222 54 6.00 140 15.56 0 0 0.256 0.264 0.306 6.38 5 1 0.786 n/a
Middletown Mansfields 5 19 0.208 220 9.17 348 14.50 1 5 0.301 0.304 0.350 5.97 13 5 0.806 n/a
Brooklyn Eckfords 3 26 0.103 152 5.24 413 14.24 0 6 0.219 0.229 0.254 5.73 24 11 0.798 n/a
Washington Nationals 0 11 0.000 80 7.27 190 17.27 0 2 0.228 0.230 0.243 6.91 3 2 0.765 n/a