The year 1972 consisted of Sports Championship winners Boston Bruins (NHL), Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), Oakland Athletics (MLB)
The 1972 NHL
Stanley Cup championship series between the Boston Bruins
and the New York Rangers
was a hard-fought series that went the full seven games. The Bruins, led by Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr, were the defending Stanley Cup champions and the Rangers were looking to win their first Cup since 1940
. The series was close throughout and the Bruins took a 3-2 series lead after five games. The Rangers forced a Game 7 with a 3-2 victory in Game 6, but the Bruins prevailed in the deciding game, winning 3-0 to win the Cup. Esposito was the leading scorer in the series with seven points and Orr was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the most valuable player of the playoffs.
The 1972 NFL
Super Bowl game between the Dallas Cowboys
and Miami Dolphins
was a classic showdown of two of the top teams in the league. The Cowboys had a star-studded lineup featuring quarterback Roger Staubach, running back Calvin Hill, and wide receiver Bob Hayes. The Dolphins were led by quarterback Bob Griese, running back Larry Csonka, and wide receiver Paul Warfield. The game was a defensive battle with both teams playing tough defense. The Cowboys were able to come out on top, winning 24-3. This was the first of five Super Bowl victories for the Cowboys, and the first of two consecutive Super Bowl victories for the Dolphins. The 1972
Super Bowl was a classic game between two of the NFL
's best teams, and it was a great way to kick off the Super Bowl era.
The 1972 NBA
championship final series was a thrilling seven-game series between the Los Angeles Lakers
and the New York Knicks
. The Lakers, led by Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and Gail Goodrich, were the heavy favorites, having won 33 of their last 36 games. The Knicks, however, were no pushover, led by Walt Frazier, Dave DeBusschere, and Bill Bradley. The series went back and forth, with the Lakers eventually winning in game seven by a score of 112-108. Chamberlain was the star of the series, averaging 24.7 points and 20.6 rebounds per game. The Lakers' victory marked the first time in NBA
history that a team had won the championship after being down three games to one in the series.
World Series between the Oakland Athletics
and the Cincinnati Reds
was a classic. The A's, led by manager Dick Williams, had won the American League West Division title, while the Reds, managed by Sparky Anderson, had won the National League West Division. The A's swept the series in four games, winning the first two in Oakland
and the last two in Cincinnati
. The A's pitching staff was dominant, allowing only three runs in the entire series, and the offense was led by Reggie Jackson, who hit two home runs in Game 6 to help the A's clinch the championship. The Reds, meanwhile, were led by Pete Rose, who led the team in batting average, and Joe Morgan, who led the team in RBIs. The 1972
World Series was a showcase of the great talent on both sides, and the A's were able to come out on top in the end.