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Strike empties 1972 Dodgers' clubhouse

Strike empties 1972 Dodgers’ clubhouse

April 2, 1972: The Dodgers’ equipment manager Nobu Kawano has everything ready in the Los Angeles clubhouse for the start of baseball season. Only one thing missing, the players are out on strike.

The strike ended on April 13, 1972. An Associated Press story in the April 14, 1972, Los Angeles Times reported:

The baseball strike ended in its 13th day Thursday when the owners and players agreed to start the 1972 season on Saturday without rescheduling any of the 86 games postponed by the player-walkout .…

Because of the fact that games postponed will not be rescheduled, the season now will range from 153 games for some teams to 156 games for others. Division winners will be determined on the basis of won-lost percentage ….

The Dodgers played 155 games, ending the season third in the National League West Division with an 85-70 record.

This photo by retired staff photographer Art Rogers was published in the April 3, 1972, Los Angeles Times.

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