In December of 1971 the White Sox sent Tommy John to the Dodgers in exchange for Dick Allen. Allen rewarded them by leading the league in homers, RBI's, walks and was 3rd in batting average. He was a near unanimous choice for AL MVP. In the 1972 All Star game he grounded out in all 3 at bats.
Rod Carew drove in the first run of the 1972 All Star game. Bill Freehan led off the 3rd with a walk. Jim Palmer bunted him over to 2nd and he scored on Carew's single to centerfield.
In 1971 Bobby Grich was the MVP of the International League playing for the Orioles' AAA Rochester Red Wings. In 1972 he represented the Orioles as the starting shortstop in the All Star game. Luis Aparicio was elected starting shortstop but was injured and Grich got the start. He was 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.
In 1972 Brooks Robinson won his 13th consecutive Gold Glove and appeared in his 16th consecutive All Star game. He went 0 for 2 at the plate and had only one assist in the field before being replaced by Sal Bando in the 5th.