Bob Gibson pitched the first 2 innings of the 1972 All Star game. He only gave up one hit. In fact it was the only ball to leave the infield. Reggie Jackson doubled to the right-center gap but was left on base in the 1st.
In 1972 the 24 year old Johnny Bench won his 2nd NL MVP award. He also won his 5th consecutive Gold Glove and appeared in his 5th consecutive All Star game. The future Hall of Famer singled and grounded into a double play in 5 innings. He was replaced by Manny Sanguillen of the Pirates.