1962 Houston Colt .45s season

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1962 Houston Colt .45s
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 64–96 (.400)
League place 8th
Other information
Owner(s) Craig F. Cullinan, Jr., Roy Hofheinz
Manager(s) Harry Craft
Local television KTRK
(Al Helfer, Gene Elston, Guy Savage)
Local radio KPRC (AM)
(Al Helfer, Gene Elston, Loel Passe)
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The 1962 Houston Colt .45s were an expansion team in American Major League Baseball's National League, and 1962 was the first season in franchise history. Harry Craft was Houston's first manager. The Colts finished eighth among the National League's ten teams with a record of 64-96, 36½ games behind the league champion San Francisco Giants.

Offseason[edit]

Expansion draft[edit]

The Colt .45s were one of two teams added to the National League before the 1962 season, the other being the New York Mets. This brought the number of teams in the NL to ten, matching the 1961 expansion of the American League.

Regular phase[edit]

$75,000 per player

Premium phase[edit]

$125,000 per player

Regular season[edit]

The Colt .45s started their inaugural season on April 10, 1962 with an 11-2 win against the Chicago Cubs, highlighted by a three run home run in the bottom of the third inning by Román Mejías.[8] The .45s would go on to sweep the Cubs in their first three game series at Colt Stadium. The team finished April with a 7-8 record, 4 games in front of the expansion Mets and only 5 games behind the National League leading Pirates and Giants.

By June 2, with the second loss to the Pirates in Pittsburgh, the Colt .45s had fallen to 16 games behind eventual National League Champion Giants, a deficit that no pre-wild card team had recovered from to make the post season.[9] And, with an August 21 loss at the hands of the Phillies,[10] the Houston Colt .45s were mathematically eliminated from the postseason with a 37 game deficit to the Dodgers with 37 games left.

To get an idea of how the first season was for Houston, look at the team's best pitcher, Richard "Turk" Farrell. A starter for the Colt .45s, he was primarily a relief pitcher when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. Turk lost 20 games in 1962, but had an ERA of 3.02. Turk was selected to both All-Star games that year.[11]

There was a bright spot in the line up in 1962. Román Mejías, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the expansion draft, was named the Colt .45s starting right fielder. It was in Houston that Mejías would play the best season of his career. While he played better the first half of the season, an injury slowed him the second half of the season. However, he still finished with a .286 batting average, 24 home runs, and 76 RBIs. His modesty and his hard play made him a fan favorite that year. Despite his good year, Mejías was traded to the Boston Red Sox in the fall of 1962.[12]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
San Francisco Giants 103 62 -- .624
Los Angeles Dodgers 102 63 1 .618
Cincinnati Reds 98 64 3.5 .605
Pittsburgh Pirates 93 68 8 .578
Milwaukee Braves 86 76 15.5 .531
St. Louis Cardinals 84 78 17.5 .519
Philadelphia Phillies 81 80 20 .503
Houston Colt .45s 64 96 36.5 .400
Chicago Cubs 59 103 42.5 .364
New York Mets 40 120 60.5 .250

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1962 Houston Colt .45s
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

Houston Colt .45s 1962 Regular Season Game Log

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases Positional abbreviations: C = Catcher; 1B = First base; 2B = Second base; 3B = Third base; SS = Shortstop; LF = Left field; CF = Center field; RF = Right field

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
C Smith, HalHal Smith 109 345 32 81 14 0 .235 12 35 0
1B Larker, NormNorm Larker 147 506 58 133 19 5 .263 9 63 1
2B Amalfitano, JoeyJoey Amalfitano 117 380 44 90 12 5 .237 1 27 4
3B Aspromonte, BobBob Aspromonte 149 534 59 142 18 4 .266 11 59 4
SS Lillis, BobBob Lillis 129 457 38 114 12 4 .249 1 30 7
LF Spangler, AlAl Spangler 129 418 51 119 10 9 .285 5 35 7
CF Warwick, CarlCarl Warwick 130 477 63 124 17 1 .260 16 60 2
RF Mejías, RománRomán Mejías 146 566 82 162 12 3 .286 24 76 12

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
Hartman, J. C.J. C. Hartman 51 148 11 33 5 0 .223 0 5 1
Heist, AlAl Heist 27 72 4 16 1 0 .222 0 3 0
Roberts, DaveDave Roberts 16 53 3 13 3 0 .245 1 10 0
Taussig, DonDon Taussig 16 25 1 5 0 0 .200 1 1 0
Gernert, DickDick Gernert 10 24 1 5 0 0 .208 0 1 0
Williams, GeorgeGeorge Williams 5 8 1 3 1 0 .375 0 2 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L ERA R ER BB K
Farrell, TurkTurk Farrell 43 29 241.2 10 20 3.02 91 81 55 203
Johnson, KenKen Johnson 33 31 197 7 16 3.03 100 84 46 178
Bruce, BobBob Bruce 32 27 175 10 9 4.06 92 79 82 135
Woodeshick, HalHal Woodeshick 31 26 139.1 5 16 4.39 84 68 54 82

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L SV ERA R ER BB K
Golden, JimJim Golden 37 18 152.2 7 11 1 4.07 84 69 50 88
Giusti, DaveDave Giusti 22 5 73.2 2 3 0 5.62 49 46 30 43
Brunet, GeorgeGeorge Brunet 17 11 54 2 4 0 4.50 31 27 21 36
Drott, DickDick Drott 6 1 13 1 0 0 7.62 12 11 9 10

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA R ER BB K
McMahon, DonDon McMahon 51 76.2 5 5 8 1.53 14 13 33 69
Tiefenauer, BobbyBobby Tiefenauer 43 85 2 4 1 4.34 42 41 21 60
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson 10 17.2 0 0 0 5.09 12 10 3 6
Cicotte, AlAl Cicotte 5 4.2 0 0 0 3.86 4 2 1 4

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma City 89ers American Association Connie Ryan
B Durham Bulls Carolina League Lou Fitzgerald
C Modesto Colt .45s California League Fred Hatfield
D Moultrie Colt .22s Georgia-Florida League Jim Walton

References[edit]

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