1962 New York Mets season

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1962 New York Mets
Inaugural Season
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Joan Whitney Payson
Manager(s) Casey Stengel
Local television WOR-TV
Local radio WABC (AM)
(Ralph Kiner, Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy)
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The 1962 New York Mets season was the first regular season for the Mets, as the National League returned to New York for the first time since 1957. They went 40–120 and finished tenth and last in the National League, 60 12 games behind the NL Champion San Francisco Giants, who once called New York home. The Mets' 120 losses are the most by any MLB team in one season since 1899.

The Mets were managed by Casey Stengel and played their home games at the Polo Grounds, which was their temporary home while Shea Stadium was being built in Queens. They are rather infamous for their futility, and were one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball history. The pitching staff allowed the most runs (948) in the majors.

Despite the futility of the team, fans came out in droves. Their attendance of 922,530 was good enough for 6th in the National League that year.

The season was chronicled in Jimmy Breslin's humorous best-selling book Can't Anybody Here Play This Game? The title came from a remark made by Manager Casey Stengel expressing his frustration over the team's ineptitude.

Offseason[edit]

  • July 20, 1961: Paul Blair was signed as an amateur free agent by the Mets.[1]
  • October 16, 1961: Billy Loes was purchased by the Mets from the San Francisco Giants.[2]
  • November 28, 1961: The Mets traded a player to be named later and cash to the Milwaukee Braves for Frank Thomas and a player to be named later. The deal was completed on May 21, 1962, when the Mets sent Gus Bell to the Braves, and the Braves sent Rick Herrscher to the Mets.[3]
  • January 30, 1962: Joe Ginsberg was signed as a free agent by the Mets.[4]
  • March 2, 1962: Billy Loes was returned by the Mets to the San Francisco Giants.[2]

Expansion draft[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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 New York Mets
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Cannizzaro, ChrisChris Cannizzaro 59 133 32 .241 0 9
1B Throneberry, MarvMarv Throneberry 116 357 87 .244 16 49
2B Neal, CharlieCharlie Neal 136 508 132 .260 11 58
3B Mantilla, FélixFélix Mantilla 141 466 128 .275 11 59
SS Chacón, ElioElio Chacón 118 368 87 .236 2 27
LF Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas 156 571 152 .266 34 94
CF Hickman, JimJim Hickman 140 392 96 .245 13 46
RF Christopher, JoeJoe Christopher 119 271 66 .244 6 32

[15]

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ashburn, RichieRichie Ashburn 135 389 119 .306 7 28
Kanehl, RodRod Kanehl 133 351 87 .248 4 27
Woodling, GeneGene Woodling 81 190 52 .274 5 24
Taylor, SammySammy Taylor 68 158 35 .222 3 20
Coleman, Choo ChooChoo Choo Coleman 55 152 38 .250 6 17
Hodges, GilGil Hodges 54 127 32 .252 9 17
Cook, CliffCliff Cook 40 112 26 .232 2 9
Bell, GusGus Bell 30 101 15 .149 1 6
Bouchee, EdEd Bouchee 50 87 14 .161 3 10
Pignatano, JoeJoe Pignatano 27 56 13 .232 0 2
Drake, SammySammy Drake 25 52 10 .192 0 7
Zimmer, DonDon Zimmer 14 52 4 .077 0 1
Herrscher, RickRick Herrscher 35 50 11 .220 1 6
Landrith, HobieHobie Landrith 23 45 13 .289 1 7
Chiti, HarryHarry Chiti 15 41 8 .195 0 0
Marshall, JimJim Marshall 17 32 11 .344 3 4
Smith, Bobby GeneBobby Gene Smith 8 22 3 .136 0 2
DeMerit, JohnJohn DeMerit 14 16 3 .188 1 1
Kranepool, EdEd Kranepool 3 6 1 .167 0 0
Ginsberg, JoeJoe Ginsberg 2 5 0 .000 0 0

[15]

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Hook, JayJay Hook 37 213.2 8 19 4.84 113
Craig, RogerRoger Craig 42 233.1 10 24 4.51 118
Jackson, AlAl Jackson 36 231.1 8 20 4.40 118

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Miller, Bob L.Bob L. Miller 33 143.2 1 12 0 4.89 91
Anderson, CraigCraig Anderson 50 131.1 3 17 4 5.35 62
Moorhead, BobBob Moorhead 38 105.1 0 2 0 4.53 63
Hunter, WillardWillard Hunter 27 63 1 6 0 5.57 40
Jones, ShermanSherman Jones 8 23.1 0 4 0 7.71 11
Cisco, GalenGalen Cisco 4 19.1 1 1 0 3.26 13
Foss, LarryLarry Foss 5 11.2 0 1 0 4.63 3

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Daviault, RayRay Daviault 36 81 1 5 0 6.22 51
MacKenzie, KenKen MacKenzie 42 80 5 4 1 4.95 51
Mizell, Vinegar BendVinegar Bend Mizell 17 38 0 2 0 7.34 15
Miller, Bob G.Bob G. Miller 17 20.1 2 2 1 7.08 8
Hillman, DaveDave Hillman 13 16.2 0 0 1 6.32 8
Moford, HerbHerb Moford 7 15 0 1 0 7.20 5
Labine, ClemClem Labine 3 4 0 0 0 11.25 2

Awards and honors[edit]

League top five finishers[edit]

Richie Ashburn

  • #3 in NL in bases on balls (81)

Roger Craig

  • MLB leader in losses (24)
  • #2 in NL in home runs allowed (35)
  • #3 in NL in earned runs allowed (117)

Jay Hook

  • #4 in NL in earned runs allowed (115)
  • #4 in NL in home runs allowed (31)

Al Jackson

  • #2 in NL in losses (20)

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Frank Verdi and Johnny Vander Meer
C Santa Barbara Rancheros California League Gene Lillard
D Quincy Jets Midwest League Ken Deal
D Auburn Mets New York-Penn League Dick Cole

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Auburn

Syracuse affiliation shared with Washington Senators

Notes[edit]

References[edit]