1962 San Francisco Giants season

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1962 San Francisco Giants
National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Horace Stoneham
Manager(s) Alvin Dark
Local television KTVU
(Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons)
Local radio KSFO
(Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons)
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The 1962 San Francisco Giants season saw the Giants finish in first place in the National League with a record of 103 wins and 62 losses. They finished the season tied with their arch-rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, for first place in the league, necessitating a three-game tiebreaker playoff to determine the pennant winner. The Giants won two of the three games to take their first National League title since moving to San Francisco, making the Giants the first NL Champions of the 162-game schedule era. They went on to the 1962 World Series, where they lost in seven games to the New York Yankees.

Offseason[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

Opening Day starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1962 San Francisco Giants
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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

= Indicates team leader
Pos. Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Haller, TomTom Haller 99 272 53 71 .261 18 55 1
1B Cepeda, OrlandoOrlando Cepeda 162 625 105 191 .306 35 114 10
2B Hiller, ChuckChuck Hiller 161 602 94 166 .276 3 48 5
3B Davenport, JimJim Davenport 144 485 83 144 .297 14 58 2
SS Pagán, JoséJosé Pagán 164 580 73 150 .259 7 57 13
LF Kuenn, HarveyHarvey Kuenn 130 487 73 148 .304 10 68 3
CF Mays, WillieWillie Mays 162 621 130 189 .304 49 141 18
RF Alou, FelipeFelipe Alou 154 561 96 177 .316 25 98 10

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Other batters[edit]

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

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Bailey, EdEd Bailey 96 254 32 59 .232 17 45 1
McCovey, WillieWillie McCovey 91 229 41 67 .293 20 54 3
Alou, MattyMatty Alou 78 195 28 57 .292 3 14 3
Mota, MannyManny Mota 47 74 9 13 .176 0 9 3
Orsino, JohnJohn Orsino 18 48 4 13 .271 0 4 0
Nieman, BobBob Nieman 30 30 1 9 .300 1 3 0

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
O'Dell, BillyBilly O'Dell 43 280.2 19 14 3.53 195
Sanford, JackJack Sanford 39 265.1 24 7 3.43 147
Marichal, JuanJuan Marichal 37 262.2 18 11 3.36 153
Pierce, BillyBilly Pierce 30 162.1 16 6 3.49 76

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 ERA SO
McCormick, MikeMike McCormick 28 98.2 5 5 5.38 42
Perry, GaylordGaylord Perry 13 43 3 1 5.23 20

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Miller, StuStu Miller 59 5 8 19 4.12 78
Larsen, DonDon Larsen 49 5 4 11 4.38 58
Bolin, BobbyBobby Bolin 41 7 3 5 3.62 74
Duffalo, JimJim Duffalo 24 1 2 0 3.64 29
Garibaldi, BobBob Garibaldi 9 0 0 1 5.11 9
LeMay, DickDick LeMay 9 0 1 1 7.71 5

1962 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1962 World Series

Game 1[edit]

October 4, 1962 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 6 11 0
San Francisco (N) 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
W: Whitey Ford (1-0)  L: Billy O'Dell (0-1)
HR: NYYClete Boyer (1)

Roger Maris' two-run double in the first inning set up Yankee starter Whitey Ford with a lead, but Willie Mays scored for the Giants in the second, ending Ford's record consecutive scoreless inning streak at 3323. Chuck Hiller's double and Felipe Alou's hit in the third tied the game, but the Yankees broke the tie in the 7th on Clete Boyer's HR and scored three insurance runs in the final two innings. Ford's complete game victory was the first of six in the series, four for the Yankees and two for the Giants.

Game 2[edit]

October 5, 1962 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
San Francisco (N) 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 2 6 0
W: Jack Sanford (1-0)  L: Ralph Terry (0-1)
HR: SFGWillie McCovey (1)

With the Giants protecting a 1-0 lead in the 7th inning, Willie McCovey smashed a tremendous home run over the right field fence to boost 24-game winner Jack Sanford to 2-0 shutout of the Yankees, who managed only 3 hits.

Game 3[edit]

October 7, 1962 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 3
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 x 3 5 1
W:Bill Stafford (1-0)   L: Billy Pierce (0-1)
HR: SFGEd Bailey (1)

The Yankees ended a scoreless tie in the 7th, scoring three times. Roger Maris drove a base hit off starter Billy Pierce for two runs batted in, and alert base-running allowed him to score the winning run in a 3-2 Yankee victory. Giants catcher Ed Bailey's 2-run homer in the top of the 9th left the Giants a run short.

Game 4[edit]

October 8, 1962 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco (N) 0 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 7 9 1
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 9 1
W: Don Larsen (1-0)   L: Jim Coates (0-1)
HR: SFGTom Haller (1), Chuck Hiller (1)

For the second time in two days, a Giants' catcher stroked a two-run homer when Tom Haller hit his off Whitey Ford in the second inning. After the Yankees tied the score at 2-2, second baseman Chuck Hiller hit the first National League grand slam in World Series history in the 7th, and the Giants went on to win 7-3. The game marked the only appearance in this series of future Hall-of-famer Juan Marichal, who started for the Giants.

Don Larsen was the winning pitcher in relief, six years to the day of his perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

Game 5[edit]

October 10, 1962 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco (N) 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 8 2
New York (A) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 x 5 6 0
W: Ralph Terry (1-1)   L: Jack Sanford (1-1)
HR: SFGJosé Pagán (1)   NYYTom Tresh (1)

Hot hitting José Pagán drove in two runs with a single in the third and a home run in the 5th, but with the score tied 2-2 in the 8th, Tom Tresh walloped what proved to be the winning homer, a three-run shot that scored Bobby Richardson and Tony Kubek in front of him. With the series returning to San Francisco the Yankees had the edge, 3 games to 2, only to have the sixth game delayed four days by rain.

Game 6[edit]

October 15, 1962 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 3 2
San Francisco (N) 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 x 5 10 1
W: Billy Pierce (1-1)  L: Whitey Ford (1-1)
HR: NYYRoger Maris (1)

In a battle of left-handed starting pitchers, Pierce out-dueled Ford and tossed a brilliant complete-game 3-hitter as the Giants evened the series at three wins apiece with a 5-2 victory. The Yankees' only runs came on a Maris solo home run in the 5th inning and an RBI single by Tony Kubek in the 8th inning.

Game 7[edit]

October 16, 1962 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (A) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
San Francisco (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
W: Ralph Terry (2-1)  L: Jack Sanford (1-2)

The only run of this classic game occurred in the 5th inning when Tony Kubek grounded into a double play, with Bill Skowron scoring from third. Ralph Terry, pitching the seventh game instead of Jim Bouton because of the rain delays, had given up Bill Mazeroski's Series-winning walk-off home run two years earlier in Pittsburgh but in his third start completely stifled the Giants' power hitters.

In the bottom of the 9th, pinch-hitter Matty Alou, batting for relief pitcher Billy O'Dell, led off the inning with a bunt base hit after first having a foul ball dropped, but Terry struck out the next two batters, Felipe Alou and Hiller. Mays hit a double into the right field corner, but Maris brilliantly played the carom, then hit cut-off man Richardson with a throw that was relayed perfectly to home. Alou, already aware of Maris' great arm, stopped at third. Facing Willie McCovey with two outs, Terry elected to pitch to him rather than walk the bases loaded and bring up Orlando Cepeda. Terry's inside fastball on the second pitch completely handcuffed McCovey, who nonetheless adjusted his bat in mid-swing to extend his arms and hit what he later claimed was the hardest ball he had ever struck. The line drive appeared at first to be going over the head of a perfectly-positioned Richardson, but was in fact sinking from topspin and Richardson made the catch without leaping to end the game. The Yankees won their 20th World Championship; they would not win another World Championship until 1977.

Awards and honors[edit]

1962 All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Giants Pacific Coast League Red Davis
AA El Paso Sun Kings Texas League George Genovese
A Springfield Giants Eastern League Andy Gilbert
B Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Bud Byerly
C Fresno Giants California League Sal Taormina
D Salem Rebels Appalachian League Alex Cosmidis
D Lakeland Giants Florida State League Bert Haas and Max Lanier
D Decatur Commodores Midwest League Richie Klaus

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Cincinnati Reds
1961
National League Championship Season
1962
Succeeded by
Los Angeles Dodgers
1963