1962 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1962 throughout the world. The 1962 season is perhaps most notable for the dismal 40–120 record of the New York Mets, the third-worst winning percentage and the record for most games lost since 1900.

Major League Baseball[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

American League National League
AVG Pete Runnels BOS .326 Tommy Davis LAD .346
HR Harmon Killebrew MIN 48 Willie Mays SFG 49
RBI Harmon Killebrew MIN 126 Tommy Davis LAD 153
Wins Ralph Terry NYY 23 Don Drysdale LAD 25
ERA Hank Aguirre DET 2.21 Sandy Koufax LAD 2.54
Ks Camilo Pascual MIN 206 Don Drysdale LAD 232

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

Events[edit]

January–April[edit]

May–August[edit]

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax

September–December[edit]

Movies[edit]

Births[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January–April[edit]

  • January 5 – Frank Snyder, 68, catcher for the Cardinals and Giants, including the 1921–22 World Series champions
  • January 7 – Dutch Lerchen, 72, shortstop for the 1910 Boston Red Sox
  • January 10 – Fred Bratschi, 69, outfielder for the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox between 1921 and 1927
  • January 14 – Les Mann, 68, outfielder for five NL teams who in the 1914 World Series drove in Game 2's only run in the top of the 9th and scored the winning run in the 12th inning of Game 3 for the "Miracle Braves"
  • January 26 – Steve O'Neill, 70, longtime Indians catcher who later managed the Tigers to the 1945 World Series title
  • January 27 – Joe Vosmik, 51, All-Star outfielder who hit .307 lifetime, over .300 six times
  • February 6 – Ernest Lanigan, 89, statistician, sportswriter and historian who in the 1890s devised the run batted in and other statistics, in 1922 wrote the sport's first comprehensive biographical encyclopedia; later historian at the Hall of Fame for ten years
  • February 24 – Max Bishop, 62, second baseman for the Athletics' pennant winners from 1929 to 1931, coach at the Naval Academy since 1938
  • March 16 – George Orme, 70, backup outfielder who played for the 1920 Boston Red Sox
  • March 17 - Kay Rohrer, 39, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League catcher for the 1945 Rockford Peaches champion team
  • March 29 – Otto Miller, 72, catcher for the Dodgers from 1910 to 1922, including two NL champions
  • April 5 – Vince Shupe, 40, first baseman for the 1945 Boston Braves, and one of many players who only appeared in the majors during World War II
  • April 21 – Bill Norman, 51, outfielder for the White Sox in 1931–32, longtime minor league pilot, and manager of the Tigers from June 1958 through early May 1959
  • April 30 – Al Demaree, 77, pitcher who won 80 games for four NL teams, later a noted sports cartoonist

May–August[edit]

  • May 10 – Lefty Willis, 56, pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1925 to 1927
  • May 23 – Rip Radcliff, 56, All-Star outfielder who batted .311 for the White Sox, Browns and Tigers, led AL in hits in 1940
  • June 7 - George Shively, 69, Negro league baseball left fielder from 1910 to 1924
  • June 11 – Nap Kloza, 58, outfielder for the St. Louis Browns in the early 1930s, later a manager for the AAGPBL Rockford Peaches
  • June 28 – Mickey Cochrane, 59, Hall of Fame catcher who was MVP in 1928 and 1934, batting .320 lifetime, and managed Tigers to World Series title in 1935
  • July 3 – Jimmy Walsh, 56, Irish outfielder for the 1916 Boston Red Sox World Champions, who also hit better than .300 ten times in the International League, winning the league batting title in 1925 and 1926
  • July 14 – Howard Craghead, 58, pitched for the Cleveland Indians in the 1931 and 1933 seasons
  • July 18 – Carl Holling, 66, pitched for the Detroit Tigers in the 1920s
  • July 23 – Ralph Shinners, 66, outfielder for the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals from 1922 to 1925, and later a manager in the AAGPBL
  • July 29 – Burt Shotton, 77, outfielder for the Browns and Cardinals, later managed Dodgers to two NL pennants
  • August 11 – Jake Volz, 84, pitcher for the Boston Americans, Boston Beaneaters and Cincinnati Reds between 1901 and 1908

September–December[edit]

  • September 1 – Hank Garrity, 54, catcher for the 1931 Chicago White Sox
  • September 12 – Spot Poles, 74, star outfielder of the Negro Leagues
  • October 31 - Larry Goetz, 67, National League umpire
  • November 14 – Dick Hoblitzel, 74, first baseman on Red Sox champions of 1915–1916
  • November 16 – Hugh High, 75, Outfielder for the Tigers and Yankees; 1913–1918.
  • November 27 – Bob Peterson, 78, catcher for the Boston Americans between 1906 and 1907
  • November 29 – Red Kress, 55, coach for the Mets, previously an AL shortstop during the 1930s
  • December 7 – Bobo Newsom, 55, much-traveled All-Star pitcher who won 211 games with nine different teams, including five stints with the Senators
  • December 7 – J. G. Taylor Spink, 74, publisher and editor of The Sporting News since 1914 and a tireless champion of the sport