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]

American League final standings[edit]

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Yankees 96   66 .593     –
2nd Minnesota Twins 91   71 .562   5.0
3rd Los Angeles Angels 86   76 .531   10.0
4th Detroit Tigers 85   76 .528   10.5
5th Chicago White Sox 85   77 .525   11.0
6th Cleveland Indians 80   82 .494   16.0
7th Baltimore Orioles 77   85 .475   19.0
8th Boston Red Sox 76   84 .475   19.0
9th Kansas City Athletics 72   90 .444   24.0
10th Washington Senators 60   101 .373   35.5

National League final standings[edit]

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st San Francisco Giants 103   62 .624     –
2nd Los Angeles Dodgers 102   63 .618   1.0
3rd Cincinnati Reds 98   64 .605   3.5
4th Pittsburgh Pirates 93   68 .578   8.0
5th Milwaukee Braves 86   76 .531   15.5
6th St. Louis Cardinals 84   78 .519   17.5
7th Philadelphia Phillies 81   80 .503   20.0
8th Houston Colt .45s 64   96 .400   36.5
9th Chicago Cubs 59   103 .364   42.5
10th New York Mets 40   120 .250   60.5



  • April 12 – In his Major League debut, Pete Richert of the Los Angeles Dodgers ties Karl Spooner's record by striking out the first six Major League batters he faces. He enters the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium with two out in the second inning and strikes out Vada Pinson for the final out. He then records a four-strikeout third inning; the victims are Frank Robinson, Gordy Coleman (who reaches first on a Johnny Roseboro passed ball), Wally Post and Johnny Edwards. To date, Richert is the only pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning in his Major League debut. His record-tying sixth strikeout is of Tommy Harper leading off the fourth inning. The Dodgers defeat the Reds 11–7 with Richert gaining the victory, having struck out seven batters, walking none, and allowing no hits in 313 innings.


  • May 12 - New York Mets relief pitcher Craig Anderson wins both ends of a doubleheader against the Milwaukee Braves. Success will soon turn to failure, because Anderson will lose his next 16 decisions on the season and 19 decisions overall. In fact, he will never win another game in the major leagues.
  • June 27 - In Pittsburgh, the Mets' Richie Ashburn singles in the 4th inning against Bob Friend. It is Ashburn's 2,500th career hit, and he is the 39th player in history to reach that level. the Pirates win the game, 6-5, in 10 innings.
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax
  • July 9 – At a meeting held in conjunction with the All-Star Game, the major league players request a reduced schedule for the 1963 season. They also vote unanimously to continue playing two All-Star Games each year.
  • July 14 - Unfortunately for Ralph Branca, it is 11 years too late and it doesn't count anyway. In the New York Mets' first Old-Timers' Game, reliever Ralph Branca faces Bobby Thomson, the man who hit the historic 1951 home run against him to give the Giants the 1951 pennant. This time Branca gets Thomson out on a fly ball to center field. In the real game itself, the Dodgers smash the Mets, 17-0.
  • July 20 - The Cardinals' Minnie Miñoso returns to action for the first time since May 11, when he fractured his skull and broke his right wrist running into an outfield wall. On August 19, he is hit by a pitch by the Mets' Craig Anderson in the 6th and suffers a broken bone in his left forearm.
  • July 22 - The Chicago White Sox Floyd Robinson is 6 for 6 - all singles - in a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
  • July 26 – Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves sets the National League record for home runs by a pitcher, when he hits his 31st off New York's Craig Anderson. Spahn also deals the Mets their 11th straight loss in a 6–1 Milwaukee victory.


  • November 23 – Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills, whose 104 stolen bases broke a major league season-record set by Ty Cobb, wins the National League Most Valuable Player Award. In a controversial vote, Wills beats out teammate Tommy Davis, who led the league with a .346 batting average and 153 RBI.
  • November 29:
    • After 61 years, the American Association (AAA) folds, with some of the franchises being absorbed by the International League and the Pacific Coast League. The PCL adds the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Denver, Colorado and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma clubs and drops the Vancouver, BC club. The International League adds the Indianapolis, Indiana and Little Rock, Arkansas clubs. As a result, both leagues became ten-club leagues.
    • MLB officials and player representatives agree to return to a single All-Star Game in 1963. The players' pension fund will receive 95 percent of the one game's proceeds (rather than 60 percent of the two games).









  • 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 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 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