1962 Houston Colt .45s season

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1962 Houston Colt .45s
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record64–96 (.400)
League place8th
Other information
Owner(s)Craig F. Cullinan, Jr., Roy Hofheinz
General manager(s)Paul Richards
Manager(s)Harry Craft
Local televisionKTRK
(Al Helfer, Gene Elston, Guy Savage)
Local radioKPRC (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 .45s 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

1961 minor league affiliates[edit]

The Colt .45s and Mets were established on October 17, 1960, giving them time to acquire professional minor-league players, sign amateur free agents (there was no MLB first-year player draft until 1965) and enter into working agreements with minor league affiliates during the 1961 season. Houston had formal working agreements with two minor league baseball teams in 1961:

Level Team League Manager
A Jacksonville Jets Sally League Tom Saffell and Dixie Howell
D Salisbury Braves Western Carolinas League Alex Cosmidis

The first game[edit]

April 10, Colt Stadium, Houston, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 5 0
Houston 1 0 4 0 0 0 3 3 X 11 13 2
W: Shantz (1–0)  L: Cardwell (0–1)
HRs: Mejias (2), Smith (1), Banks (1)

Opening Day lineup [8]

14 Bob Aspromonte    3B
21 Al Spangler CF
25 Román Mejías RF
10 Norm Larker 1B
23 Jim Pendleton LF
  8 Hal Smith C
11 Joey Amalfitano    2B
18 Don Buddin SS
42 Bobby Shantz P

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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.[9] 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.[10] And, with an August 21 loss at the hands of the Phillies,[11] 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.[12]

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.[13]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
San Francisco Giants 103 62 0.624 61–21 42–41
Los Angeles Dodgers 102 63 0.618 1 54–29 48–34
Cincinnati Reds 98 64 0.605 58–23 40–41
Pittsburgh Pirates 93 68 0.578 8 51–30 42–38
Milwaukee Braves 86 76 0.531 15½ 49–32 37–44
St. Louis Cardinals 84 78 0.519 17½ 44–37 40–41
Philadelphia Phillies 81 80 0.503 20 46–34 35–46
Houston Colt .45s 64 96 0.400 36½ 32–48 32–48
Chicago Cubs 59 103 0.364 42½ 32–49 27–54
New York Mets 40 120 0.250 60½ 22–58 18–62

Record vs. opponents[edit]


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team CHC CIN HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SF STL
Chicago 4–14 7–11 4–14 8–10 9–9 10–8 4–14 6–12 7–11
Cincinnati 14–4 13–5 9–9 13–5 13–5 8–10 13–5 7–11 8–10
Houston 11–7 5–13 6–12 7–11 13–3–1 1–17 5–13 7–11 9–9–1
Los Angeles 14–4 9–9 12–6 10–8 16–2 14–4 10–8 10–11 7–11
Milwaukee 10–8 5–13 11–7 8–10 12–6 11–7 10–8 7–11 12–6
New York 9–9 5–13 3–13–1 2–16 6–12 4–14 2–16 4–14 5–13
Philadelphia 8–10 10–8 17–1 4–14 7–11 14–4 7–10 5–13 9–9
Pittsburgh 14–4 5–13 13–5 8–10 8–10 16–2 10–7 7–11 12–6
San Francisco 12–6 11–7 11–7 11–10 11–7 14–4 13–5 11–7 9–9
St. Louis 11–7 10–8 9–9–1 11–7 6–12 13–5 9–9 6–12 9–9


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
April 1962 (7–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 10 Cubs 11–2 Shantz (1–0) Cardwell (0–1) 25,271 1–0
2 April 11 Cubs 2–0 Woodeshick (1–0) Hobbie (0–1) Farrell (1) 20,336 2–0
3 April 12 Cubs 2–0 Stone (1–0) Curtis (0–1) 7,838 3–0
4 April 13 @ Phillies 2–3 Hamilton (1–0) Farrell (0–1) 12,633 3–1
5 April 14 @ Phillies 0–3 Mahaffey (2–0) Johnson (0–1) 2,732 3–2
6 April 17 @ Mets 5–2 (11) Golden (1–0) Moford (0–1) Tiefenauer (1) 3,191 4–2
7 April 18 @ Cubs 2–3 (10) Ellsworth (1–0) Farrell (0–2) 3,318 4–3
8 April 19 @ Cubs 6–0 Stone (2–0) Cardwell (0–3) 3,835 5–3
9 April 21 Phillies 1–3 McLish (1–0) Johnson (0–2) Baldschun (1) 21,841 5–4
10 April 22 Phillies 3–4 Owens (1–1) Giusti (0–1) Baldschun (2) 13,130 5–5
11 April 24 Cardinals 4–3 Woodeshick (2–0) Jackson (2–1) 19,335 6–5
12 April 25 Cardinals 5–5 (17) 17,265 6–5
13 April 26 Cardinals 2–3 Gibson (1–1) Johnson (0–3) 15,129 6–6
14 April 27 Braves 1–2 Shaw (2–1) Shantz (1–1) 16,160 6–7
15 April 28 Braves 3–9 Butler (1–0) Giusti (0–2) 22,501 6–8
16 April 29 Braves 3–2 Farrell (1–2) McMahon (0–1) 21,050 7–8
May 1962 (12–19)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
17 May 1 @ Cardinals 4–6 Washburn (2–0) Stone (2–1) Bauta (1) 4,924 7–9
18 May 2 @ Cardinals 1–4 Gibson (2–1) Johnson (0–4) 7,880 7–10
19 May 3 @ Cardinals 0–4 Simmons (4–0) Giusti (0–3) 6,436 7–11
20 May 4 @ Braves 7–4 Bruce (1–0) Hendley (2–2) Farrell (2) 7,811 8–11
21 May 5 @ Braves 5–6 (12) Curtis (1–2) Woodeschick (2–1) 4,920 8–12
22 May 6 @ Braves 2–3 Spahn (3–3) Golden (1–1) 12,635 8–13
23 May 6 @ Braves 9–1 Farrell (2–2) Willey (0–2) 12,635 9–13
24 May 7 Dodgers 9–6 Tiefenauer (1–0) Richert (1–1) 19,170 10–13
25 May 8 Dodgers 6–9 (10) Perranoski (2–0) Tiefenauer (1–1) Roebuck (1) 17,483 10–14
26 May 9 Dodgers 2–9 Podres (2–2) Richert (1–1) 12,684 10–15
27 May 10 Dodgers 2–6 Drysdale (5–1) Bruce (1–1) 15,076 10–16
28 May 11 Giants 7–0 Farrell (3–2) Perry (2–1) 19,003 11–16
29 May 12 Giants 0–11 Marichal (6–2) Woodeshick (2–2) 26,311 11–17
30 May 13 Giants 2–7 Sanford (4–2) Johnson (0–5) 19,879 11–18
31 May 15 @ Dodgers 7–10 Perranoski (3–0) Tiefenauer (1–2) 18,675 11–19
32 May 16 @ Dodgers 2–5 Moeller (2–3) Farrell (3–3) Roebuck (3) 16,075 11–20
33 May 17 @ Dodgers 4–2 (10) Roebuck (2–0) Tiefenauer (1–2) 17,639 11–21
34 May 18 @ Giants 3–2 (10) Johnson (1–5) Sanford (4–3) 18,544 12–21
35 May 19 @ Giants 2–10 McCormick (1–1) Witt (0–1) Larson (3) 16,701 12–22
36 May 20 @ Giants 6–5 Bruce (2–1) Marichal (7–3) Farrell (3) 40,932 13–22
37 May 20 @ Giants 4–7 Pierce (6–0) Woodeshick (2–3) 40,932 13–23
38 May 21 Mets 3–2 Golden (2–1) Mizell (1–2) 16,317 14–23
39 May 22 Mets 3–2 Farrell (4–3) Hook (3–3) 11,980 15–23
40 May 23 Reds 2–0 Johnson (2–5) Purkey (7–1) 9,266 16–23
41 May 24 Reds 0–5 Jay (6–4) Witt (0–2) 8,570 16–24
42 May 25 Pirates 3–4 (13) Face (2–1) Tiefenauer (1–4) Sturdivant (1) 11,350 16–25
43 May 26 Pirates 2–0 Golden (3–1) Friend (4–6) 13,909 17–25
44 May 27 Pirates 2–7 Law (2–1) Johnson (2–6) 11,793 17–26
45 May 28 @ Reds 6–9 Jay (7–4) Farrell (4–4) 8,979 17–27
46 May 30 @ Cubs 8–6 (14) Giusti (1–3) Schultz (3–2) 17,842 18–27
47 May 30 @ Cubs 10–6 McMahon (1–1) Elston (2–2) 3,722 19–27
June 1962 (13–14)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
48 June 1 @ Pirates 4–8 Face (3–1) Golden (3–2) 14,961 19–28
49 June 2 @ Pirates 2–9 Law (3–1) Farrell (4–5) 11,703 19–29
50 June 3 @ Pirates 10–6 Tiefenauer (2–4) Sturdivant (3–3) McMahon (1) 24,282 20–29
51 June 3 @ Pirates 10–3 Johnson (3–6) McBean (5–2) 24,282 21–29
52 June 5 Braves 7–1 Bruce (3–1) Piche (3–1) 11,593 22–29
53 June 6 Braves 3–6 Burdette (3–4) Golden (3–3) 11,569 22–30
54 June 7 Braves 3–2 McMahon (2–1) Spahn (6–6) 14,818 23–30
55 June 8 Dodgers 3–4 (13) L. Sherry (4–2) McMahon (2–2) 15,877 23–31
56 June 9 Dodgers 13–1 Bruce (4–1) Williams (6–2) 11,908 24–31
57 June 10 Dodgers 3–9 Drysdale (10–3) Golden (3–4) 30,027 24–32
58 June 10 Dodgers 7–9 Moeller (5–4) Woodeshick (2–4) Perranoski (7) 30,027 24–33
59 June 11 Mets 1–3 Jackson (3–7) Farrell (4–6) 8,920 24–34
60 June 12 Mets 3–2 Johnson (4–6) Anderson (3–6) 7,344 25–34
61 June 14 Mets 10–2 Bruce (5–1) Hook (4–7) 10,761 26–34
62 June 15 @ Dodgers 2–0 Golden (4–4) Drysdale (10–4) 22,709 27–34
63 June 16 @ Dodgers 4–1 Farrell (5–6) Podres (3–6) 51,530 28–34
64 June 17 @ Dodgers 2–6 Roebuck (4–0) Johnson (4–7) L. Sherry (5) 47,397 28–35
65 June 19 @ Giants 6–4 Giusti (2–3) O'Dell (7–6) Farrell (4) 18,749 29–35
66 June 20 @ Giants 9–5 Stone (3–2) Miller (3–2) McMahon (2) 10,430 30–35
67 June 22 @ Mets 0–2 Jackson (4–8) Farrell (5–7) 11,484 30–36
68 June 22 @ Mets 16–3 Golden (5–4) B. Miller (0–5) 11,484 31–36
69 June 23 @ Mets 2–13 Hook (5–8) Johnson (4–8) 6,425 31–37
70 June 25 @ Phillies 3–4 Green (2–2) Woodeshick (2–5) 8,087 31–38
71 June 26 @ Phillies 0–2 Hamilton (5–5) Farrell (5–8) 18,707 31–39
72 June 26 @ Phillies 4–6 Mahaffey (9–8) Golden (5–5) 18,707 31–40
73 June 29 Reds 0–4 O'Toole (6–9) Johnson (4–9) 7,612 31–41
74 June 30 Reds 7–3 (7) Bruce (6–1) Maloney (2–3) 9,758 32–41
July 1962 (5–24)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
75 July 1 Reds 1–6 Jay (11–7) Golden (5–6) 6,666 32–42
76 July 2 Pirates 2–4 Friend (8–8) Woodeshick (2–6) Face (14) 11,760 32–43
77 July 3 Pirates 2–5 Haddix (7–3) Johnson (4–10) Face (15) 10,729 32–44
78 July 4 Pirates 0–7 Law (7–3) Bruce (6–2) 20,005 32–45
79 July 4 Pirates 3–4 Francis (5–5) Golden (5–7) Face (16) 20,005 32–46
80 July 6 @ Reds 2–0 Woodeshick (3–6) Jay (11–8) 15,871 33–46
81 July 7 @ Reds 1–10 Purkey (14–2) Johnson (4–11) 6,936 33–47
82 July 8 @ Reds 8–12 Maloney (4–3) Farrell (5–9) 18,332 33–48
83 July 8 @ Reds 11–12 (13) O'Toole (8–9) Farrell (5–10) 18,332 33–49
84 July 11 @ Phillies 1–6 Mahaffey (11–9) Woodeshick (3–7) 3,441 33–50
85 July 12 @ Pirates 4–6 McBean (9–5) Golden (5–8) 14,784 33–51
86 July 13 @ Pirates 0–4 Friend (9–9) Farrell (5–11) 15,376 33–52
87 July 14 @ Pirates 2–4 Law (8–4) Bruce (6–3) - 7,343 33–53
88 July 15 Cubs 5–4 Woodeshick (4–7) Buhl (6–7) McMahon (3) 6,907 34–53
89 July 15 Cubs 1–4 Ellsworth (5–13) Johnson (4–12) 6,907 34–54
90 July 17 Phillies 0–3 Hamilton (6–7) Kemmerer (0–1) Baldschun (9) 8,115 34–55
91 July 17 Phillies 2–8 McLish (6–2) Farrell (5–12) Bennett (1) 8,115 34–56
92 July 18 Phillies 2–6 Green (3–2) Bruce (6–4) 5,140 34–57
93 July 19 Phillies 2–6 Short (5–6) Woodeshick (4–8) Baldschun (10) 5,017 34–58
94 July 20 Cardinals 4–3 Farrell (6–12) McDaniel (2–5) 15,422 35–58
95 July 21 Cardinals 0–7 Jackson (9–8) Kemmerer (0–2) 17,742 35–59
96 July 21 Cardinals 7–3 Johnson (5–12) Simmons (8–6) Golden (1) 17,742 36–59
97 July 22 Cardinals 1–3 Gibson (13–6) Bruce (6–5) McDaniel (11) 8,685 36–60
98 July 23 Giants 1–5 Bolin (6–0) Woodeshick (4–9) 12,096 36–61
99 July 24 Giants 1–3 Sanford (13–6) Farrell (6–13) Larsen (6) 11,289 36–62
100 July 25 Giants 2–3 O'Dell (12–8) Golden (5–9) Miller (14) 12,344 36–63
101 July 27 @ Cubs 1–5 Ellsworth (6–14) Woodeshick (4–10) 6,111 36–64
102 July 29 @ Cubs 2–4 Koonce (9–3) Golden (5–10) Cardwell (2) 10,334 36–65
103 July 29 @ Cubs 3–1 Farrell (7–13) Hobbie (3–10) 10,334 37–65
August 1962 (12–19)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
104 August 1 @ Braves 0–3 Shaw (12–8) Woodeshick (4–11) 10,829 37–66
105 August 2 @ Braves 3–0 Farrell (8–13) Burdette (8–7) 8.338 38–66
106 August 3 @ Cardinals 8–3 Johnson (6–12) Gibson (13–8) McMahon (4) 11,853 39–66
107 August 4 @ Cardinals 0–2 Washburn (10–5) Bruce (6–6) 9,390 39–67
108 August 5 @ Cardinals 7–4 Kemmerer (1–2) McDaniel (2–6) McMahon (5) 14,954 40–67
109 August 5 @ Cardinals 4–7 Toth (1–0) Woodeshick (4–12) 14,954 40–68
110 August 6 Reds 0–1 (13) Klippstein (4–2) McMahon (2–3) 8,507 40–69
111 August 7 Reds 0–3 Jay (17–9) Johnson (6–13) 6,523 40–70
112 August 8 Reds 0–4 Nuxhall (2–0) Bruce (6–7) Brosnan (8) 7,350 40–71
113 August 9 Reds 3–7 O'Toole (12–12) Woodeshick (4–13) 5,196 40–72
114 August 10 Braves 6–7 Spahn (12–11) Brunet (0–1) Raymond (5) 7,047 40–73
115 August 11 Braves 1–3 Shaw (14–8) Farrell (8–14) Raymond (6) 14,630 40–74
116 August 12 Braves 8–5 Bruce (7–7) Burdette (9–8) Kemmerer (1) 4,902 41–74
117 August 14 Cardinals 4–3 (10) McMahon (3–3) Gibson (14–9) 9,604 42–74
118 August 15 Cardinals 3–1 Woodeshick (5–13) Washburn (10–6) Kemmerer (2) 8,843 43–74
119 August 16 Cardinals 1–3 Jackson (10–10) Farrell (8–15) 9,159 43–75
120 August 17 Cubs 3–2 Kemmerer (2–2) Anderson (2–6) 6,539 44–75
121 August 18 Cubs 2–1 Brunet (1–1) Koonce (9–6) 12,243 45–75
122 August 18 Cubs 5–6 Elston (4–7) McMahon (3–4) Cardwell (4) 12,243 45–76
123 August 19 Cubs 3–4 Buhl (9–9) Woodeshick (5–14) Anderson (4) 4,543 45–77
124 August 20 @ Phillies 1–7 Green (6–5) Farrell (8–16) 14,601 45–78
125 August 21 @ Phillies 3–5 Mahaffey (17–10) Bruce (7–8) 5,489 45–79
126 August 21 @ Phillies 4–7 Hamilton (7–11) Golden (5–11) 5,489 45–80
127 August 22 @ Pirates 0–3 Sturdivant (6–3) Brunet (1–2) 10,553 45–81
128 August 23 @ Pirates 0–4 Law (10–6) Johnson (6–14) 10,742 45–82
129 August 24 @ Reds 2–4 Purkey (20–4) Woodeshick (5–15) 18,879 45–83
130 August 25 @ Reds 6–7 Jay (20–10) Farrell (8–17) Brosnan (10) 12,680 45–84
131 August 26 @ Reds 2–1 Brunet (2–2) Maloney (8–5) 25,808 46–84
132 August 26 @ Reds 6–4 McMahon (4–4) Wills (0–2) Umbricht (1) 25,808 47–84
133 August 28 @ Cardinals 4–2 Bruce (8–8) Broglio (10–7) McMahon (6) 9,510 48–84
134 August 29 @ Cardinals 3–2 Farrell (9–17) Gibson (15–10) 8,295 49–84
September 1962 (15–12)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
135 September 1 @ Cubs 3–4 Ellsworth (8–17) McMahon (4–5) Schultz (3) 9,887 49–85
136 September 2 @ Cubs 3–1 McMahon (5–5) Buhl (10–10) 13,088 50–85
137 September 3 Phillies 2–3 Mahaffey (18–11) Farrell (9–18) 17,302 50–86
138 September 3 Phillies 3–5 Hamilton (8–11) Woodeshick (5–16) Bennett (3) 17,302 50–87
139 September 4 Phillies 4–1 Bruce (9–8) McLish (9–5) 4,537 51–87
140 September 5 Pirates 5–3 Umbricht (1–0) Law (10–7) McMahon (7) 4,593 52–87
141 September 6 Pirates 4–3 Kemmerer (3–2) Face (8–7) 5,196 53–87
142 September 7 Pirates 4–2 Golden (6–11) Jackson (8–18) McMahon (8) 6,208 54–87
143 September 8 Mets 4–3 Kemmerer (4–2) Anderson (3–17) 1,638 55–87
144 September 8 Mets 6–5 (10) Umbricht (2–0) Craig (7–23) 6,568 56–87
145 September 9 Mets 7–7 (8) 3,630 56–87
146 September 12 Dodgers 0–1 Roebuck (10–0) Johnson (6–15) Perranoski (19) 28,669 56–88
147 September 14 @ Braves 1–3 Hendley (11–12) Farrell (9–19) 5,505 56–89
148 September 15 @ Braves 8–9 Nottebart (2–2) Kemmerer (4–3) 6,872 56–90
149 September 16 @ BravesL 4–5 Burdette (10–9) McMahon (5–6) 5,477 56–91
150 September 18 @ Mets 6–2 Johnson (7–15) Jackson (8–19) 3,670 57–91
151 September 18 @ Mets 8–6 Drott (1–0) Foss (0–1) Umbricht (2) 3,670 58–91
152 September 20 @ Mets 7–2 Golden (7–11) Hook (8–18) Kemmerer (3) 1,481 59–91
153 September 20 @ Mets 5–4 (12) Kemmerer (5–3) Daviault (1–5) 1,481 60–91
154 September 21 Giants 5–11 Perry (3–1) Brunet (2–3) Miller (18) 12,180 60–92
155 September 22 Giants 6–5 Umbricht (3–0) Miller (4–8) 17,125 61–92
156 September 23 Giants 3–10 O'Dell (19–13) Bruce (9–9) 9,623 61–93
157 September 25 @ Dodgers 3–2 (10) Farrell (10–19) Roebuck (10–1) 25,036 62–93
158 September 26 @ Dodgers 1–13 Podres (15–12) Brunet (2–4) L. Sherry (11) 25,813 62–94
159 September 27 @ Dodgers 8–6 Umbricht (4–0) Perranoski (6–5) 29,855 63–94
160 September 29 @ Giants 5–11 Sanford (24–7) Johnson (7–16) Miller (19) 26,268 63–95
161 September 29 @ Giants 4–2 Bruce (10–9) Marichal (18–11) 26,268 64–95
162 September 30 @ Giants 1–2 Miller (5–8) Farrell (10–20) 41,327 64–96

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 Hal Smith 109 345 32 81 14 0 .235 12 35 0
1B Norm Larker 147 506 58 133 19 5 .263 9 63 1
2B Joey Amalfitano 117 380 44 90 12 5 .237 1 27 4
3B Bob Aspromonte 149 534 59 142 18 4 .266 11 59 4
SS Bob Lillis 129 457 38 114 12 4 .249 1 30 7
LF Al Spangler 129 418 51 119 10 9 .285 5 35 7
CF Carl Warwick 130 477 63 124 17 1 .260 16 60 2
RF Román 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
J. C. Hartman 51 148 11 33 5 0 .223 0 5 1
Al Heist 27 72 4 16 1 0 .222 0 3 0
Dave Roberts 16 53 3 13 3 0 .245 1 10 0
Don Taussig 16 25 1 5 0 0 .200 1 1 0
Dick Gernert 10 24 1 5 0 0 .208 0 1 0
George 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
Turk Farrell 43 29 241.2 10 20 3.02 91 81 55 203
Ken Johnson 33 31 197 7 16 3.03 100 84 46 178
Bob Bruce 32 27 175 10 9 4.06 92 79 82 135
Hal 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
Jim Golden 37 18 152.2 7 11 1 4.07 84 69 50 88
Dave Giusti 22 5 73.2 2 3 0 5.62 49 46 30 43
George Brunet 17 11 54 2 4 0 4.50 31 27 21 36
Dick 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
Don McMahon 51 76.2 5 5 8 1.53 14 13 33 69
Bobby Tiefenauer 43 85 2 4 1 4.34 42 41 21 60
John Anderson 10 17.2 0 0 0 5.09 12 10 3 6
Al Cicotte 5 4.2 0 0 0 3.86 4 2 1 4

Farm system[edit]

1962 minor league affiliates[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rusty Staub at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Al Cicotte at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ a b Dave Philley at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ J. C. Hartman at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Merritt Ranew at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Don Taussig Archived March 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Norm Larker at Baseball Reference
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