1962 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1962 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball

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 SF 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]

  • January 23 – In their first year of eligibility, Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are selected for the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
  • January 28 – Edd Roush and Bill McKechnie are added to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.
  • April 10 – In the first regular-season game ever at Dodger Stadium, the Cincinnati Reds spoil the Los Angeles Dodgers' opening-day party by beating them 6–3. That same day, in the very first Major League Baseball game played in the state of Texas, the Houston Colt .45s play their first game in franchise history, defeating the Chicago Cubs 11-2.
  • April 11 – The New York Mets play the first official game in franchise history, an 11–4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. Gil Hodges and Charlie Neal provide bright spots for the Mets, hitting the first two home runs in the new franchise's history.
  • 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.
  • April 13 – National League baseball officially returns to New York City, as the New York Mets play the first home game in franchise history, a 4–3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Polo Grounds.
  • April 18 – Ernie Banks hits his 300th career home run, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Colt .45s 3–2.
  • April 23 – The New York Mets earn their first victory in franchise history, 9–1 over the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh.

May–August[edit]

  • May 5 – Bo Belinsky of the Los Angeles Angels no-hits the Baltimore Orioles 2–0 at Dodger Stadium. The no-hitter is the first in both franchise and stadium history.
  • 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.
  • May 29 – Ernie Banks hits three home runs, but his Chicago Cubs still fall to the Milwaukee Braves 11–9 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
  • June 10 – Los Angeles Angels catcher Earl Averill, Jr. tied a Major League record by reaching base in 17 consecutive at-bats, a streak he started on June 3, tying the mark set by Piggy Ward in the 1893 season.[citation needed]
  • June 18:
    • At the Polo Grounds, Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hits a home run over the center field wall. The shot, a grand slam, comes off Jay Hook in the Braves' 7-1 victory over the New York Mets and is the second in back-to-back days, and the third overall, to clear that wall. The day before, Lou Brock of the Chicago Cubs had hit one over the center field wall, off the Mets' Al Jackson in the first game of a doubleheader. Joe Adcock had been the only other player to hit a home run over the Polo Grounds' center field wall, doing so for the Braves against the New York Giants on April 29, 1953.
    • At Dodger Stadium, Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals legs out a single off of Sandy Koufax in the second inning, giving him his 5,855th career total base, which breaks Ty Cobb's 37-year-old all-time record. The Cardinals would lose to the Dodgers 1–0.
  • June 26 – At Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox pitcher Earl Wilson no-hits the Los Angeles Angels 2–0 and helps his own cause by homering in the same game. He becomes the third pitcher, after Wes Ferrell in 1931 and Jim Tobin in 1944, to hit a home run supporting his own no-hitter. Rick Wise will join them in 1971, homering twice in his no-hitter.
  • June 27 – In Pittsburgh, the Mets' Richie Ashburn singles in the fourth 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
  • June 30 – At Dodger Stadium, Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers no-hits the New York Mets 5–0. He begins the game by striking out the first three batters (Richie Ashburn, Rod Kanehl and Félix Mantilla) on nine pitches. The no-hitter is the first by a Dodger since the franchise's move from Brooklyn after the 1957 season, as well as the only one to feature an immaculate inning to date. Koufax will go on to pitch no-hitters in each of the next three seasons, including his perfect game in 1965; his record of four career no-hitters will be broken by Nolan Ryan in 1981.
  • 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 10 – At newly opened D.C. Stadium, John F. Kennedy becomes the only U.S. president ever to throw the ceremonial first pitch at an All-Star Game, as the National League beats the American League, 3–1, in the first All-Star Game of 1962. Highlights include Maury Wills scoring two of the NL's three runs, Roberto Clemente rapping three hits, and Willie Mays making an amazing game-ending catch. Wills receives the first All-Star MVP honors.
  • July 11 – For the first time since 1938, when Lloyd and Paul Waner pulled the trick, brothers Hank and Tommie Aaron hit home runs in the same inning. Both were hit in the last of the ninth, and Hank's grand slam provides the winning margin in an 8–6 Braves win over the Cardinals.
  • 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 18 – The Minnesota Twins become the first major league club in the 20th century to hit two grand slams in one inning when Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew connect in a team-record 11-run first inning against the Cleveland Indians. Pitchers Barry Latman and Jim Perry serve the grand gophers in the Twins' 14–3 drubbing of the Tribe.
  • 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.
  • July 30 – Home runs by Leon Wagner, Pete Runnels, and Rocky Colavito power the American League past the National League 9–4 in the second All-Star Game of 1962. Wagner is selected MVP.
  • August 1 – Bill Monbouquette of the Boston Red Sox no-hits the Chicago White Sox 1–0 at Comiskey Park, the Red Sox' second no-hitter of the season. Al Smith, who walked in the second inning, is the only baserunner Monbouquette allows. Monbouquette's catcher, Jim Pagliaroni, scores the game's lone run, on a Lou Clinton single in the eighth inning.
  • August 26 – At Metropolitan Stadium, Jack Kralick of the Minnesota Twins no-hits the Kansas City Athletics, 1–0. The no-hitter is the first in the franchise's Minnesota history; they had moved from Washington, D.C. after the 1960 season. Kralick retires the first 25 batters before a walk to the 26th hitter spoils his bid for a perfect game.

September–December[edit]

Movies[edit]

Births[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

  • January 5 – Frank Snyder, 68, catcher who appeared in 1,392 games for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants from 1912 to 1927, including Giants' 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 14 – Pep Young, 54, second baseman who played in 730 games over ten seasons for three National League clubs, chiefly the Pittsburgh Pirates, between 1933 and 1945.
  • January 26 – Steve O'Neill, 70, longtime catcher for Cleveland Indians and member of 1920 World Series champions who later managed the Detroit Tigers to the 1945 title; also skippered the Indians, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies between 1935 and 1954.
  • January 27 – Joe Vosmik, 51, All-Star outfielder (1935) for five MLB teams (1930–1941 and 1944), principally his hometown Indians, who hit .307 lifetime and exceeded the .300 mark six times; led American League in hits (216), doubles (47) and triples (20) in 1935; also led AL in hits (201) in 1938.

February[edit]

  • 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 Philadelphia Athletics from 1924 to 1933, member of Philadelphia's AL pennant winners from 1929–1931 and 1929–1930 World Series champions; coach at the Naval Academy since 1938.

March[edit]

  • March 4 – George Mogridge, 73, left-handed hurler who won 132 games over a 15-year MLB career between 1911 and 1927 with five teams, notably the 1915–1920 New York Yankees and 1921–1925 Washington Senators; key contributor to Senators' 1924 world champions.
  • March 12 – Fred Beck, 75, first baseman/outfielder for Boston, Cincinnati and Philadelphia of the National League (1909–1911) and Chicago of the "outlaw" Federal League (1914–1915), whose ten home runs tied him for the NL long-ball championship in 1910.
  • March 16 – Harry Feldman, 42, pitcher who worked in 143 games for the 1941–1946 New York Giants.
  • 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 22 – "Oyster Joe" Martina, 72, pitcher who went 349–277 in 833 career games in the minor leagues, but played only 24 games and one season (1924) in the majors as a member of the World Series champion Washington Senators.
  • March 29 – Otto Miller, 72, catcher for the Dodgers from 1910 to 1922, including two NL champions.

April[edit]

  • 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 13 – Bill Akers, 57, infielder for 1929–1931 Detroit Tigers and 1932 Boston Braves who got into 174 career games.
  • April 21 – Bill Norman, 51, outfielder for the Chicago White Sox in 1931–1932, longtime minor league pilot, and manager of the Tigers from June 11, 1958 through May 2, 1959.
  • April 30 – Al Demaree, 77, pitcher who won 80 games for four NL teams, later a noted sports cartoonist.
  • April 30 – Russ Miller, 62, pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1927 and 1928.

May[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[edit]

  • June 2 – Art Stokes, 65, pitcher who appeared in a dozen games for 1925 Philadelphia Athletics.
  • 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 for Philadelphia Athletics (1925–1933) and Detroit Tigers (1934–1937); American League MVP in 1928 and 1934, and batted .320 lifetime; member of 1929–1930 World Series champions who also managed Tigers to World Series title in 1935.

July[edit]

  • 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 12 – Mary Moore, 40, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher and member of the 1948 Rockford Peaches champion team.
  • 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 20 – Donald Lee Barnes, 68, principal owner of the St. Louis Browns from 1936 to 1945; his 1944 Browns won that franchise's only American League pennant.
  • 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, speedy outfielder who appeared in 1,387 games for the St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators and St. Louis Cardinals between 1909 and 1923; managed Brooklyn Dodgers to National League pennants in 1947 and 1949; also piloted Philadelphia Phillies from 1928 to 1933.

August[edit]

  • August 5 – Marilyn Monroe, 36, actress and former wife of Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio.
  • August 11 – Jake Volz, 84, pitcher for the Boston Americans, Boston Beaneaters and Cincinnati Reds between 1901 and 1908.
  • August 19 – Myron H. Wilson, 74, principal owner of the Cleveland Indians from 1952 to 1956 and club president from 1952 until his death.

September[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[edit]

  • October 3 – Don Songer, 63, left-hander who pitched in 71 career games for the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Giants from 1924 to 1927.
  • October 16 – Ray Powell, 73, outfielder for 1913 Detroit Tigers and 1917–1924 Boston Braves; led National League in triples (18) in 1921.
  • October 20 – Tim Murchison, 88, southpaw pitcher who appeared in three total games for 1917 St. Louis Cardinals and 1920 Cleveland Indians, allowing only three hits and one unearned run in six innings of work; longtime scout.
  • October 31 – Larry Goetz, 67, National League umpire from 1936 to 1956, worked in three World Series and two All-Star Games.

November[edit]

  • November 14 – Dick Hoblitzel, 74, first baseman on Red Sox champions of 1915–1916.
  • November 16 – Hugh High, 75, outfielder for the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees between 1913–1918; brother of Andy and Charlie High.
  • November 27 – Bob Peterson, 78, catcher for the Boston Americans between 1906 and 1907.
  • November 29 – Red Kress, 55, coach for the 1962 New York Mets; also coached for Detroit Tigers, New York Giants, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels for 14 seasons between 1940 and 1961; previously an AL shortstop during the 1930s.

December[edit]

  • December 4 – Ben Cantwell, 60, pitcher for New York Giants, Boston Braves and Bees, and Brooklyn Dodgers who appeared in 316 games between 1927 and 1937; won 20 games, losing ten, for 1933 Braves squad, then, two years later posted a 4–25 won–lost record pitching for a horrendous Boston club that lost 115 of its 153 games played.
  • 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.
  • December 27 – Jake Flowers, 60, infielder between 1923 and 1934 for three National League teams; later an MLB coach.

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