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1962 in baseball

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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

Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

MLB statistical leaders

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



  • 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.


Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax


















  • January 5 – Frank Snyder, 68, catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York 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 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 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 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 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.
  • April 30 – Russ Miller, 62, pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1927 and 1928.
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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.
  • 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 from 1936 to 1956, worked in three World Series and two All-Star Games.
  • 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 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 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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