1962 in baseball

1962 in baseball

Year in baseball
this year = 1962
The 1962 season is perhaps most notable for the dismal 40-120 record of the New York Mets, which has been a continuing source of humor among baseball fans, as well as comedians such as Dennis Miller.

Major League Baseball

*World Series: New York Yankees over San Francisco Giants (4-3); Ralph Terry, MVP
*All-Star Game (#1), July 10 at D.C. Stadium: National League, 3-1; Maury Wills, MVP
*All-Star Game (#2), July 30 at Wrigley Field: American League, 9-4; Leon Wagner, MVP

Other champions

*College World Series: Michigan
*Cuban National Series: Industriales
*Japan Series: Toei Flyers over Hanshin Tigers (4-2-1)
*Little League World Series: Moreland, San Jose, California

Awards and honors

*Most Valuable Player
**Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees, OF (AL)
**Maury Wills, Los Angeles Dodgers, SS (NL)
*Cy Young Award
**Don Drysdale, Los Angeles Dodgers
*Rookie of the Year
**Tom Tresh, New York Yankees, SS (AL)
**Ken Hubbs, Chicago Cubs, 2B (NL)

tatistical Leaders

MLB Statistical Leaders


*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 very first regular season game ever at Dodger Stadium, the Cincinnati Reds spoiled the Dodgers' opening-day party by beating them 6-3.

*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 3 1/3 innings.

*April 18 - Ernie Banks hits 300th career home run helping Chicago Cubs beab Houston Colt .45's 3-2.

*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 the franchise's and the stadium's history.

*May 29 - Ernie Banks hits 3 home runs.

*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 second no-hit pitcher, after Wes Ferrell in 1931, to hit a home run. Rick Wise will join them in 1971—and homer "twice" in his no-hitter.

*July 9 - At a meeting held in conjunction with the All-Star Game, the ML 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. Maury Wills, scoring two of the team's three runs, Roberto Clemente with three hits, and Willie Mays's amazing game-ending catch, are the game highlights. Wills receives the first All-Star MVP honors.

*July 11 - For the first time since 1938, when the brothers 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 9th, and Hank's grand slam provides the winning margin in an 8–6 Braves win over the Cardinals.

*July 18 - The Minnesota Twins becomes the first 20th-century major league club 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.

*July 26 - Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves set the National League record for home runs by a pitcher when he hit his 31st off New York's Craig Anderson. Spahn dealt the Mets their 11th straight loss with a 6-1 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. A second-inning walk to Al Smith 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 (George Alusik) spoils his bid for a perfect game.

*September 10 - Mickey Mantle hits 400th career home run helping New York Yankees beat Detroit Tigers 3-1.

*October 3 - 11 years to the day the then New York Giants beat the then Brooklyn Dodgers for the NL pennant on Bobby Thomson's Shot 'Heard Round the World home run, the San Francisco Giants scored four runs in the ninth to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium 6-4 in the third game of a playoff to determined the 1962 N.L. pennant.

*October 16 - In Game Seven of the World Series, the New York Yankees scores the game’s only run, giving the Yankees a 1–0 win over the San Francisco Giants for a second straight WS victory and the 20th championship in team history. Pitcher Ralph Terry is named World Series MVP.


*"Safe at Home"



*January 3 - Darren Daulton
*January 4 - Jay Tibbs
*January 5 - Danny Jackson
*January 7 - Jeff Montgomery
*January 13 - Kevin Mitchell
*January 19 - Chris Sabo
*January 23 - Benny Distefano
*February 4 - Dan Plesac
*February 19 - Álvaro Espinoza
*February 26 - Kelly Gruber
*February 27 - Greg Cadaret
*March 2 - Terry Steinbach
*March 7 - Germán González
*March 12 - Darryl Strawberry
*March 19 - Ivan Calderón
*March 25 - Jeff Kunkel
*March 26 - Kevin Seitzer
*March 29 - Billy Beane


*April 1 - Rich Amaral
*May 6 - Tom Bolton
*May 8 - Orestes Destrade
*May 10 - Robby Thompson
*May 29 - Eric Davis
*May 31 - Joe Orsulak
*June 2 - Darnell Coles
*June 16 - Wally Joyner
*June 16 - Calvin Schiraldi
*June 30 - Tony Fernández


*July 25 - Doug Drabek
*July 26 - Jody Reed
*July 30 - Tom Pagnozzi
*August 3 - Mackey Sasser
*August 4 - Roger Clemens
*August 7 - John Trautwein
*August 12 - Urbano Lugo
*August 14 - Mark Gubicza
*August 22 - Darrin Jackson
*August 25 - Oddibe McDowell
*September 2 - Johnny Paredes
*September 8 - Al Pardo
*September 19 - Randy Myers
*September 28 - Rob Woodward


*October 4 - Dennis Cook
*October 12 - Sid Fernandez
*October 30 - Mark Portugal
*October 30 - Danny Tartabull
*November 9 - Dion James
*November 11 - Cory Snyder
*November 12 - Jeff Reed
*November 18 - Jamie Moyer
*November 21 - Dick Schofield
*November 24 - Randy Velarde
*November 26 - Chuck Finley
*November 30 - Bo Jackson
*December 19 - Bill Wegman
*December 29 - Devon White



*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 1929-1931, coach at the Naval Academy since 1938
*March 16 - George Orme, 70, backup outfielder who played for the 1920 Boston Red Sox
*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 30 - Al Demaree, 77, pitcher who won 80 games for four NL teams, later a noted sports cartoonist


*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 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 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 12 - Spot Poles, 74, star outfielder of the Negro Leagues
*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; 1913-1818.
*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

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