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1962 Baseball Season


More 1962 Baseball Season Highlights

Check out more 1962 baseball season highlights, including key moments in the baseball careers of Mickey Mantle and other amazing players.

  • Mantle tops the American League in on-base percentage (.488), slugging average (.605), and walks (122).

  • Boston's Pete Runnels wins his second American League batting crown (.326) and is the first to win batting titles at two positions -- second base and first base.

  • Ralph Terry tops the American League with 23 wins.

  • The Hall of Fame inducts Bob Feller, Bill McKechnie, and Edd Roush.

  • Yankee Tom Tresh is the 1962 American League Rookie of the Year.

  • Cincinnati's Ken Hubbs is the 1962 National League Rookie of the Year.

  • Milwaukee's Del Crandall and Minnesota's Earl Battey win their final Gold Gloves at catcher.

  • Hubbs interrupts, for one year only, Bill Mazeroski's grip on the National League Gold Glove prize at second base.

  • Maury Wills wins his second Gold Glove for National League shortstops; Luis Aparicio continues to be the only American League shortstop to win a Gold Glove.

  • The Mets play their first game on April 11 and lose 11-4 to Cards.

  • The Mets get off to an 0-9 start and don't win their first game in franchise history until April 23, 9-1 over Pittsburgh.

  • Reliever Pete Richert of LA debuts in majors on April 12 by fanning the first six batters he faces.

  • Detroit's Rocky Colavito goes 7-for-10 in a 22-inning game on June 24.

  • Floyd Robinson of the White Sox goes 6-for-6 on July 22.

  • Bill Fischer of Kansas City pitches a major league record 84-1/3 consecutive innings without issuing a walk.

  • Detroit's Norm Cash sets a major league record that still stands for the largest drop in BA-118 points-by a previous year's bat crown winner.

  • Nellie Fox plays 150 or more games for an American League-record 11th consecutive season.

  • Eddie Yost retires with a record 28 homers as the leadoff batter in a game (since broken).

  • Hubbs sets a new major league record for second basemen by handling 418 consecutive errorless chances.

  • Paul Waner dies.

  • The majors adopt a Player Development Plan to address the problems of a shrinking talent pool and the collapse of the minor leagues.

  • At season's end, the Pirates trade Dick Groat and Olivo to the Cards for Don Cardwell and Julio Gotay.

  • Pittsburgh's Groat and Mazeroski participate in a combined National League keystone record 264 double plays (since broken).

  • At Candlestick Park, the Giants' Billy Pierce has a 12-0 record in 12 starts -- a major league record for most home wins without a loss in a season.

  • Craig Anderson loses 16 straight games for the Mets, setting a new major league post-dead-ball record.

  • The Yankees send Bill Skowron to Dodgers for Stan Williams.

  • Eddie Mathews leads National League again in walks (101).

  • Four players tie for the National League lead in triples (ten).

  • Kansas City's Gino Cimoli leads American League with 15 triples.

  • Bob Purkey has 23 wins for the Reds and tops the National League in winning percentage (.821).

  • Sandy Koufax leads the National League in ERA (2.54).

  • Don Drysdale tops the majors in innings (314) and Ks (232).

  • Warren Spahn leads the National League again in CGs with 22.

  • Rocky Colavito tops the American League in total bases (309).

  • Minnesota's Camilo Pascual again leads the American League in Ks (206) and also leads in complete games (18) and ties for lead in shutouts (five).

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