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
- 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
- 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).
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1961 Baseball Season
- 1963 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth