1962 Major League Baseball season

1962 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 9 – October 16, 1962
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Mickey Mantle (NYY)
NL: Maury Wills (LOS)
AL champions New York Yankees
  AL runners-up Minnesota Twins
NL champions San Francisco Giants
  NL runners-up Los Angeles Dodgers
World Series
Champions New York Yankees
  Runners-up San Francisco Giants
Finals MVP Ralph Terry (NYY)

The 1962 Major League Baseball season was contested from April 9 to October 16, 1962. The National League played a 162-game schedule for the first time, having added the Houston Colt .45s and the New York Mets as expansion teams. The American League had played its first 162-game schedule a year earlier. The NL returned to New York City after a four-year absence, though the Mets would finish in last place.

The National League went to a tie-breaker series to decide the Pennant winner won by the San Francisco Giants over the Los Angeles Dodgers 2 games to 1.

In the World Series the New York Yankees defeated the San Francisco Giants 4 games to 3.

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

 American LeagueNational League
AVGPete Runnels BOS.326Tommy Davis LAD.346
HRHarmon Killebrew MIN48Willie Mays SFG49
RBIHarmon Killebrew MIN126Tommy Davis LAD153
WinsRalph Terry NYY23Don Drysdale LAD25
ERAHank Aguirre DET2.21Sandy Koufax LAD2.54
SOCamilo Pascual MIN206Don Drysdale LAD232
SVDick Radatz BOS24Roy Face PIT28
SBLuis Aparicio CHW31Maury Wills LAD104

Major league baseball final standings

American League
ClubWinsLossesWin %  GB
New York Yankees 96 66 .593
Minnesota Twins 91 71 .562 5
Los Angeles Angels 86 76 .531 10
Detroit Tigers 85 76 .528 10½
Chicago White Sox 85 77 .525 11
Cleveland Indians 80 82 .494 16
Baltimore Orioles 77 85 .475 19
Boston Red Sox 76 84 .475 19
Kansas City Athletics 72 90 .444 24
Washington Senators 60 101 .373 35½
National League
ClubWinsLossesTiesWin %  GB
San Francisco Giants 103 62 .624
Los Angeles Dodgers 102 63 .618 1
Cincinnati Reds 98 64 .605
Pittsburgh Pirates 93 68 .578 8
Milwaukee Braves 86 76 .531 15½
St. Louis Cardinals 84 78 1 .519 17½
Philadelphia Phillies 81 80 .503 20
Houston Colt .45s 64 96 2 .400 36½
Chicago Cubs 59 103 .364 42½
New York Mets 40 120 1 .250 60½


American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Billy Hitchcock
Boston Red Sox Pinky Higgins
Chicago White Sox Al López
Cleveland Indians Mel McGaha Replaced during the season by Mel Harder
Detroit Tigers Bob Scheffing
Kansas City Athletics Hank Bauer
Los Angeles Angels Bill Rigney
Minnesota Twins Sam Mele
New York Yankees Ralph Houk Won the World Series
Washington Senators Mickey Vernon

National League

Team Manager Comments
Chicago Cubs College of Coaches
Cincinnati Reds Fred Hutchinson
Houston Colt .45's Harry Craft Expansion team
Los Angeles Dodgers Walter Alston
Milwaukee Braves Birdie Tebbetts
New York Mets Casey Stengel Expansion team
Philadelphia Phillies Gene Mauch
Pittsburgh Pirates Danny Murtaugh
San Francisco Giants Alvin Dark Won the National League pennant
St. Louis Cardinals Johnny Keane

See also


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