1962 Season News

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.

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.

June 30 - At Dodger Stadium, Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers no-hits the New York Mets 5-0. He begins the game by striking out the first three batters (Richie Ashburn, Rod Kanehl and Félix Mantilla) on nine pitches. The no-hitter is the first by a Dodger since the franchise's move from Brooklyn after the 1957 season as well as, to date, the only one to feature a nine-pitch, three strikeout half-inning. Koufax will go on to pitch no-hitters in each of the next three seasons, including a perfect game in 1965; his record of four career no-hitters will be broken by Nolan Ryan in 1981.

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.
1962 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 96-66 -
Minnesota Twins 91-71 5.0
Los Angeles Angels 86-76 10.0
Detroit Tigers 85-76 10.5
Chicago White Sox 85-77 11.0
Cleveland Indians 80-82 16.0
Baltimore Orioles 77-85 19.0
Boston Red Sox 76-84 19.0
Kansas City Athletics 72-90 24.0
Washington Senators 60-101 35.5
1962 National League
Team Record GB
San Francisco Giants 103-62 -
Los Angeles Dodgers 102-63 1.0
Cincinnati Reds 98-64 3.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 93-68 8.0
Milwaukee Braves 86-76 15.5
St. Louis Cardinals 84-78 17.5
Philadelphia Phillies 81-80 20.0
Houston Colt .45's 64-96 36.5
Chicago Cubs 59-103 42.5
New York Mets 40-120 60.5
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 96 66 0.593 817 5.04 680 4.20 199 146 0.267 0.336 0.426 3.70 499 838 0.979 151
Minnesota Twins 91 71 0.562 798 4.93 713 4.40 185 166 0.260 0.337 0.412 3.89 493 948 0.979 173
Los Angeles Angels 86 76 0.531 718 4.43 706 4.36 137 118 0.250 0.324 0.380 3.70 616 858 0.972 153
Detroit Tigers 85 76 0.528 758 4.71 692 4.30 209 169 0.248 0.328 0.411 3.81 503 873 0.974 114
Chicago White Sox 85 77 0.525 707 4.36 658 4.06 92 123 0.257 0.332 0.372 3.73 537 821 0.982 153
Cleveland Indians 80 82 0.494 682 4.21 745 4.60 180 174 0.245 0.308 0.388 4.14 594 780 0.977 168
Baltimore Orioles 77 85 0.475 652 4.02 680 4.20 156 147 0.248 0.313 0.387 3.69 549 898 0.980 152
Boston Red Sox 76 84 0.475 707 4.42 756 4.73 146 159 0.258 0.323 0.403 4.22 632 923 0.979 152
Kansas City Athletics 72 90 0.444 745 4.60 837 5.17 116 199 0.263 0.330 0.386 4.79 655 825 0.978 131
Washington Senators 60 101 0.373 599 3.72 716 4.45 132 151 0.250 0.309 0.373 4.04 593 771 0.978 160
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
San Francisco Giants 103 62 0.624 878 5.32 690 4.18 204 148 0.278 0.340 0.441 3.79 503 886 0.977 153
Los Angeles Dodgers 102 63 0.618 842 5.10 697 4.22 140 115 0.268 0.336 0.400 3.62 588 1104 0.97 144
Cincinnati Reds 98 64 0.605 802 4.95 685 4.23 167 149 0.270 0.329 0.417 3.75 567 964 0.977 144
Pittsburgh Pirates 93 68 0.578 706 4.39 626 3.89 108 118 0.268 0.321 0.394 3.37 466 897 0.976 177
Milwaukee Braves 86 76 0.531 730 4.51 665 4.10 181 151 0.252 0.324 0.403 3.68 407 802 0.98 154
St. Louis Cardinals 84 78 0.519 774 4.78 664 4.10 137 149 0.271 0.332 0.394 3.55 517 914 0.979 170
Philadelphia Phillies 81 80 0.503 705 4.38 759 4.71 142 155 0.260 0.326 0.390 4.28 574 863 0.977 167
Houston Colt .45's 64 96 0.400 592 3.70 717 4.48 105 113 0.246 0.308 0.351 3.83 471 1047 0.973 149
Chicago Cubs 59 103 0.364 632 3.90 827 5.10 126 159 0.253 0.315 0.377 4.54 601 783 0.977 171
New York Mets 40 120 0.250 617 3.86 948 5.93 139 192 0.240 0.317 0.361 5.04 571 772 0.967 167