1962 Leaders & Numbers

Defending NL champion Cincinnati may have slipped to third place, but you’d think otherwise from looking at the improved numbers of its top hitter (Frank Robinson) and top pitcher (knuckleballer Bob Purkey). Floyd Robinson—no relation to Frank—gave Chicagoans hope that his star was on the rise, though his career was peaking in just his second year. There would be no such cresting for Carl Yastrzemski, marketed as Ted Williams’ heir, in his sophomore campaign. Norm Siebern was that rarest of players, a former Yankee who came alive after being traded to Kansas City—not vice versa. Willie Mays was very active when it came to the Giants crossing home plate; he set career highs in both runs scored and runs knocked in. Don Drysdale’s quick start got him to 20 wins faster than any NL pitcher since Hippo Vaughn in 1918. Jack Sanford finished fast, going 16-1 in the season’s second half. Ralph Terry and Camilo Pascual both finally reached the end of their long and winding road to 20-win territory thanks to the mastering of the curveball. Dick Donovan received a welcomed exile from Washington to Cleveland and earned the 20 wins he should have got the year before when he won the AL ERA title. This year’s winner, Hank Aguirre, finally got the chance to start after years of toiling in the Tiger bullpen. Ray Herbert, who hadn’t pitched for a winning record in over ten years, was the season’s most surprising 20-game winner.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1962
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Frank Robinson Cincinnati 162 .342 609 134 208 51 2 39 136 60 16 11 18 9 13
2. Willie Mays San Francisco 162 .304 621 130 189 36 5 49 141 67 11 4 18 2 19
3. Hank Aaron Milwaukee 156 .323 592 127 191 28 6 45 128 52 14 3 15 7 14
4. Tommy Davis Los Angeles 163 .346 665 120 230 27 9 27 153 27 6 2 18 6 17
5. Orlando Cepeda San Francisco 162 .306 625 105 191 26 1 35 114 29 8 6 10 4 16
6. Frank Howard Los Angeles 141 .296 493 80 146 25 6 31 119 29 10 1 1 0 18
7. Maury Wills Los Angeles 165 .299 695 130 208 13 10 6 48 50 1 2 104 13 7
8. Bill White St. Louis 159 .324 614 93 199 31 3 20 102 52 6 6 9 7 11
9. Eddie Mathews Milwaukee 152 .265 536 106 142 25 6 29 90 94 7 2 4 2 11
10. Felipe Alou San Francisco 154 .316 561 96 177 30 3 25 98 31 2 5 10 7 4
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1962
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Mickey Mantle New York 123 .321 377 96 121 15 1 30 89 113 9 1 9 0 4
2. Norm Siebern Kansas City 162 .308 600 114 185 25 6 25 117 101 9 1 3 1 13
3. Floyd Robinson Chicago 156 .312 600 89 187 45 10 11 109 65 7 2 4 2 10
4. Harmon Killebrew Minnesota 155 .243 552 85 134 21 1 48 126 100 6 4 1 2 14
5. Rocky Colavito Detroit 161 .273 601 90 164 30 2 37 112 89 7 2 2 0 18
6. Bob Allison Minnesota 149 .266 519 102 138 24 8 29 102 84 0 4 8 5 9
7. Al Kaline Detroit 100 .304 398 78 121 16 6 29 94 44 3 1 4 0 17
8. Carl Yastrzemski Boston 160 .296 656 99 191 43 6 19 94 59 7 3 7 4 27
9. Norm Cash Detroit 148 .243 507 94 123 16 2 39 89 92 12 13 6 3 13
10. Rich Rollins Minnesota 159 .298 624 96 186 23 5 16 96 73 2 6 3 1 13
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1962
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Don Drysdale Los Angeles 2.83 25 9 .735 1 43 41 314.1 400 99 66 12 8 11 0 8 10 16
2. Bob Purkey Cincinnati 2.81 23 5 .821 0 37 37 288.1 382 90 61 3 6 14 1 15 3 18
3. Warren Spahn Milwaukee 3.04 18 14 .563 0 34 34 269.1 370 91 51 4 3 3 0 4 3 18
4. Billy O'Dell San Francisco 3.53 19 14 .576 0 43 39 280.2 382 110 64 2 4 7 0 10 4 30
5. Sandy Koufax Los Angeles 2.54 14 7 .667 1 28 26 184.1 197 52 53 4 3 2 0 5 3 5
6. Bob Gibson St. Louis 2.85 15 13 .536 1 32 30 233.2 256 74 86 9 11 10 0 9 2 23
7. Jack Sanford San Francisco 3.34 24 7 .774 0 39 38 265.1 368 101 87 4 5 3 2 9 3 23
8. Bob Friend Pittsburgh 3.06 18 14 .563 1 39 36 261.2 387 89 44 9 4 2 0 12 6 28
9. Bob Shaw Milwaukee 2.80 15 9 .625 2 38 29 225 318 70 36 9 3 11 1 6 7 20
10. Juan Marichal San Francisco 3.36 18 11 .621 1 37 36 262.2 365 98 85 5 3 3 1 10 4 12
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1962
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Hank Aguirre Detroit 2.21 16 8 .667 3 42 22 216 230 53 58 7 4 5 1 3 1 14
2. Jim Kaat Minnesota 3.14 18 14 .563 1 39 35 269 354 94 70 5 13 18 0 2 7 34
3. Ralph Terry New York 3.19 23 12 .657 2 43 39 298.2 431 106 56 1 2 3 0 9 7 17
4. Dean Chance Los Angeles 2.96 14 10 .583 8 50 24 206.2 278 68 61 5 2 5 0 3 6 24
5. Ray Herbert Chicago 3.27 20 9 .690 0 35 35 236.2 322 86 70 4 4 1 0 4 3 27
6. Camilo Pascual Minnesota 3.32 20 11 .645 0 34 33 257.2 363 95 54 5 6 2 1 12 4 21
7. Whitey Ford New York 2.90 17 8 .680 0 38 37 257.2 369 83 68 1 5 4 0 2 6 21
8. Eddie Fisher Chicago 3.10 9 5 .643 5 57 12 182.2 246 63 44 1 1 1 0 13 4 16
9. Robin Roberts Baltimore 2.78 10 9 .526 0 27 25 191.1 270 59 34 7 2 4 0 10 5 17
10. Dick Donovan Cleveland 3.59 20 10 .667 0 34 34 250.2 377 100 42 5 3 2 1 7 3 26

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1962 Awards


NL MVP
Maury Wills, Los Angeles

AL MVP
Mickey Mantle, New York


Cy Young Award
Don Drysdale, Los Angeles (N)


NL Rookie of the Year
Ken Hubbs, Chicago

AL Rookie of the Year
Tom Tresh, New York


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Bobby Shantz, Houston-St. Louis
C Del Crandell, Milwaukee
1B Bill White, St. Louis
2B Ken Hubbs, Chicago
3B Jim Davenport, San Francisco
SS Maury Wills, Los Angeles
OF Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh
OF Willie Mays, San Francisco
OF Bill Virdon, Pittsburgh


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Jim Kaat, Minnesota
C Earl Battey, Minnesota
1B Vic Power, Minnesota
2B Bobby Richardson, New York
3B Brooks Robinson, Baltimore
SS Luis Aparicio, Chicago
OF Al Kaline, Detroit
OF Jim Landis, Chicago
OF Mickey Mantle, New York