1962 New York Mets season
|1962 New York Mets|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Joan Whitney Payson|
(Ralph Kiner, Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy)
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The 1962 New York Mets season was the first regular season for the Mets, as the National League returned to New York for the first time since 1957. They went 40–120 and finished tenth and last in the National League, 60 1⁄2 games behind the NL Champion San Francisco Giants, who once called New York home. The Mets' 120 losses are the most by any MLB team in one season since 1899.
The team lost its first game 11–4 to the St. Louis Cardinals on April 11, and went on to lose its first nine games. After a 12–19 record on May 20 after sweeping a doubleheader, the Mets lost their next 17 games. They also lost 11 straight from July 15 to July 26, and 13 straight from August 9 to August 21. Their longest winning streak of the season was three.
The Mets were managed by Casey Stengel and played their home games at the Polo Grounds, which was their temporary home while Shea Stadium was being built in Queens. They are rather infamous for their futility, and were one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball history. The pitching staff allowed the most runs (948) in the majors.
Despite the futility of the team, fans came out in droves. Their attendance of 922,530 was good enough for 6th in the National League that year.
The season was chronicled in Jimmy Breslin's humorous best-selling book Can't Anybody Here Play This Game? The title came from a remark made by Manager Casey Stengel expressing his frustration over the team's ineptitude.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Awards and honors
- 5 Farm system
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- July 20, 1961: Paul Blair was signed as an amateur free agent by the Mets.
- October 16, 1961: Billy Loes was purchased by the Mets from the San Francisco Giants.
- November 28, 1961: The Mets traded a player to be named later and cash to the Milwaukee Braves for Frank Thomas and a player to be named later. The deal was completed on May 21, 1962, when the Mets sent Gus Bell to the Braves, and the Braves sent Rick Herrscher to the Mets.
- January 30, 1962: Joe Ginsberg was signed as a free agent by the Mets.
- March 2, 1962: Billy Loes was returned by the Mets to the San Francisco Giants.
- Craig Anderson, pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
- Gus Bell, outfielder, Cincinnati Reds
- Ed Bouchee, infielder, Chicago Cubs
- Chris Cannizzaro, catcher, St. Louis Cardinals
- Elio Chacón, infielder, Cincinnati Reds
- Joe Christopher, outfielder, Pittsburgh Pirates
- Choo Choo Coleman, catcher, Philadelphia Phillies
- Roger Craig, pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Ray Daviault, pitcher, San Francisco Giants
- John DeMerit, outfielder, Milwaukee Braves
- Sammy Drake, infielder, Chicago Cubs
- Jim Hickman, outfielder, St. Louis Cardinals
- Gil Hodges, infielder, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Jay Hook, pitcher, Cincinnati Reds
- Al Jackson, pitcher, Pittsburgh Pirates
- Sherman Jones, pitcher, Cincinnati Reds
- Hobie Landrith, catcher, San Francisco Giants
- Félix Mantilla, infielder, Milwaukee Braves
- Bob L. Miller, pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
- Bob Smith, outfielder, Philadelphia Phillies
- Lee Walls, infielder/outfielder, Philadelphia Phillies
- Don Zimmer, infielder, Chicago Cubs
Record vs. opponents
- April 26, 1962: Harry Chiti was purchased by the Mets from the Cleveland Indians.
- April 26, 1962: Bob Smith was traded by the Mets to the Chicago Cubs for Sammy Taylor.
- May 1, 1962: Joe Ginsberg was released by the Mets.
- May 7, 1962: Don Zimmer was traded by the Mets to the Cincinnati Reds for Bob G. Miller and Cliff Cook.
- May 7, 1962: Jim Marshall was traded by the Mets to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Vinegar Bend Mizell.
- May 9, 1962: The Mets traded a player to be named later and cash to the Baltimore Orioles for Marv Throneberry. The Mets completed the deal by sending Hobie Landrith to the Orioles on June 7.
- June 15, 1962: Harry Chiti was returned by the Mets to the Cleveland Indians by the New York Mets.
- June 27, 1962: Ed Kranepool was signed as an amateur free agent by the Mets.
- August 4, 1962: Vinegar Bend Mizell was released by the Mets.
- September 7, 1962: Galen Cisco was selected off waivers by the Mets from the Boston Red Sox.
|= Indicates team leader|
Starters by positionNote: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|C||Cannizzaro, ChrisChris Cannizzaro||59||133||32||.241||0||9|
|1B||Throneberry, MarvMarv Throneberry||116||357||87||.244||16||49|
|2B||Neal, CharlieCharlie Neal||136||508||132||.260||11||58|
|3B||Mantilla, FélixFélix Mantilla||141||466||128||.275||11||59|
|SS||Chacón, ElioElio Chacón||118||368||87||.236||2||27|
|LF||Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas||156||571||152||.266||34||94|
|CF||Hickman, JimJim Hickman||140||392||96||.245||13||46|
|RF||Christopher, JoeJoe Christopher||119||271||66||.244||6||32|
Other battersNote: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|Ashburn, RichieRichie Ashburn||135||389||119||.306||7||28|
|Kanehl, RodRod Kanehl||133||351||87||.248||4||27|
|Woodling, GeneGene Woodling||81||190||52||.274||5||24|
|Taylor, SammySammy Taylor||68||158||35||.222||3||20|
|Coleman, Choo ChooChoo Choo Coleman||55||152||38||.250||6||17|
|Hodges, GilGil Hodges||54||127||32||.252||9||17|
|Cook, CliffCliff Cook||40||112||26||.232||2||9|
|Bell, GusGus Bell||30||101||15||.149||1||6|
|Bouchee, EdEd Bouchee||50||87||14||.161||3||10|
|Pignatano, JoeJoe Pignatano||27||56||13||.232||0||2|
|Drake, SammySammy Drake||25||52||10||.192||0||7|
|Zimmer, DonDon Zimmer||14||52||4||.077||0||1|
|Herrscher, RickRick Herrscher||35||50||11||.220||1||6|
|Landrith, HobieHobie Landrith||23||45||13||.289||1||7|
|Chiti, HarryHarry Chiti||15||41||8||.195||0||0|
|Marshall, JimJim Marshall||17||32||11||.344||3||4|
|Smith, BobBob Smith||8||22||3||.136||0||2|
|DeMerit, JohnJohn DeMerit||14||16||3||.188||1||1|
|Kranepool, EdEd Kranepool||3||6||1||.167||0||0|
|Ginsberg, JoeJoe Ginsberg||2||5||0||.000||0||0|
Starting pitchersNote: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Hook, JayJay Hook||37||213.2||8||19||4.84||113|
|Craig, RogerRoger Craig||42||233.1||10||24||4.51||118|
|Jackson, AlAl Jackson||36||231.1||8||20||4.40||118|
Other pitchersNote: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Miller, Bob L.Bob L. Miller||33||143.2||1||12||0||4.89||91|
|Anderson, CraigCraig Anderson||50||131.1||3||17||4||5.35||62|
|Moorhead, BobBob Moorhead||38||105.1||0||2||0||4.53||63|
|Hunter, WillardWillard Hunter||27||63||1||6||0||5.57||40|
|Jones, ShermanSherman Jones||8||23.1||0||4||0||7.71||11|
|Cisco, GalenGalen Cisco||4||19.1||1||1||0||3.26||13|
|Foss, LarryLarry Foss||5||11.2||0||1||0||4.63||3|
Relief pitchersNote: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Daviault, RayRay Daviault||36||81||1||5||0||6.22||51|
|MacKenzie, KenKen MacKenzie||42||80||5||4||1||4.95||51|
|Mizell, Vinegar BendVinegar Bend Mizell||17||38||0||2||0||7.34||15|
|Miller, Bob G.Bob G. Miller||17||20.1||2||2||1||7.08||8|
|Hillman, DaveDave Hillman||13||16.2||0||0||1||6.32||8|
|Moford, HerbHerb Moford||7||15||0||1||0||7.20||5|
|Labine, ClemClem Labine||3||4||0||0||0||11.25||2|
Awards and honors
League top five finishers
- #3 in NL in bases on balls (81)
- MLB leader in losses (24)
- #2 in NL in home runs allowed (35)
- #3 in NL in earned runs allowed (117)
- #4 in NL in earned runs allowed (115)
- #4 in NL in home runs allowed (31)
- #2 in NL in losses (20)
|AAA||Syracuse Chiefs||International League||Frank Verdi and Johnny Vander Meer|
|C||Santa Barbara Rancheros||California League||Gene Lillard|
|D||Quincy Jets||Midwest League||Ken Deal|
|D||Auburn Mets||New York-Penn League||Dick Cole|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Auburn
Syracuse affiliation shared with Washington Senators
- 1962 New York Mets Schedule
- Paul Blair page at Baseball Reference
- Billy Loes page at Baseball Reference
- Frank Thomas page at Baseball Reference
- Joe Ginsberg page at Baseball-Reference
- Gus Bell page at Baseball-Reference
- Ed Bouchee page at Baseball-Reference
- Hobie Landrith page at Baseball Reference
- Harry Chiti page at Baseball Reference
- Bobby Gene Smith page at Baseball-Reference
- Don Zimmer page at Baseball Reference
- Vinegar Bend Mizell page at Baseball Reference
- Marv Throneberry page at Baseball Reference
- Ed Kranepool page at Baseball Reference
- Galen Cisco page at Baseball Reference
- 1962 New York Mets Statistics and Roster – Baseball-Reference.com
- 1962 New York Mets
- 1962 New York Mets team page at www.baseball-almanac.com