1962 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)William R. Daley
General manager(s)Gabe Paul
Manager(s)Mel McGaha
Local televisionWJW-TV
(Ken Coleman, Bob Neal)
Local radioWERE
(Jimmy Dudley, Harry Jones)
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The 1962 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished sixth in the American League with a record of 80–82, 16 games behind the World Champion New York Yankees. Once again, the Indians got off to another fast start (48-36 at the All Star break), however they would lose their next nine games, 19 of their next 24, and 28 of their next 38 games to fall into the lower half of the standings. After the slump, the Indians would rebound slightly to win 22 of their final 40 games, but it was way too little far too late, and Mel McGaha would be finished by the end of the season. The Indians were one of only two American League teams to win the season series (Baltimore being the other one) against the Yankees (who would win the pennant, and later the World Series in 7 games over the San Francisco Giants), taking 11 of the 18 contests. However, they would go 9-9 against the 60-102 Senators.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 96 66 0.593 50–30 46–36
Minnesota Twins 91 71 0.562 5 45–36 46–35
Los Angeles Angels 86 76 0.531 10 40–41 46–35
Detroit Tigers 85 76 0.528 10½ 49–33 36–43
Chicago White Sox 85 77 0.525 11 43–38 42–39
Cleveland Indians 80 82 0.494 16 43–38 37–44
Baltimore Orioles 77 85 0.475 19 44–38 33–47
Boston Red Sox 76 84 0.475 19 39–40 37–44
Kansas City Athletics 72 90 0.444 24 39–42 33–48
Washington Senators 60 101 0.373 35½ 27–53 33–48


Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team BAL BOS CHW CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY WSH
Baltimore 8–10 9–9 11–7 2–16 10–8 8–10 6–12 11–7 12–6
Boston 10–8 8–10 7–11 11–6 10–8 6–12 10–8 6–12 8–9
Chicago 9–9 10–8 12–6 9–9 9–9 10–8 8–10 8–10 10–8
Cleveland 7–11 11–7 6–12 10–8 11–7 9–9 6–12 11–7 9–9
Detroit 16–2 6–11 9–9 8–10 12–6 11–7 5–13 7–11 11–7
Kansas City 8–10 8–10 9–9 7–11 6–12 6–12 8–10 5–13 15–3
Los Angeles 10–8 12–6 8–10 9–9 7–11 12–6 9–9 8–10 11–7
Minnesota 12–6 8–10 10–8 12–6 13–5 10–8 9–9 7–11 10–8–1
New York 7–11 12–6 10–8 7–11 11–7 13–5 10–8 11–7 15–3
Washington 6–12 9–8 8–10 9–9 7–11 3–15 7–11 8–10–1 3–15


Notable transactions

Opening Day Lineup

Opening Day Starters
# Name Position
9 Ty Cline CF
14 Tito Francona 1B
30 Chuck Essegian LF
8 Willie Kirkland RF
11 Johnny Romano C
3 Woodie Held SS
5 Bubba Phillips 3B
1 Jerry Kindall 2B
20 Dick Donovan P

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Roster

1962 Cleveland Indians
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Johnny Romano 135 459 120 .261 25 81
1B Tito Francona 158 621 169 .272 14 70
2B Jerry Kindall 154 530 123 .232 13 55
SS Woodie Held 139 466 116 .249 19 58
3B Bubba Phillips 148 562 145 .258 10 54
LF Chuck Essegian 106 336 92 .274 21 50
CF Ty Cline 118 375 93 .248 2 28
RF Willie Kirkland 137 419 84 .200 21 72

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Al Luplow 97 318 88 .277 14 45
Willie Tasby 75 199 48 .241 4 17
Don Dillard 95 174 40 .230 5 14
Doc Edwards 53 143 39 .273 3 9
Gene Green 66 143 40 .280 11 28
Jim Mahoney 41 74 18 .243 3 5
Jack Kubiszyn 25 59 10 .169 1 2
Max Alvis 12 51 11 .216 0 3
Walt Bond 12 50 19 .380 6 17
Ken Aspromonte 20 28 4 .143 0 1
Hal Jones 5 16 5 .313 0 1
Tommie Agee 5 14 3 .214 0 2
Mike de la Hoz 12 12 1 .083 0 0
Marlan Coughtry 3 2 1 .500 0 1
Bob Nieman 2 1 0 .000 0 1

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dick Donovan 34 250.2 20 10 3.59 94
Pedro Ramos 37 201.1 10 12 3.71 96
Jim Perry 35 193.2 12 12 4.14 74
Mudcat Grant 26 149.2 7 10 4.27 90
Floyd Weaver 1 5.0 1 0 1.80 8

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Barry Latman 45 179.1 8 13 4.17 117
Sam McDowell 25 87.2 3 7 6.06 70
Rubén Gómez 15 45.1 1 2 4.37 21
Ron Taylor 8 33.1 2 2 5.94 15
Bob Hartman 8 17.1 0 1 3.12 11

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Gary Bell 57 10 9 12 4.26 80
Frank Funk 47 2 1 6 3.24 49
Bob Allen 30 1 1 4 5.87 23
Bill Dailey 27 2 2 1 3.59 24
Dave Tyriver 4 0 0 0 4.22 7
Wynn Hawkins 3 1 0 0 7.36 0
Jackie Collum 1 0 0 0 13.50 1
Don Rudolph 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Jacksonville Suns International League Ben Geraghty
AAA Salt Lake City Bees Pacific Coast League Bob Kennedy
A Charleston Indians Eastern League Johnny Lipon
B Burlington Indians Carolina League Gene Verble
D Selma Cloverleafs Alabama–Florida League Pinky May
D Dubuque Packers Midwest League Walt Novick
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Selma, Dubuque
Salt Lake City affiliation shared with Chicago Cubs[9]

References