The 1962 Houston Colt .45s were an expansion team in American Major League Baseball's National League, and 1962 was the first season in franchise history. Harry Craft was Houston's first manager. The .45s finished eighth among the National League's ten teams with a record of 64–96, 36½ games behind the league champion San Francisco Giants.
|1962 Houston Colt .45s|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Craig F. Cullinan, Jr., Roy Hofheinz|
|General manager(s)||Paul Richards|
(Al Helfer, Gene Elston, Guy Savage)
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(Al Helfer, Gene Elston, Loel Passe)
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The Colt .45s were one of two teams added to the National League before the 1962 season, the other being the New York Mets. This brought the number of teams in the NL to ten, matching the 1961 expansion of the American League.
The Colt .45s and Mets were established on October 17, 1960, giving them time to acquire professional minor-league players, sign amateur free agents (there was no MLB first-year player draft until 1965) and enter into working agreements with minor league affiliates during the 1961 season. Houston had formal working agreements with two minor league baseball teams in 1961:
|A||Jacksonville Jets||Sally League||Tom Saffell and Dixie Howell|
|D||Salisbury Braves||Western Carolinas League||Alex Cosmidis|
The Colt .45s started their inaugural season on April 10, 1962, with an 11–2 win against the Chicago Cubs, highlighted by a three run home run in the bottom of the third inning by Román Mejías. The .45s would go on to sweep the Cubs in their first three-game series at Colt Stadium. The team finished April with a 7–8 record, 4 games in front of the expansion Mets and only 5 games behind the National League leading Pirates and Giants.
By June 2, with the second loss to the Pirates in Pittsburgh, the Colt .45s had fallen to 16 games behind eventual National League Champion Giants, a deficit that no pre-wild card team had recovered from to make the post season. And, with an August 21 loss at the hands of the Phillies, the Houston Colt .45s were mathematically eliminated from the postseason with a 37-game deficit to the Dodgers with 37 games left.
To get an idea of how the first season was for Houston, look at the team's best pitcher, Richard "Turk" Farrell. A starter for the Colt .45s, he was primarily a relief pitcher when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. Turk lost 20 games in 1962, but had an ERA of 3.02. Turk was selected to both All-Star games that year.
There was a bright spot in the line up in 1962. Román Mejías, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the expansion draft, was named the Colt .45s starting right fielder. It was in Houston that Mejías would play the best season of his career. While he played better the first half of the season, an injury slowed him the second half of the season. However, he still finished with a .286 batting average, 24 home runs, and 76 RBIs. His modesty and his hard play made him a fan favorite that year. Despite his good year, Mejías was traded to the Boston Red Sox in the fall of 1962.
|San Francisco Giants||103||62||0.624||—||61–21||42–41|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||102||63||0.618||1||54–29||48–34|
|St. Louis Cardinals||84||78||0.519||17½||44–37||40–41|
|Houston Colt .45s||64||96||0.400||36½||32–48||32–48|
|New York Mets||40||120||0.250||60½||22–58||18–62|
1962 National League Records
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|1962 Houston Colt .45s|
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases Positional abbreviations: C = Catcher; 1B = First base; 2B = Second base; 3B = Third base; SS = Shortstop; LF = Left field; CF = Center field; RF = Right field
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases
|J. C. Hartman||51||148||11||33||5||0||.223||0||5||1|
Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
|AAA||Oklahoma City 89ers||American Association||Connie Ryan|
|B||Durham Bulls||Carolina League||Lou Fitzgerald|
|C||Modesto Colts||California League||Fred Hatfield|
|D||Moultrie Colt .22s||Georgia–Florida League||Jim Walton|
|Houston Colt .45s 1962 Regular Season Game Log|
April 1962 (7–8)
May 1962 (12–19)
June 1962 (13–14)
July 1962 (5–24)
August 1962 (12–19)
September 1962 (15–12)
1962 MLB season by team
|League pennants (2)|
|Division titles (9)|
|Wild card titles (3)|