1962 Milwaukee Braves season

The 1962 Milwaukee Braves season was the tenth for the franchise in Milwaukee and 92nd overall.

The fifth-place Braves finished the season with a 86–76 (.531) record, 15½ games behind the National League champion San Francisco Giants.[4] The home attendance at County Stadium was 766,921,[5] eighth in the ten-team National League. It was the Braves' first season under one million in Milwaukee.[5]

After this season in November, owner Lou Perini sold the franchise for $5.5 million to a Chicago group led by 34-year-old insurance executive William Bartholomay.[1][2][3] Perini retained a 10% interest in the club and sat on the board of directors for a number of years.

1962 Milwaukee Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record86–76 (.531)
League place5th
Other information
Owner(s)Lou Perini
(sold in November 1962)[1][2][3]
General manager(s)John McHale
Manager(s)Birdie Tebbetts
Local televisionWTMJ-TV
(Earl Gillespie, Blaine Walsh, Ernie Johnson)
Local radioWEMP
(Earl Gillespie, Blaine Walsh)
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Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
San Francisco Giants 103 62 0.624 61–21 42–41
Los Angeles Dodgers 102 63 0.618 1 54–29 48–34
Cincinnati Reds 98 64 0.605 58–23 40–41
Pittsburgh Pirates 93 68 0.578 8 51–30 42–38
Milwaukee Braves 86 76 0.531 15½ 49–32 37–44
St. Louis Cardinals 84 78 0.519 17½ 44–37 40–41
Philadelphia Phillies 81 80 0.503 20 46–34 35–46
Houston Colt .45s 64 96 0.400 36½ 32–48 32–48
Chicago Cubs 59 103 0.364 42½ 32–49 27–54
New York Mets 40 120 0.250 60½ 22–58 18–62

Record vs. opponents

1962 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team CHC CIN HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SF STL
Chicago 4–14 7–11 4–14 8–10 9–9 10–8 4–14 6–12 7–11
Cincinnati 14–4 13–5 9–9 13–5 13–5 8–10 13–5 7–11 8–10
Houston 11–7 5–13 6–12 7–11 13–3–1 1–17 5–13 7–11 9–9–1
Los Angeles 14–4 9–9 12–6 10–8 16–2 14–4 10–8 10–11 7–11
Milwaukee 10–8 5–13 11–7 8–10 12–6 11–7 10–8 7–11 12–6
New York 9–9 5–13 3–13–1 2–16 6–12 4–14 2–16 4–14 5–13
Philadelphia 8–10 10–8 17–1 4–14 7–11 14–4 7–10 5–13 9–9
Pittsburgh 14–4 5–13 13–5 8–10 8–10 16–2 10–7 7–11 12–6
San Francisco 12–6 11–7 11–7 11–10 11–7 14–4 13–5 11–7 9–9
St. Louis 11–7 10–8 9–9–1 11–7 6–12 13–5 9–9 6–12 9–9

Roster

1962 Milwaukee Braves
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
3B Eddie Mathews 152 536 142 .265 29 90
LF Gus Bell 79 214 61 .285 5 24
CF Hank Aaron 156 592 191 .323 45 128

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
Lee Maye 99 349 85 .244 10 41
Lou Klimchock 8 8 0 .000 0 0

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
Bob Shaw 38 225 15 9 2.80 124
Bob Buhl 1 2 0 1 22.50 1

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
Lew Burdette 37 143.2 10 9 4.89 59
Tony Cloninger 24 111 8 3 4.30 69
Ron Piché 14 52 3 2 4.85 28
Cecil Butler 9 31 2 0 2.61 22
Jim Constable 3 18 1 1 2.00 12

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
Jack Curtis 30 4 4 1 4.16 40
Hank Fischer 29 2 3 4 5.30 29

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Colonels American Association Jack Tighe
AAA Toronto Maple Leafs International League Chuck Dressen
AA Austin Senators Texas League Jimmy Brown
B Yakima Bears Northwest League Buddy Hicks
C Eau Claire Braves Northern League Jim Fanning
C Boise Braves Pioneer League Al Unser
D Dublin Braves Georgia–Florida League Bill Steinecke
D Cedar Rapids Red Raiders Midwest League Ken Blackman

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Louisville

Notes

  1. ^ a b Thisted, Red (November 17, 1962). "McHale, six others buy Braves for $5.5 million". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 1.
  2. ^ a b Wolf, Bob (November 17, 1962). "Midwestern group purchases Braves". Milwaukee Journal. p. 1, part 1.
  3. ^ a b "Perini sells Braves to Milwaukee group". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. November 17, 1962. p. 11.
  4. ^ "Baseball Standings: final". Milwaukee Journal. October 1, 1962. p. 10, part 2.
  5. ^ a b "Attendance". Milwaukee Journal. October 1, 1962. p. 11, part 2.
  6. ^ Merritt Ranew at Baseball-Reference
  7. ^ Ellis Burton at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ Lou Jackson at Baseball-Reference
  9. ^ Frank Thomas at Baseball-Reference
  10. ^ Joe Azcue at Baseball-Reference
  11. ^ Hal Haydel at Baseball-Reference

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
  • 1962 Milwaukee Braves season at Baseball Reference

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