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January 6, 2012

1962 Yankees Hitting Stars

by @ 11:01 am. Filed under 1962 Yankees

When you have a stacked lineup, it’s hard to pick just three hitting stars.  Oddly, like in 1961, Maris led the team in home runs and RBIs but Mantle was by far the more superior hitter.  The voters recognized this and he was given a third MVP award and he also won his first and only Gold Glove.  He finished with a league leading 1.091 OPS and he had 30 home runs and 89 RBIs.  He did miss quite a bit of time though and he only played in 123 games.

Roger Maris was more durable and he led the team with 33 home runs and 100 RBIs.  He hit only .256 though but he was still good for an OPS of .840 which was second best to Mantle.

Bobbie Richardson led the team with 209 hits and 99 runs and he hit .302.  He only stole eleven bases but the team had just 42 which oddly was seventh best in the AL.

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