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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.

November 14, 2011

1962 Yankees Intro

by @ 1:35 pm. Filed under 1962 Yankees

The 1961 Yankees had their share of successes and it was truly a historic season.  What’s been lost a lot of times is this team went on to repeat as champions in 1962 which largely the same team.  That’s why our next look is going to be on this historic team.

Similar to 1961, the 1962 Yankees played a tight race in the first half before catching fire in the second half and running away with it.  On June 22, they were four games back and in fourth place but by July 31 they were in first with a six game lead.  They took over first place right before the All Star Game and never yielded it.

All the usual players were there.  Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were the two best hitters but there was plenty of support.  Tom Tresh was a newcomer that gave the team an offensive boost and he went on to have a solid career for the Yankees.  Mickey Mantle was the best hitter in baseball and he won his third MVP award that year.

On the pitching side, Ralph Terry was the ace but right behind him was White Ford.  Bill Stafford was the other egular in the rotation but after that it was kind of a mish mash.  Marshall Bridges was the team’s top reliever and of course the infamous Jim Bouton made his debut that season and put up decent numbers.

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