1962 October

1st  San Francisco wins the first of the best-of-3 NL playoff games as Billy Pierce takes his 12th straight at Candlestick Park, a three-hit, 8–0 victory. Willie Mays hits 2 HRs, giving him 49 in 1962, one more than AL leader Harmon Killebrew. Koufax, making just his 3rd start since returning from his hand injury, is the loser.

2nd  Just 25,321 fans are on hand at Dodger Stadium to see Drysdale (25–9) and Sanford (24–7) square off. After 35 straight scoreless innings, the Dodgers break through for 7 runs in the 6th to lead San Francisco by 2. The Giants score twice in the 8th, but a 9th-inning sacrifice fly by Ron Fairly sends Maury Wills home with the winning run, 8–7. The Giants tie an NL record by using 8 hurlers in a 9-inning game. At 4 hours and 18 minutes, the game is the longest 9-inning affair in NL history.

3rd  A crowd of 45,693, giving the Dodgers a ML-record season attendance of 2,755,184, attends the deciding game of the NL season. In the 6th, Tommy Davis hits a 2-run homer to give LA the lead.  The four bagger gives Davis 153 RBIs, 118 coming with runners in scoring position, a NL record since 1950 and one that won’t be topped in the 20thcentury (according to Joe Taxiera’s A Unique Look at Big League Baseball). In the 7th, Maury Wills collects his 4th single of the day, and his 103rd and 104th steals of the year. But the Giants score 4 in the 9th to win 6–4 and put themselves in the WS.

4th  At Candlestick Park, in game one of the WS, Roger Maris stakes Whitey Ford to a 2-run lead with a first-inning, 2-run double. Only RF Felipe Alou’s leaping effort keeps Maris’ drive in the park. Whitey Ford’s record consecutive-shutout-inning streak ends at 3323innings when a surprise bunt by Jose Pagan brings Willie Mays home. Clete Boyer’s 7th-inning HR gives the Yankees a 6–2 win, the last of a record 10 WS victories for Ford.

5th  Jack Sanford’s 3-hitter handcuffs New York and knots the WS. Matty Alou’s RBI grounder and Willie McCovey’s HR off Ralph Terry account for San Francisco’s 2–0 win.

7th  At Yankee Stadium in game 3, Bill Stafford and Billy Pierce match goose eggs for 6 innings. Ed Bailey’s 2-run 9th-inning HR ruins Stafford’s shutout, but his 4-hitter downs the Giants 3–2.

8th  Tom Haller and Chuck Hiller power San Francisco to a WS-tying win, 7–3. Haller’s 2-run HR puts the Giants in front, and Hiller’s surprising grand slam, the first in World Series history, is the margin of victory.  In the evening Hiller appears on the television show I’ve Got A Secret.

10th  Following a rainout, New York overcomes 2 San Francisco leads, and Tom Tresh’s 3-run 8th-inning HR off Jack Sanford gives the Yankees and Ralph Terry a 5–3 win.

15th  After one day of travel and 3 of rain, Billy Pierce pitches a 3-hitter for a 5–2 Giants win of game 6. Orlando Cepeda breaks his hitless streak with 2 hits and 3 RBI.

16th  New York scores the game’s only run, as Tony Kubek grounds into a 5th-inning DP. In the 9th, with 2 outs and Matty Alou on 1B, Willie Mays rips a double to right off Ralph Terry, but great fielding by Roger Maris keeps Alou from scoring. Willie McCovey then hits a screaming liner toward right, but 2B Bobby Richardson gloves it, giving the Yankees a 1–0 win and a 2nd straight WS victory. Terry is named WS MVP.

17th  Pitchers Larry Jackson and Lindy McDaniel and C Jimmie Schaffer are traded by St. Louis to the Cubs for P Don Cardwell, OF George Altman, and C Moe Thacker.

27th  The Detroit Tigers begin a 17-game tour of Japan.

29th  Branch Rickey rejoins the Cardinals as a senior consultant for player development.

      The Yankees sell Bob Turley (82-52 in 8 years with New York) to the LA Angels. The former ace was just a 3-game winner in each of his last two seasons.