Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

1962 Topps Giants - Part 1

#226 San Francisco Giants

  • Team Record: 103-62 (1st in NL -- won a 3-game playoff with Los Angeles)
  • Attendance: 1,592,594 (2nd in NL)
  • Team Batting: .278 (1st in NL)
  • Team Home Runs: 204 (1st in NL)
  • Team ERA: 3.79 (6th in NL)
  • Team Fielding: .977 (3rd in NL)
  • Home Run Leader: Willie Mays (49)
  • RBI Leader: Wille Mays (141)
  • Stolen Base Leader: Willie Mays (18)
  • Victories Leader: Jack Sanford (24)
  • Losses Leader: Billy O'Dell (14)
  • Saves Leader: Stu Miller (19)
  • ERA Leader (starters): Juan  Marichal (3.36)
  • ERA Leader (relievers): Bobby Bolin (3.62)
  • NL Leaders: Willie Mays (home runs - 49)
  • Gold Gloves: Willie Mays (OF)
  • NL All Stars: Orlando Cepeda (starting 1B); Willie Mays (starting CF); Jim Davenport (3B); Juan Marichal (P)
  • The 1962 Giants were one of the few teams that appeared in the World Series since the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958. The Giants did it mostly with offense, finishing first in the NL in batting average and home runs. Willie Mays had a great season and was barely beat out by Maury Wills for the MVP award. The Giants and Dodgers finished the season tied for 1st place. The Giants won a 3-game playoff to advance to the World Series. The New York Yankees won the series in seven games. The Giants had runners on second and third in the bottom of the 9th inning but Willie McCovey lined out to Bobby Richardson to end the game and the series.

#322 Alvin Dark
  • Alvin Dark retired as a player after the 1960 season and was hired to manage the Giants. The Giants finished 3rd in 1961, 1st in 1962, and 4th in 1963 and 1964. Alvin was let go by the Giants after the 1964 season after owner Horace Stoneham learned of an extramarital affair. Dark also managed the KC Athletics for almost two seasons (1966 and most of 1967) and the Cleveland Indians for almost four seasons (1968-1971). Alvin came back to the A's in 1974 and they won a World Championship. The A's won the AL West in 1975 under Dark's leadership but he was fired after the A's lost in the ALCS. Dark managed the last 113 games of the 1977 season for the San Diego Padres.

#247 Joe Pignitano
  • Joe Pignitano batted .200 in five at bats for the Giants in 1962. He was sold to the New York Mets on July 13 and finished his major league playing career with the Mets in '62. Joe played in two more seasons in the minors but didn't make it back to the majors.

#356 Tom Haller 
  • Tom Haller shared time behind the plate with Ed Bailey. Haller batted .261 with 18 HR and 55 RBI in 99 games. Tom batted .286 with one HR in 14 at bats in the 1962 World Series.

#377 Johnny Orsino
  • Johnny Orsino batted .271 in 48 at bats for the Giants in 1962. He batted .327 in 43 games for AAA Tacoma in 1962. Orsino was traded to the Baltimore Orioles after the 1962 season.

#459 Ed Bailey
  • Ed Bailey batted .232 with 17 HR and 45 RBI in 1962. He batted .071 in 14 AB in the 1962 World Series.


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