Sunday, February 26, 2012


Game 6 was the first game back in San Francisco after the Yankees went up by three games to two in New York. The previous game was October 10, this one was October 15 because of a travel day and three days of rain (and couldn't we use that about now). The Giants won behind Billy Pierce's complete game three-hitter.

The price of a ticket to sit in the lower boxes was $12.00. Adjusted for inflation, that is just a few cents over $90. I would gladly shell out $90 for a lower box seat to a World Series, I mean, aren't some field boxes for regular games a lot more than that now? No one ever said that Major League Baseball has not made money in the Selig era.

Ford C. Frick was the Commissioner of Baseball in 1962. Joesph Cronin was the president of the American League, Warren Giles of the National League. The "Detroit Three" refers, of course, to the three car companies located in Detroit. But in 1962, there were some other American car companies. Notably, American Motors, was located in Indiana, the Rambler was the third best selling car in the early sixties. In 1962, American Motors was being run by George W. Romney (he downsized it). Jeep was still an independent car company in 1962, as well.

The Giants Executive Family consisted on Horace C. Stoneham, President; Charles S. Feeny, Vice-President; Charles H. Stoneham, Vice-President; Edward T. Brannick, Secretary; and Edgar P. Feeley, Treasurer.

Felipe Alou, of course, managed the Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants. Harvey Kuenn played left field in Game 6, he went on to manage the Milwaukee Brewers in their only World Series appearance in 1982.

Orlando Cepeda got three hits in Game 6, and two rbi. He was also caught stealing once. The losing pitcher was Whitey Ford, lasting only 4 2/3 innings and giving up all five runs. The Giants did not hit a home run, although Roger Maris did hit a solo shot. The Giants starting lineup:
Harvey Kuenn - LF
Charley Hiller - 2B
Felipe Alou - RF
Willie Mays - CF
Orlando Cepeda - 1B
Jimmy Davenport - 3B
Ed Bailey - C
Jose Pagan - SS
Billy Pierce - P

The Giants' Equipment Manager was Eddie Logan. "Doc" Bowman was the Trainer.

Juan Marichal was the only Giant pitcher not born in the US.

You get a lot to like - filter, flavor, pack or box! You may remember the jingle, "You get a lot to like with a Marlboro. Filter, flavor, pack or box!" Although I found a clip on YouTube where it was "... filter, flavor, flip-top box!" Lee Marvin was not a Marlboro man, this is his preference.

WSTF was the ticker symbol for Westaff - or what had been previously known as Western Staffing, Inc. until the marketers were let loose. It was bought out by a privately held company, The Select Family of Staffing Companies. In 1962, Western Staffing was Western Girl, Inc., even though they could provide men. It was, "One of America's Finest Temporary Office Help Agencies."

Trick question, but MOC was right on it. The Giants and doggers ended 1962 in a tie atop the NL West, and a three game series decided the outcome. The Giants won 9 against LA during the regular season, in which they won 101 games. The final season total, 103 - 62.

Harrah's Tahoe featured Guy Lombardo, Polly Bergen, Lonesome George Gobel, Louis Armstrong and Harry Belafonte. Imaging staying at the Lake for two days and catching Louis Armstrong and Harry Belafonte on consecutive nights! You could have done it on November 7 and 8, 1962.

The winner's share was $9883 and the loser's share was $7291. Righteous bucks!

A few other advertisements of the day: Roos-Atkins; Laura Scudder's Potato Chips, "The noisiest chips in the world"; soft whirled Wonder Bread; RCA Victor "Mark 8" color TV. And, your Chevron dealers, featuring "no increase in price, just driving pleasure." That was because they were using Methyl. Not Methyl-something, just Methyl, their trademarked antiknock compound before Techron came along. Methyl, by the way, was the first research breakthrough in antiknock compounds since Ethyl.

How about some more of those groovy San Francisco World Series programs in 2012?


M.C. O'Connor said...

"Ford C. Frick" is a great name. The "C" is for "Christopher."

My mom and dad had a Rambler when I was a kid.

I was too young (b. 13 Nov 1959) and don't recall the 1962 Series.

Zo said...

PS - I failed to provide an answer to: The Yankees had two pitchers who were recipients of the Cy Young Award. The 1962 Giants also had two pitchers who would win Cy Youngs. Name these four men (hint: one Giant was not on the World Series Roster).

In 1958, Bullet Bob Turley won a Cy Young, and in 1961, Whitey Ford won. In 1967, the first year that a Cy was awarded in both the National and American Leagues, Mike McCormick won to conclude a 22 win season. Gaylord Perry pitched for the Giants in 1962 but was not on the World Series roster. He would go on to win Cy Youngs in 1972 and 1978, although, sadly, neither in a Giants uniform.