After much struggle with the city fathers of Los Angeles, Walter O'Malley finally opened his baseball emporium, Dodger Stadium, for the start of the 1962 season. O'Malley's highly regarded team drew a record 2,755,184 fans into the park, while pacing the National League all summer behind the star performances of Maury Wills, Tommy Davis and Don Drysdale. Of the trio, Wills proved the most exciting while en route to the league's MVP Award by committing the grandest theft act ever witnessed on major league turf --- 104 steals --- to break the 1915 mark of the legendary Ty Cobb. Davis, by hitting .346 and knocking in 153 runs, captured two of the major batting categories while Drysdale won the coveted Cy Young Award on the strength of his 25 victories.
But all the individual glory could not make up for an unfortunate incident which took place on July 17, when ace southpaw Sandy Koufax was lost for the season with a circulatory ailment in his fingers. In the final 13 contests, the Dodgers could only win three, while the San Francisco Giants won seven to tie Los Angeles on the final day of the season. The Giants stayed in contention all year with an attack centered on home run leader Willie Mays, and the slugging of Orlando Cepeda and Felipe Alou. Jack Sanford won 16 games in a row ending up with 24 victories for the season combined with Billy O'Dell's 19, Juan Marichal's 18 and Billy Pierce's 16 gave the Giants a very formidable staff that would lead them over the Dodgers in the Best of 3 playoff series.
In the American League, the fanfare took place before the final curtain. Cleveland, leading until the All-Star break, lost 19 of their next 24 games to drop into second division. While the Indians were faltering, the Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins, the league's newest entries, were charging into contention. Although the joint efforts were commendable, both fell short. The Twins finished second on the strength of a strong batting attack, and the Angels third on the arms of their two colorful rookies, Dean Chance and Bo Belinsky. As usual, the Yankees were on top when the season closed even in an off year for the Bronx Bombers.
We hope this recreation of the 1962 Season brings enjoyment to both the seasoned veterans as well as the much younger Total Classics enthusiast that would like to trip back to see, hear & feel what it was all like in 1962.
This project is a mere continuation of Total Classics. Much credit needs to be extended to the "Entire" Total Classics Team for creating such an interest in Oldtime Classic Baseball. Much "Thanks" & "Appreciation" to the so many MVPModders that have contributed so much to the overall Total Classics experience and continue to do so today. This includes those Cyberface modders; Stadium modders; Uniform modders; Roster modders; Audio modders; Bats Balls & ALL !!! To Everyone "Thanks So Much for the Joy you have brought to so Many of Us!"
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A ) This mod was built for the complete replay of the 1962 Major League Baseball Season. Thus, the use of Dynasty Mode for a single season is recommended. Although other Major League teams are represented in this mod they have not been fully tested but likely are OK to use in Exhibition Play.
B ) It is "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" that you -TURN OFF - Trades, Call Ups & Injuries to maintain the opening day 25 man rosters intact throughout the season.
C ) It is recommended that you install TC62 over a clean install of MVP Baseball 2005 with at least up to Patch #2.
D ) It will be necessary for you to install a Profile that UnLocks all Classic Uniforms. Robert Glass's unlock profile is provided in the "Extras" directory.
E) In the directory where you install TC1962 you will find a subdirectory named Extras. This directory includes:
1) The most up todate MVPEdit .mbe file for TC62.
2) A file named Sliders.doc which are the slider setting used to validate the realism & accuracy of this mod during CPU vs CPU style games. You may choose to try these out.
3) A file named Glass_Profile.sav which is a profile to unlock everything. This file should be placed in your My Documents MVP Baseball 2005directory if you care to use it.
4) A copy of the TC62 Readme file.
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