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The 1962 American Association season was the 61st in the league's history, and ended with the Louisville Colonels winning their third straight league championship. The Colonels would go on to lose the Junior World Series.

With Houston becoming a National League city, the AA was again down to five teams. The Colt .45s put their Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City.

After the season, Louisville folded and the Dodgers pulled out of Omaha.

In November, George Trautman, a former AA president and head of the organization in charge of the minors (the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues), met with the AA, IL and PCL leaders for two days. On Thursday, November 29, the AA was dissolved, and its teams split up between the PCL and IL.

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[edit] Final standings

Playoff teams in bold.

W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Indianapolis Indians 89 58 .605 -- Luke Appling Chicago White Sox
Omaha Dodgers 79 68 .537 10 Danny Ozark Los Angeles Dodgers
Denver Bears 79 71 .527 11½ Frank Skaff Detroit Tigers
Louisville Colonels 71 75 .486 17½ Jack Tighe Milwaukee Braves
Oklahoma City 89ers 66 81 .449 23 Connie Ryan Houston Colt .45s
Dallas-Ft. Worth Rangers 59 90 .396 31 Dick Littlefield/Ray Murray Los Angeles Angels/Philadelphia Phillies

[edit] Playoffs

  First Round Championship Finals
                 
1  Indianapolis Indians 0  
4  Louisville Colonels 3  
    4  Louisville Colonels 4
  3  Denver Bears 2
2  Omaha Dodgers 1
3  Denver Bears 3  

[edit] First Round

Indianapolis vs. Louisville
Date Away Home
September 11 Louisville 5 Indianapolis 3
September 12 Louisville 5 Indianapolis 2
September 13 Indianapolis 4 Louisville 6
Louisville wins series 3-0
Omaha vs. Denver
Date Away Home
September 11 Omaha 4 Denver 6
September 12 Omaha 0 Denver 6
September 13 Denver 3 Omaha 5
September 14 Denver 6 Omaha 5
Denver wins series 3-1

[edit] Championship Finals

Denver vs. Louisville
Date Away Home
September 15 Louisville 6 Denver 7
17 innings
September 16 Louisville 10 Denver 7
10 innings
September 17 Louisville 3 Denver 9
September 18 Denver 3 Louisville 4
September 19 Denver 2 Louisville 3
10 innings
September 20 Denver 0 Louisville 1
Louisville wins series 4-2 and
advances to Junior World Series

[edit] References

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Lloyd Johnson and Miles Wolff, editors. Baseball America, 1993.

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