Players prepare for the 1962 baseball season at spring training camps. Members of the New York Yankees run onto field in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Brief shots of star Yankee pitchers Whitey Ford and Luis Arroyo chatting. Rare shot of Hall of Famer Robin Roberts in Yankee uniform, trying to catch on with New York after being released by Philadelphia Phillies. Shot of rookies Phil Linz and Tom Tresh, both of whom would make the team. Fans in stands applaud as sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris take swings in the batting cage. Maris and Mantle pose for photographers. Scene shifts to the first training camp of the Houston Colt 45's in Apache Junction, Arizona. The Colt 45s, later renamed the Astros, were one of two new National League teams that year. Manager Paul Richards and coach Harry Craft watch players from dugout. Mountains visible in background as pitchers Jim Umbricht, Bobby Shantz and Dick Ferrell warm up. Third baseman Jim McDaniel fields a ground ball during infield practice. Scene shifts to the San Francisco Giants' training camp in Phoenix Arizona. Harvey Kuenn, Willie Mays, Matty Alou and Felipe Alou pose with bats for the camera. Giants pitchers each take a turn pitching, the last one being former Yankee Don Larsen. Kuenn and Mays lash hits in batting cage. Final scene is in St. Petersburg Florida, where the expansion New York Mets are holding their first spring training. Manager Casey Stengel talks with his coaches and shows off the Mets uniform. Shots of pitchers Roger Craig and Jay Hook throwing. Shots of shortstop Felix Mantilla, second baseman Charlie Neal and first baseman Gil Hodges doing infield practice. Announcer says the Mets' pep "should raise the expectations of New York fans" -- an ironic statement, given the Mets would lose 120 games that year, still a Major League Baseball record.
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