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Giants’ Pennant Surge Voted Sports Upset of 1962

Jan. 15, 1963 - The surge of the San Francisco Giants, who were given up for dead in the National League race only to battle back and defeat the heavily favored Los Angeles Dodgers for the flag, was voted the sports upset of the year in 1962. The twin feat of the Giants — to get into a playoff against the Dodgers when all appeared lost and then to win the playoff in the last inning of the third game — was named the greatest upset by the sportswriters and broadcasters who participated in the annual AP poll. Taking second place was the 10-7 victory scored by the Miami of Ohio football team over Purdue of the Big Ten. The playoff victory for Jack Nicklaus in the U.S. Golf Open over Arnold Palmer was voted into the third spot. It was Nicklaus’s first tournament victory as a pro. Cincinnati’s basketball victory over top-ranked Ohio State in the NCAA championship took the fourth spot. In fifth place was Detroit’s 26-14 Thanksgiving Day victory over the previously unbeaten Green Bay Packers. It was the only game the Packers lost all year as they swept to a 13-1 season mark and took the NFL championship.


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