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Musial Sets National League RBI Record in Losing Effort

July 25, 1962 - Stan Musial set a National League career record of 1,862 runs batted in with a 2-run homer today, but Don Drysdale gained his 18th victory of the season as the Dodgers beat the Cardinals, 5-2, in St. Louis. Musial had shared the RBI record with Mel Ott of the Giants. Musial’s blast, his 14th homer of the season, bounced off a light tower about 85 feet above the playing field. Drysdale, who has lost only four games, enabled the league-leading Dodgers to stay one game ahead of the Giants. Sandy Koufax will suit up with the Dodgers Friday, but won’t be allowed to throw until early August. Today, the team’s physician said the improvement in Koufax’s injured finger was “much more rapid” than originally expected.

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