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Recap of the year 1962 in sports.
- Stock car racing:
- Indianapolis 500 - Rodger Ward
- USAC Racing - Rodger Ward won the season championship
- Formula One Championship - Graham Hill of Great Britain
- 24 hours of Le Mans: won by the team of Olivier Gendebien / Phil Hill driving a Ferrari 330LM
- Rally racing - the team of Erik Carlsson / Gunnar Haggbom won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Saab 96
- Drag racing - Jack Chrisman won Top Eliminator at the NHRA Nationals
- January 23: Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame in their first years of eligibility.
- October: National League pennant playoff: After finishing tied for the league lead, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants played-off for the title. The Giants won the series 2 games to 1, thereby winning the National League championship.
- New York Yankees win 4 games to 3 over the San Francisco Giants. The Series MVP was Ralph Terry, New York.
- March 2 - In Hershey, Pennsylvania, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 100 points against the New York Knicks, breaking several National Basketball Association records.
- Cincinnati wins 71-59 over Ohio St.
- The Boston Celtics won the series 4-3 over the Los Angeles Lakers. This win marked their 4th consecutive championship and 5th in 6 years.
- March 24, 1962 - Emile Griffith regained the World Welterweight Championship by knocking out Benny the "Kid" Paret in the 12th round. Paret died ten days later on April 3, 1962 as a result of severe head injuries sustained in the fight.
- September 25, 1962 - Sonny Liston knocks out Floyd Patterson, two minutes and six seconds into the first round, to become World Heavyweight Champion.
- AFL Championship: Dallas Texans won 20-17 over the Houston Oilers in double overtime
- NFL Championship: Green Bay Packers won 16-7 over the New York Giants
Football (Australian Rules)
- Victorian Football League
- Grand Slam of golf results:
- Professional Golfers Association of America|PGA tour's leading money winner for the year: Arnold Palmer - $81,448
- US Women's Open - Murle Lindstrom
- LPGA Championship - Judy Kimball
- Mickey Wright: leading money winner on the LPGA tour, earning $21,641
Thoroughbred Horse Racing
- Australia - Melbourne Cup - Even Stevens
- Canada - Queen's Plate - Flaming Page
- France - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Soltikoff
- Ireland - Irish Derby Stakes - Tambourine
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Bobby Hull, Chicago Blackhawks
- ISF World Championships:
- Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
- Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
General sporting events
- Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia
- British Empire and Commonwealth Games held in Perth, Western Australia
- Second Winter Universiade held in Villars, Switzerland
- January 18 — Laurie Gallen, New Zealand field hockey player
- February 2 — Andy Fordham, English darts player
- February 2 — Pedro Nolasco, Dominican boxer
- February 7 — Salvatore Antibo, Italian long distance runner
- February 10 — Bobby Czyz, Polish-American boxer
- February 14 — Philippe Sella, French rugby union player
- February 19 — Hana Mandlíková, Czech tennis player
- March 1 — Russell Coutts, New Zealand-born competitive sailor
- March 3 — Jackie Joyner-Kersee, US track and field athlete
- March 7 — Peter Manley, English darts player
- March 12 — Darryl Strawberry, baseball player
- March 13 — Liane Tooth, Australian field hockey forward
- March 22 — Juan Aguilera, Spanish tennis player
- March 23 — Steve Redgrave, British rower, five-time Olympic gold medalist
- March 26 — Paul Chamberlin, American tennis player
- March 26 — John Stockton, American basketball player, all-time NBA leader in assists and steals
- April 15 — Nawal El Moutawakel, Moroccan hurdler
- April 24 — Stuart Pearce, English footballer and manager
- May 30 — Jan Gunnarsson, Swedish tennis player
- June 19 — Jeremy Bates, British tennis player
- July 12 — Jin-Sun Yoo, South Korean tennis player
- July 27 — Neil Brooks, Australian swimmer
- August 1 — Robert Clift, British field hockey player
- August 1 — Jacob "Baby Jakes" Matlala , South African boxer
- August 2 — Mercedes Coghen, Spanish field hockey player
- August 4 — Roger Clemens, baseball pitcher, seven-time Cy Young Award winner
- August 5 — Patrick Ewing, American NBA player
- August 18 — Carina Benninga, Dutch field hockey international
- August 20 — Dong-Wook Song, South Korean tennis player
- September 1 — Ruud Gullit, Dutch football player and manager
- September 21 — Kelly Evernden, New Zealand tennis player
- September 30 — Frank Rijkaard, Dutch football (soccer) player and manager
- October 9 — Jorge Luis Burruchaga, Argentine football (soccer) player and coach
- October 13 — Jerry Rice, NFL player
- October 19 — Evander Holyfield, American heavyweight boxer
- October 30 — Courtney Walsh, cricketer
- October 31 — Hiroshi Yamamoto, Japanese archer
- November 1 — Sharron Davies, swimmer
- November 24 — Karen Marsden, Australian field hockey goalkeeper
- November 30 — Bong-Soo Kim, South Korean tennis player
- December 12 — Tracy Austin, American tennis player
- December 13 — Kendra Slawinski, English netballer
- December 24 — Juan Hernández, Cuban boxer
- December 27 — Mark Few, American college basketball coach