Check out more 1965 baseball season highlights below, including a stellar hitting performance by Roberto Clemente and the year's big trades.
- Willie Mays hits National League record 17 homers in a month en route to setting Giants club record with 52 homers.
- Ted Abernathy appears in new major league record 84 games as a pitcher.
- Yankees finish in second division for first time since 1925.
- Emmett Ashford, the first black ump in major league history, debuts in the American League.
- Leo Durocher is hired to manage the Cubs, ending Wrigley's college of coaches scheme and four years of chaos.
- The Hall of Fame inducts Pud Galvin.
- Jim Lefebvre of LA is the 1965 National League Rookie of the Year.
- Curt Blefary of Baltimore is named the 1965 American League Rookie of the Year, as he hits 22 home runs.
- Bob Gibson wins the first of nine consecutive Gold Gloves given to National League pitchers.
- Detroit catcher Bill Freehan wins the first of five consecutive Gold Gloves.
- Bobby Richardson wins the last of five straight Gold Gloves given to American League second basemen.
- Yankee Joe Pepitone wins the first of three career Gold Gloves at first base.
- Branch Rickey dies.
- Bill McKechnie dies.
- The Cards send Ken Boyer to the Mets for Al Jackson and Charley Smith.
- The Giants deal Randy Hundley and Bill Hands to the Cubs for Lindy McDaniel, Don Landrum, and Jim Rittwage.
- The Cards swap Dick Groat, Bill White, and Bob Uecker to the Phils for Alex Johnson, Art Mahaffey, and Pat Corrales.
- The Indians
send Tommie Agee, John Romano, and Tommy John to the White Sox; the tribe gets
Rocky Colavito and Cam Carreon in a three-way deal with Kansas City.
- Zoilo Versalles sets a major league record for shortstops when he strikes out 122 times.
- Versalles ties the American League record by leading the loop in triples for third consecutive year, as he ties for the lead with 12.
- The Braves have a National League record six players with 20 or more homers.
- J.C. Martin sets the 20th Century record for catchers with 33 passed balls for White Sox.
- The average major leaguer's salary in 1965 is around $17,000.
- The Dodgers feature the first all-switch-hitting infield in major league history: Wes Parker, Lefebvre, Maury Wills, and Jim Gilliam.
- Yankees legend Yogi Berra plays four games for the Mets.
Eddie Brinkman hits .185, tying Johnny Gochnauer's American League
record for lowest BA by shortstop with a minimum of 400 at-bats.
Triandos retires with a major league record 1,206 consecutive games
without being caught stealing -- though he stole only one base.
- Joe Morgan of Houston goes 6-for-6 on July 8.
- After the season, the Reds deal Frank Robinson to Baltimore for Milt Pappas and two other players.
- On September 3, the Dodgers use four pitchers to shut out the Astros the day after they used three pitchers to shut them out.
- Bert Campaneris ends Luis Aparicio's reign as American League theft king, as he swipes 51.
- Cleveland's Colavito tops the American League in RBI (108) and walks (93).
- Mudcat Grant leads the American League in wins (21), shutouts (six), and win pct. (.750).
- Mel Stottlemyre tops the American League in innings (291) and CGs (18).
- Ron Kline of Washington tops the American League with 29 saves.
- Roberto Clemente repeats as National League batting leader (.329).
- Pete Rose tops the majors with 209 hits.
- Cincinnati's Tommy Harper leads the National League in runs (126).
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1964 Baseball Season
- 1966 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth