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1965 Baseball Season

More 1965 Baseball Season Highlights

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.

  • Washington's Eddie Brinkman hits .185, tying Johnny Gochnauer's American League record for lowest BA by shortstop with a minimum of 400 at-bats.

  • Gus 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).

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