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1965 Baseball Season

1965 Baseball Season Headlines

The biggest news of the year was the toppling of the Yankee dynasty along with shining individual performances across both leagues. Here are some of the headlines from the 1965 baseball season:

Carl Yastrzemski Paces Sox Attack

In 1965, Carl Yastrzemski led a Red Sox team that paced the American League in home runs and slugging average and was second only to the Twins in batting. He hit .312 with 45 doubles (tied for the league lead), 20 home runs, and 72 RBI. Boston nevertheless narrowly escaped finishing in the American League cellar when its hurlers were tagged for a circuit-high 791 runs.

Willie Mays Tallies 1965 Giant Stats

Willie Mays racked up 52 home runs and a mammoth .645 slugging average in 1965, keeping the Giants in the National League race until the final weekend of the season. Between them, Mays and Willie McCovey tallied 91 round-trippers, 13 more than the first-place Dodgers.

Mickey Mantle Is Honored

Robert Kennedy was just one of the luminaries to take part in Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium in 1965. The Yankees' tumble to sixth place that year was caused in small part by an off year for some stars (including Mantle, who posted a .255 average, 19 home runs, and 46 RBI) and in large part by the club's failure to keep pace with other teams in developing talented young black players.

Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax Win 49

Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax won 49 games between them for the 1965 Dodgers -- the most victories by any mound duo since the beginning of the expansion era in 1961. The American League postexpansion record is 48 triumphs, held by Denny McLain and Mickey Lolich of the 1968 Tigers and Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally of the 1970 Orioles.

Workhorse Mel Stottlemyre Leads Yanks

Mel Stottlemyre is the only pitcher since 1920 to win 20 or more games three times for the Yankees without notching 20 victories on a pennant-winning team. After copping the American League flag in 1964, Stottlemyre's rookie season, the New York ballclub went a dozen years before claiming another. The hurler's rotator cuff had given out by then.

Bert Campaneris Shines for 1965 A's

Bert Campaneris was virtually the lone bright spot for the last-place A's in 1965. In topping the American League in steals with 51 and tying for the lead in triples with 12 that year, he became the only player in the club's history to pace the loop in more than one major offensive department.

Champion Twins Soft at Second

Rookie Frank Quilici, a .208 hitter during the regular season and later a Twins manager, played every inning of the 1965 World Series at second base. He replaced Jerry Kindall, a .196 hitter that season who retired to become a high school teacher.

Soph Tony Oliva Nabs Second BA Crown

Tony Oliva is the only player in major league history to win a batting title in each of his first two seasons, hitting .323 in 1964 and .321. in 1965. Although some sources credit Paul Waner with the same feat, most still give the National League hitting title in 1926, Waner's rookie year, to Bubbles Hargrave.

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