Below are more headlines from the 1965 baseball season, including the oldest man to pitch in a major-league game, and Sandy Koufax's masterful performance to win game seven of the World Series.
Versalles Cops MVP in American League
The lone shortstop between 1950 and 1982 to win the MVP Award in the American League, Zoilo Versalles was just 25 years of age in 1965. He spearheaded the loop in runs scored (126) and tied for the lead in doubles (45) and triples (12) that year. When he hit .249 the following season and again topped the circuit in errors, it was attributed to an off year. As it turned out, 1966 was his last decent season.
Maury Wills Off and Running
Maury Wills committed 94 thefts in 1965, the second-most number of swipes in modern National League history at the time. He was caught a career-high 31 times that season.
Willie Horton Nets 104 RBI
Had Willie Horton not narrowly missed qualifying as a rookie in 1965, he would have been the hands-down winner of the American League frosh award. His 104 RBI ranked second and his 29 home runs placed third in the loop. In his 18-year career, Horton never led the junior loop in a single major offensive department.
Phenom Tony Conigliaro Clubs 32 HRs
In 1964, Tony Conigliaro set three major league batting records for teenage players and, in addition, five American League marks. When he became the youngest home run leader in history in 1965 with 32 dingers, he seemed destined to be one of the supreme sluggers of all time. Conigliaro instead joined Pete Reiser and Herb Score, two other potential greats who were cut down young by devastating injuries.
Satchel Paige is the oldest
man to ever pitch in a
major league game.
Satchel Paige sets age record
Setting a record for the oldest man ever to pitch in a major league game, at age 60 Satchel Paige held the Red Sox to one hit and no runs in a three-inning relief stint on September 25, 1965.
Jim Kaat Dips to 18-11 Mark
The Twins won the American League pennant easily in 1965, even though Jim Kaat and Camilo Pascual, its two best pitchers the previous year, won fewer games between them in '65. Kaat posted an 18-11 record with a 2.83 ERA; Pascual went 9-3 with a 3.35 ERA. Several other regulars had mediocre years.
Houston Astrodome Opens
The first stadium to feature artificial surface and sky cost $31.6 million to build. The coliseum was inaugurated on April 9, 1965, in an exhibition game between the Astros and the Yankees.
Maury Wills Scores in Dodger Blowout
The contest, a 7-0 Los Angeles victory, marked the third straight one-sided Dodger triumph in the Coliseum. Back at Metropolitan Stadium two days later, Los Angeles lost 5-1 to the Twins.
Sandy Koufax Stymies 1965 Twins
Sandy Koufax held the Twins to three hits in the seventh game of the 1965 World Series to bring the Dodgers the World Title. Koufax struck out ten hitters in his second Series shutout. No. 24 is Los Angeles manager Walter Alston.
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