1965 Baseball Season Highlights
The 1965 baseball season featured the Los Angeles Dodgers reviving their victories of 1963 while the Yankees virtually fall off the map. The Dodgers eventually took the 1965 World Series against the Twins in seven games. Below, you will find the highlights from the 1965 baseball season:
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- The Dodgers win the 1965 National League flag by 2 games over Giants.
- The Twins take the franchise's first American League flag since 1933.
- LA wins the 1965 World Series in seven games after dropping first two contests in Minnesota.
- Sandy Koufax wins two CG shutouts in the 1965 World Series, including a crucial seventh game 2-0 over Jim Kaat.
Walter Alston, manager
of the LA Dodgers, wins
his fourth World Series.
- LA manager Walter Alston wins a National League record fourth World Series.
- Sandy Koufax fans 29 Twins in three games of the 1965 World Series.
- Ron Fairly of LA leads all 1965 World Series hitters with .379 BA, 11 hits, and six RBI.
- Mudcat Grant wins two games for the Twins in the 1965 World Series.
- Willie Mays is named 1965 National League MVP.
- Minnesota's Zoilo Versalles is chosen as the 1965 American League MVP over teammate Tony Oliva.
- Willy Mays leads the majors in homers (52), total bases (360), SA (.645), and OBP (.399).
- For the second time, Sandy Koufax is the unanimous choice for Cy Young, as he Ks 382 to set a new major league record.
- Koufax tops the majors with 26 wins, 336 innings, 27 CGs, and 2.04 ERA.
- The majors adopt an annual free agent (rookie) draft.
- Minnesota wins 102 games after winning 79 the year before.
- Jim Maloney of the Reds pitches a no-hitter for ten innings over the Mets on June 14, but loses in 14 innings.
- Pittsburgh's Bob Veale tops the majors with 250 Ks.
- Jim Maloney has to go ten hitless innings to win a no-hitter, 1-0 over Chicago on August 19.
- The National League wins the All-Star Game 6-5 in Minnesota, and for the first time takes the lead in All-Star victories.
- At 60, Satchel Paige becomes the oldest man to play in a major league game when he hurls three scoreless innings for KC vs. Boston on Sept. 25.
- Sandy Koufax pitches a perfect game and his major league record fourth no-hitter in four years, beating Chicago 1-0 on Sept. 9.
- The first indoor stadium, the Astrodome, opens on April 9 -- Houston vs. Yankees in an exhibition game.
- The Mets lose 112 games for a four-year major league record of 452 losses.
- Bert Campaneris plays all nine positions for the A's on Sept. 8.
- Spike Eckert replaces Ford Frick as baseball's commissioner.
- Jerry Kindall leaves the majors with a .213 career BA, the lowest in the 20th Century by an infielder or outfielder.
- Ted Abernathy's 31 saves for Cubs set a new major league record.
- Dave Morehead of Boston no-hits Cleveland on September 16.
- Tony Oliva again leads the American League in batting (.321), and also leads in hits (185) and runs produced (189).
- Carl Yastrzemski tops the American League in OBP (.398) and SA (.536), and ties for the lead in doubles (45).
- Boston's Tony Conigliaro leads the American League with 32 homers, and at 20 is the youngest ever to win a league homer crown.
- Zolio Versalles tops the American League in runs (126) and total bases (308), and ties for the lead in doubles (45) and triples (12).
- Cleveland's Sam McDowell leads the American League in ERA (2.18) and sets a new American League southpaw record for Ks (325).
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- 1964 Baseball Season
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- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
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