1965 California Angels season

1965 California Angels
Known as Los Angeles Angels until September 2, 1965
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Gene Autry
General manager(s) Fred Haney
Manager(s) Bill Rigney
Local television KTLA
Local radio KMPC
(Buddy Blattner, Don Wells, Steve Bailey)
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The 1965 California Angels season was the fifth year of play for the American Major League Baseball franchise. The 1965 Angels finished seventh in the American League with a record of 75 wins and 87 losses, putting them 27 games behind the AL Champion Minnesota Twins. It was also the final season for the franchise in the city of Los Angeles before moving to their new stadium in nearby Anaheim for the following season.

Midseason name change

The 1965 Angels are the only team in recent Major League Baseball history[1] to undergo an in-season name change.[2] The club began the season under its original identity, the Los Angeles Angels, but with the imminent move to Anaheim, owner Gene Autry changed the name of the team to the California Angels — effective immediately — on September 2, 1965 with only 28 games left in the season.

The name change was reflected in the Angels' new caps, on which an interlocking "CA" in fancy block letters replaced the former interlocking "LA". The new caps retained the distinctive white halo around the navy-blue crown. Because the team's home and road uniforms of the time simply read "ANGELS" across the shirtfront, they did not change.


Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Minnesota Twins10260.630--
Chicago White Sox9567.5867
Baltimore Orioles9468.5808
Detroit Tigers8973.54913
Cleveland Indians8775.53715
New York Yankees7785.47525
California Angels7587.46327
Washington Senators7092.43232
Boston Red Sox62100.38340
Kansas City Athletics59103.36443

Record vs. opponents

1965 American League Records

Baltimore 11–79–910–811–711–713–58–1013–58–10
Boston 7–114–148–106–1211–75–131–179–911–7
Chicago 9–914–410–89–913–512–67–118–1013–5
Cleveland 8–1010–88–109–99–99–911–712–611–7
Detroit 7–1112–69–99–913–510–88–1010–811–7
Kansas City 7–117–115–139–95–135–138–107–116–12
Los Angeles/California 5–1313–56–129–98–1013–59–96–126–12
Minnesota 10–817–111–77–1110–810–89–913–515–3
New York 5–139–910–86–128–1011–712–65–1311–7
Washington 10–87–115–137–117–1112–612–63–157–11

NOTE: The Los Angeles Angels changed their name to California Angels on September 2, 1965, with the season in progress.

Notable transactions


1965 California Angels
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1BJoe Adcock12234984.2411447
2BBobby Knoop142465125.269743
SSJim Fregosi161602167.2771564
LFWillie Smith136459120.2611457
CFJosé Cardenal134512128.2501157
RFAlbie Pearson122360100.278421

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Vic Power12419751.259120
Costen Shockley4010720.187217
Ed Kirkpatrick197319.26038
Bob Smith235713.22805
Phil Roof9223.13600
Jackie Hernández662.33301


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Fred Newman36260.214162.93109
Dean Chance36225.215103.15164
Marcelino López35215.114132.93122

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
George Brunet411979112.56141
Rudy May30124493.9276
Ken McBride822036.1411

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bob Lee6997231.9289
Aubrey Gatewood464503.4237
Ed Sukla252334.5015
Barry Latman181102.8418
Jim Coates172033.5415
Ron Piché140306.8614
Don Lee100106.4312

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Seattle Angels Pacific Coast League Bob Lemon
AA El Paso Sun Kings Texas League Chuck Tanner
A San Jose Bees California League Rocky Bridges
A Quad Cities Angels Midwest League Harry Dunlop and Ken Blackman
Rookie Idaho Falls Angels Pioneer League Fred Koenig


  1. United Press International (September 3, 1965). "Los Angeles Angels Now California Angels". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  2. Baseball Almanac
  3. 1 2 Phil Roof at Baseball-Reference
  4. Bo Belinsky at Baseball-Reference
  5. Bobby Gene Smith at Baseball-Reference
  6. Merritt Ranew at Baseball-Reference
  7. Joe Henderson at Baseball-Reference


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