1965 Major League Baseball season

1965 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 12 – October 14, 1965
Top draft pick Rick Monday
Picked by Kansas City Athletics
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Zoilo Versalles (MIN)
NL: Willie Mays (SAN)
AL champions Minnesota Twins
  AL runners-up Chicago White Sox
NL champions Los Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-up San Francisco Giants
World Series
Champions Los Angeles Dodgers
  Runners-up Minnesota Twins
Finals MVP Sandy Koufax (LOS)

In the 1965 Major League Baseball season which was contested from April 12 to October 14, 1965, the Houston Colt .45s became the Astros, as they moved from Colt Stadium to the new Astrodome, becoming the first team to play their home games indoors, rather than outdoors. It was also the final season for the Braves in Milwaukee, before relocating to Atlanta for the 1966 season. The Los Angeles Angels officially changed their name to California Angels in advance of their pending 1966 move to a new stadium in Anaheim.

In the World Series, the Dodgers beat the Minnesota Twins in seven games.

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

 American LeagueNational League
AVGTony Oliva MIN.321Roberto Clemente PIT.329
HRTony Conigliaro BOS32Willie Mays SFG52
RBIRocky Colavito CLE108Deron Johnson CIN130
WinsMudcat Grant MIN21Sandy Koufax1 LAD26
ERASam McDowell CLE2.18Sandy Koufax1 LAD2.04
SOSam McDowell CLE325Sandy Koufax1 LAD382
SVRon Kline WSA29Ted Abernathy CHC31
SBBert Campaneris KCA51Maury Wills LAD94

1 National League Triple Crown Pitching Winner

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
ClubWinsLossesWin %  GB
Minnesota Twins 102 60 .630
Chicago White Sox 95 67 .586 7
Baltimore Orioles 94 68 .580 8
Detroit Tigers 89 73 .549 13
Cleveland Indians 87 75 .537 15
New York Yankees 77 85 .475 25
California Angels 75 87 .463 27
Washington Senators 70 92 .432 32
Boston Red Sox 62 100 .383 40
Kansas City Athletics 59 103 .364 43

National League final standings

National League
ClubWinsLossesWin %  GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 97 65 .599
San Francisco Giants 95 67 .586 2
Pittsburgh Pirates 90 72 .556 7
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 .549 8
Milwaukee Braves 86 76 .531 11
Philadelphia Phillies 85 76 .528 11.5
St. Louis Cardinals 80 81 .497 16.5
Chicago Cubs 72 90 .444 25
Houston Astros 65 97 .401 32
New York Mets 50 112 .309 47


American League

Team Manager Comments
Baltimore Orioles Hank Bauer
Boston Red Sox Billy Herman
California Angels Bill Rigney
Chicago White Sox Al López
Cleveland Indians Birdie Tebbetts
Detroit Tigers Chuck Dressen Replaced temporarily by Bob Swift while recovering from a heart attack
Kansas City Athletics Mel McGaha Replaced during the season by Haywood Sullivan
Minnesota Twins Sam Mele Won the American League pennant
New York Yankees Johnny Keane
Washington Senators Gil Hodges

National League

Team Manager Comments
Chicago Cubs College of Coaches Head Coach was Bob Kennedy
Cincinnati Reds Dick Sisler
Houston Astros Lum Harris
Los Angeles Dodgers Walter Alston Won the World Series
Milwaukee Braves Bobby Bragan
New York Mets Casey Stengel Replaced during the season by Wes Westrum
Philadelphia Phillies Gene Mauch
Pittsburgh Pirates Harry Walker
San Francisco Giants Herman Franks
St. Louis Cardinals Red Schoendienst




  • June 8 – The first Major League draft is held for high school and collegiate players. The Kansas City Athletics use the first overall pick to draft Rick Monday. In the tenth round, the New York Mets select Alvin, Texas high school pitcher Nolan Ryan.
  • July 13 – At Minnesota, Willie Mays hits a home run with two walks and two runs to pace the National League to a 6–5 All-Star Game victory over the American League. Juan Marichal pitches three scoreless innings to earn Game MVP.
  • August 19 – Jim Maloney walks ten Cubs, none of whom score. Leo Cárdenas hits a home run off of the Wrigley Field's left field foul pole in the tenth inning for the game's only run; winning the no hitter for Maloney. It was Maloney's second 10 inning no-hitter of the season; he lost the first one 1–0 when the Mets scored a run on two hits in the bottom of the 11th inning.
  • August 22 – A game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park turns ugly when San Francisco's starting pitcher, Juan Marichal, batting against Sandy Koufax in the third inning, attacks Dodgers catcher John Roseboro with his bat. Both benches clear and a 14-minute brawl ensues, before peacemakers such as Koufax and the Giants' Willie Mays restore order. A shaken up Koufax then gives up a 3 run homer to Mays and the Giants win 4–3 to retake 1st place. National League president Warren Giles suspends Marichal for eight games and fines him $1,750, and also forbids him to travel with his team to Dodger Stadium for the final series of the season against the Dodgers. Although the Giants take both games during a 14-game winning streak, the Dodgers would go on to win the pennant, using a 13-game winning streak of their own to clinch the pennant over the rival Giants on the season's next to last day.
  • August 30 – Casey Stengel announces his retirement as manager of the New York Mets, ending a fifty-five-year career as player and manager. He is the only man to have played for or managed all four of New York's Major League clubs.


  • September 2 – Ernie Banks hits his 400th career home run helping the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5–3.
  • September 9 – At Dodger Stadium, a duel between the Los Angeles Dodgers' Sandy Koufax and Bob Hendley of the Chicago Cubs is perfect until Dodger left fielder Lou Johnson walks in the fifth inning. Following a sacrifice bunt, Johnson steals third base and scores on a throwing error by Cubs catcher Chris Krug. Johnson later has the game's only hit, a 7th-inning double. Koufax's fourth no-hitter in four years is a perfect game, the first in Dodgers history. One hit by two clubs in a completed nine-inning game is also a major league record, as is the one runner left on base. The two base runners in a game is an ML record. For Chicago pitchers, it is the second one-hitter they've thrown against the Dodgers this year and lost. A week later in the rematch in Chicago's Wrigley Field, Hendley beats Koufax and the Dodgers, 2–1.
  • September 13 – The San Francisco Giants' Willie Mays' hits his 500th home run off the Houston Astros' Don Nottebart, and Juan Marichal earned his 22nd victory as the Giants beat Houston 5–1 at the Astrodome. The win is the Giants' 11th straight and gives them a two and a half game lead.
  • September 16 – On the same day Pinky Higgins is fired as Boston Red Sox general manager, Dave Morehead no-hits the Cleveland Indians 2–0 before only 1,247 fans at Fenway Park. Not until Hideo Nomo in 2001 will another Red Sox pitcher hurl a no-hitter, and the next Fenway Park no-hitter won't come until 2002 (Derek Lowe).
  • September 18 – "Mickey Mantle Day" is celebrated at Yankee Stadium on the occasion of Mantle's 2,000th career game (all with the Yankees).
  • September 25 – Though he had not pitched in the Major Leagues since 1953, the Kansas City Athletics send Satchel Paige to the mound. At (approximately) 59 years old, he is the oldest pitcher in Major League history. In three innings, he strikes out one, and gives up one hit, a single to Carl Yastrzemski. Paige does not earn a decision in the loss to Boston, 5–2.
  • September 26 – The Minnesota Twins gain their first American League pennant since moving from Washington in 1961, ironically by defeating the expansion Washington Senators 2–1 at Washington's D.C. Stadium (which was renamed "Robert F. Kennedy Stadium" in 1969). Minnesota's Jim Kaat (17–11) wins the clincher.
  • October 2 – Sandy Koufax wins his 26th game as the Dodgers beat the Braves 3–1, for their 14th win in their last 15 games as they clinch the N.L. pennant.
  • October 7 – Jim Kaat gives Minnesota a 2–0 World Series lead by driving in two runs, defeating Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers 5–1 at Minnesota's Metropolitan Stadium. The game is remembered for Minnesota's Bob Allison remarkable sliding catch of a Jim Lefebvre line drive in the wet grass of Metropolitan Stadium.
  • October 14 – Working on two days rest, Sandy Koufax strikes out 10 and throws a three-hit, 2–0 shutout against the Minnesota Twins in Game Seven of the World Series, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a second World Championship in three years. Lou Johnson's 4th inning leadoff home run off the left field foul pole gives Koufax the only run he'll need. A Ron Fairly double and Wes Parker single in the same inning add an insurance run to account for the 2–0 final. Koufax, who threw complete game shutouts in games 5 and 7, is named Series MVP.
  • November 22 – Outfielder Curt Blefary of the Baltimore Orioles edges California Angels pitcher Marcelino López for American League Rookie of the Year honors.
  • November 26 – Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Jim Lefebvre, who hit .250 with 12 home runs and 69 RBI, is voted National League Rookie of the Year over Houston Astros second baseman Joe Morgan (.271, 14, 40) and San Francisco Giants pitcher Frank Linzy (9–3, 43 strikeouts, 1.43 ERA).
  • December 9 – Cincinnati Reds Outfielder Frank Robinson is traded to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Milt Pappas, pitcher Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson. Robinson would go on to win the Triple Crown and the Most Valuable Player in the American League for 1966.

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