1965 Milwaukee Braves season

1965 Milwaukee Braves
Major League affiliations
Record 86–76 (.531)
League place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) William Bartholomay (chairman)
General manager(s) John McHale
Manager(s) Bobby Bragan
Local television WSB-TV (Atlanta)
(Mel Allen, Ernie Johnson, Hank Morgan)
Local radio WEMP
(Merle Harmon, Blaine Walsh)
WSB (Atlanta)
(Mel Allen, Ernie Johnson, Hank Morgan)
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The 1965 Milwaukee Braves season was the 13th and final season for the franchise in Milwaukee along with the 95th season overall. The Braves finished the season with a 86–76 (.531) record, 11 games behind the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Braves were managed by Bobby Bragan and played their home games at County Stadium.

It was the thirteenth consecutive winning season for the Braves, who never had a losing season during their time in Milwaukee. The final home game was on September 22 and the season's home attendance sank to 555,584.[1] The franchise had attempted to move to Atlanta shortly after the 1964 season;[2][3] it was delayed a year,[4][5] and the team relocated for the 1966 season.

Milwaukee went four seasons without major league baseball (19661969); the expansion Seattle Pilots of the American League played just one season in 1969 and became the Milwaukee Brewers in April 1970.[6][7][8]


Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 9765 0.599 50–31 47–34
San Francisco Giants 9567 0.586 2 51–30 44–37
Pittsburgh Pirates 9072 0.556 7 49–32 41–40
Cincinnati Reds 8973 0.549 8 49–32 40–41
Milwaukee Braves 8676 0.531 11 44–37 42–39
Philadelphia Phillies 8576 0.528 11½ 45–35 40–41
St. Louis Cardinals 8081 0.497 16½ 42–39 38–42
Chicago Cubs 7290 0.444 25 40–41 32–49
Houston Astros 6597 0.401 32 36–45 29–52
New York Mets 50112 0.309 47 29–52 21–60

Record vs. opponents

1965 National League Records

Chicago 7–118–108–109–911–7–18–105–136–1210–8–1
Cincinnati 11–712–66–1212–611–713–58–106–1210–8
Houston 10–86–125–134–1414–46–128–103–159–9
Los Angeles 10–812–613–510–812–69–99–910–812–6
Milwaukee 9–96–1214–48–1013–56–129–910–811–7
New York 7–11–17–114–146–125–137–11–14–145–135–13
Philadelphia 10–85–1312–69–912–611–7–18–108–1010–7
Pittsburgh 13–510–810–89–99–914–410–811–7–14–14
San Francisco 12–612–615–38–108–1013–510–87–11–110–8
St. Louis 8–10–18–109–96–127–1113–57–1014–48–10

Notable transactions


1965 Milwaukee Braves
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
CJoe Torre148523152.2912780
1BFelipe Alou143555165.2972378
2BFrank Bolling148535141.264750
SSWoody Woodward11226555.208011
3BEddie Mathews156546137.2513295
LFRico Carty8327184.3101035
CFMack Jones143504132.2623175
RFHank Aaron150570181.3183289

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
Jesse Gonder31538.15115
Lee Maye155316.30227
Frank Thomas15337.21201
Gary Kolb24277.25901
Jim Beauchamp430.00000


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
Tony Cloninger4027924113.29211
Wade Blasingame38224.216103.77117
Ken Johnson29179.21383.21123

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
Hank Fischer31122.2893.8979

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
Dan Osinski610362.8254
Clay Carroll190114.4116
Chi-Chi Olivo80101.3811
Dave Eilers600012.271

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Atlanta Crackers International League Bill Adair
AA Austin Braves Texas League Buddy Hicks
A West Palm Beach Braves Florida State League Andy Pafko
A Yakima Braves Northwest League Hub Kittle
Rookie FRL Braves Florida Rookie League Paul Snyder


  1. Wolf, Bob (September 23, 1965). "Braves say farewell in 7-6 setback". Milwaukee Journal. p. 16, part 2.
  2. "Braves directors request transfer of club to Atlanta". Milwaukee Journal. October 21, 1964. p. 1, part 1.
  3. "Braves ask to move, County obtains writ". Milwaukee Sentinel. October 22, 1964. p. 1, part 1.
  4. "League orders Braves to stay here". Milwaukee Journal. November 7, 1964. p. 1, part 1.
  5. "Stay at home, Braves told". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. November 8, 1964. p. 7, sports.
  6. "Referee OKs Pilots sale, baseball to return here". Milwaukee Journal. April 1, 1970. p. 1, part 1.
  7. "We're big league again! Court OKs sale of Pilots". Milwaukee Journal. April 1, 1970. p. 1, part 1.
  8. "Shift all but done". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. April 2, 1970. p. 23.
  9. Phil Roof page at Baseball Reference
  10. Bobby Del Greco page at Baseball Reference
  11. Merritt Ranew page at Baseball Reference
  12. Lee Maye page at Baseball Reference
  13. Duffy Dyer page at Baseball Reference
  14. Jesse Gonder page at Baseball Reference
  15. Billy Cowan page at Baseball-Reference
  16. Frank Thomas page at Baseball Reference


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