1965 Major League Baseball season

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 on September 2, 1965 with only 28 games left in the season 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.

1965 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 12 – October 14, 1965
Top draft pickRick Monday
Picked byKansas City Athletics
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Zoilo Versalles (MIN)
NL: Willie Mays (SF)
AL championsMinnesota Twins
  AL runners-upChicago White Sox
NL championsLos Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-upSan Francisco Giants
World Series
ChampionsLos Angeles Dodgers
  Runners-upMinnesota Twins
Finals MVPSandy Koufax (LA)

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

Sandy Koufax
Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax
  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Tony Oliva MIN .321 Roberto Clemente PIT .329
HR Tony Conigliaro BOS 32 Willie Mays SF 52
RBI Rocky Colavito CLE 108 Deron Johnson CIN 130
Wins Mudcat Grant MIN 21 Sandy Koufax1 LA 26
ERA Sam McDowell CLE 2.18 Sandy Koufax1 LA 2.04
SO Sam McDowell CLE 325 Sandy Koufax1 LA 382
SV Ron Kline WSH 29 Ted Abernathy CHC 31
SB Bert Campaneris KC 51 Maury Wills LA 94

1 National League Triple Crown Pitching Winner

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   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
Club Wins Losses Win %   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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1965 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1965 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 3rd in the American League with a record of 94 wins and 68 losses.

1965 Boston Red Sox season

The 1965 Boston Red Sox season was the 65th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished ninth in the American League (AL) with a record of 62 wins and 100 losses, 40 games behind the AL champion Minnesota Twins, against whom the 1965 Red Sox lost 17 of 18 games. The team drew only 652,201 fans to Fenway Park, seventh in the ten-team league but the Red Sox' lowest turnstile count since 1945, the last year of World War II.

1965 California Angels season

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. In their fourth and last year as tenants at Chávez Ravine, the Angels drew only 566,727 fans, eighth in the ten-team Junior Circuit and almost two million fans fewer than their landlords, the Dodgers, who were en route to the 1965 world championship.

1965 Chicago Cubs season

The 1965 Chicago Cubs season was the 94th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 90th in the National League and the 50th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished eighth in the National League with a record of 72–90.

The 1965 Cubs tied a major league record by turning three triple plays. Bill Faul was on the mound on each occasion.

1965 Chicago White Sox season

The 1965 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 65th season in the major leagues, and its 66th season overall. They finished with a record 95–67, good enough for second place in the American League, 7 games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins.

1965 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1965 Cincinnati Reds season consisted of the Reds finishing in fourth place in the National League, with a record of 89–73, eight games behind the NL and World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Reds were managed by Dick Sisler and played their home games at Crosley Field.

1965 Cleveland Indians season

The 1965 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the American League with a record of 87–75, 15 games behind the Minnesota Twins. The Indians played .500 ball for the first 40 games, then eventually heated up going on a 10-game winning streak at one point improving their record to 37-24. They would peak at 46-28, but would cool off significantly after the all star break (going 41-47 the rest of the way) and would only spend six days in first place. Still, the Indians 87-75 record would be the best win-loss record they would post between 1959 and 1994. This season also marked the return of Rocky Colavito. This led to an increase in attendance (a season after the Indians almost left Cleveland, due to low attendance). The trade itself ended up being a disaster in the long run, even though it was successful short term (for one season). The Indians were the only team to win the regular season series vs the AL pennant winning Twins (who would lose to the Dodgers in 7 games in the 1965 World Series).

1965 Detroit Tigers season

The 1965 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the American League with a record of 89–73, 13 games behind the Minnesota Twins.

1965 Houston Astros season

The 1965 Houston Astros season was the franchise's first season in the Houston Astrodome, as well as its first season as the Astros after three seasons known as the Colt .45s. It involved the Houston Astros finishing in ninth place in the National League with a record of 65–97, 32 games behind the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros were managed by Lum Harris.

1965 Kansas City Athletics season

The 1965 Kansas City Athletics season was the eleventh for the franchise in Kansas City and the 65th in its overall history. It involved the A's finishing 10th in the American League with a record of 59 wins and 103 losses, 43 games behind the American League Champion Minnesota Twins. The paid attendance for the season was 528,344, the lowest in the major leagues (and the lowest ever by the A's in Kansas City). The club won 59 games, their worst showing since the A's moved to Kansas City.

1965 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1965 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 36th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was played on July 13, 1965, at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota. The game resulted in a 6–5 victory for the NL.

1965 Major League Baseball draft

The 1965 Major League Baseball Draft is the first year in which a draft took place for Major League Baseball. It was held on June 8–9 in New York City.In Major League Baseball's first Free Agent Amateur Draft, the Kansas City Athletics selected Arizona State sophomore Rick Monday as the number one pick. Kansas City also chose ten future major leaguers, including Sal Bando (6th round) and Gene Tenace (20th round), building the base for the Oakland Athletics' championship teams of the early 1970s.

A total of 813 players were selected. Some of the more significant picks were catcher Johnny Bench by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round, pitcher Nolan Ryan by the New York Mets in the twelfth round, and infielder Graig Nettles by the Minnesota Twins in the fourth round. The first player to reach the majors was pitcher Joe Coleman, the Washington Senators' first pick and third pick overall. Future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 10th round but did not sign and returned to the University of Southern California campus.

1965 Milwaukee Braves season

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. The franchise had attempted to move to Atlanta shortly after the 1964 season; it was delayed a year, and the team relocated for the 1966 season.

Milwaukee went four seasons without major league baseball (1966–1969); the expansion Seattle Pilots of the American League played just one season in 1969 and became the Milwaukee Brewers in April 1970.

1965 Minnesota Twins season

The 1965 Minnesota Twins won the 1965 American League pennant with a 102–60 record. It was the team's first pennant since moving to Minnesota, and the 102 wins was a team record.

1965 New York Mets season

The 1965 New York Mets season was the fourth regular season for the Mets. They went 50–112 and finished 10th in the NL. They were managed by Casey Stengel and Wes Westrum. They played home games at Shea Stadium. As WOR-TV, the team' television broadcaster, began to be broadcast on cable starting that year via microwave relay throughout much of the Northeastern United States, it made the Mets the first major league team to broadcast its games via satellite to viewers outside its home city. Home and away games were aired on cable to regional viewers in this part of the country.

1965 New York Yankees season

The 1965 New York Yankees season was the 63rd season for the Yankees in New York and their 65th overall. The team finished with a record of 77–85, finishing 25 games behind the Minnesota Twins. New York was managed by Johnny Keane.

This season marked the beginning of a transition for the Yankees before a resurgence in the mid 1970s. This was the first season since 1925 that they failed to finish either above the .500 mark or in the first division. They would bottom out in 1966, their first time doing so since 1912.

1965 San Francisco Giants season

The 1965 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 83rd year in Major League Baseball, their eighth year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their sixth at Candlestick Park. The team finished in second place in the National League with a 95–67 record, 2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1965 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1965 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 84th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 74th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 80–81 during the season and finished seventh in the National League, 16½ games behind the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. It was also the last full season for the original Busch Stadium.

1965 Washington Senators season

The 1965 Washington Senators season involved the Senators finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 70 wins and 92 losses.

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