1965 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1965 Los Angeles Dodgers
World Series Champions
National League champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Walter O'Malley
Manager(s) Walter Alston
Local television KTTV (11)
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Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett

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José García, Jaime Jarrín
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The 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers finished the regular-season with a 97–65 record, which earned them the NL pennant by two games over their arch-rivals, the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers went on to win the World Series in seven games over the Minnesota Twins.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Recap[edit]

The Dodgers won the World Series in 1963, but injuries and poor play saw them fall to 6th place in 1964. Despite their weak offense and the trade of power hitting Frank Howard for Claude Osteen during the off season, they were expected to contend in 1965 with their strong pitching. However, one month into the season, they lost their best hitter Tommy Davis when he fractured his ankle sliding into second base. Most experts thought this ended any hope the Dodgers had of winning the pennant. To replace Davis, the club called up journeyman Lou Johnson; his infectious cheerful attitude and knack for timely hitting helped keep the club in contention.

The National League pennant race was a thriller, with 6 teams (the Dodgers, Giants, Pirates, Reds, Braves, and Phillies) in contention throughout a summer that saw the Dodgers, Giants, Braves, and Reds all take their turns in first place. With these 6 teams tightly bunched heading into September, the Giants went on a 14 game winning streak to take a 4 1/2 game lead with two weeks to play. Then the Dodgers went on a 13 game winning streak, and won 14 of their last 15 games to win the pennant by 2 games over the Giants.

The Dodgers were led by shortstop Maury Wills with 94 stolen bases, Sandy Koufax (26-8, 2.04 E.R.A. and a then record 382 strikeouts), and Don Drysdale (23-12, 2.77 E.R.A.) Drysdale also chipped in with 7 home runs and was the club's only .300 hitter.

Season standings[edit]

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

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day starters
Name Position
Maury Wills Shortstop
Wes Parker First baseman
Willie Davis Center fielder
Tommy Davis Left fielder
Johnny Roseboro Catcher
Jim Lefebvre Second baseman
Ron Fairly Right fielder
John Kennedy Third baseman
Don Drysdale Starting pitcher

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1965 Los Angeles Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

1965 Game Log

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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

Other batters[edit]

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
Kennedy, JohnJohn Kennedy 104 105 18 .171 1 5
Smith, DickDick Smith 10 6 0 .000 0 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Koufax, SandySandy Koufax 43 335.2 26 8 2.04 382
Drysdale, DonDon Drysdale 44 308.1 23 12 2.77 210
Osteen, ClaudeClaude Osteen 40 287 15 15 2.79 162

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Willhite, NickNick Willhite 15 42 2 2 5.36 28
Kekich, MikeMike Kekich 5 10.1 0 1 9.58 9

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Miller, BobBob Miller 61 6 7 9 2.97 77
Brewer, JimJim Brewer 19 3 2 2 1.82 31

1965 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1965 World Series

Game 1[edit]

October 6, 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles (N) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 10 1
Minnesota (A) 0 1 6 0 0 1 0 0 x 8 10 0
W: Mudcat Grant (1–0)   L: Don Drysdale (0–1)
HR: LADRon Fairly (1)   MINDon Mincher (1), Zoilo Versalles (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 7, 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 3
Minnesota (A) 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 x 5 9 0
W: Jim Kaat (1–0)   L: Sandy Koufax (0–1)

Game 3[edit]

October 9, 1965 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Los Angeles (N) 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 x 4 10 1
W: Claude Osteen (1–0)  L: Camilo Pascual (0–1)

Game 4[edit]

October 10, 1965 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota (A) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 2
Los Angeles (N) 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 x 7 10 0
W: Don Drysdale (1–1)  L: Mudcat Grant (1–1)
HR: MINHarmon Killebrew (1), Tony Oliva (1)    LADWes Parker (1), Lou Johnson (1)

Game 5[edit]

October 11, 1965 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Los Angeles (N) 2 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 x 7 14 0
W: Sandy Koufax (1–1)  L: Jim Kaat (1–1)

Game 6[edit]

October 13, 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 1
Minnesota (A) 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 x 5 6 1
W: Mudcat Grant (2–1)   L: Claude Osteen (1–1)
HR: LADRon Fairly (2)   MINBob Allison (1), Mudcat Grant (1)

Game 7[edit]

October 14, 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles (N) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
Minnesota (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 '0 '3 1
W: Sandy Koufax (2–1)   L: Jim Kaat (1–2)
HR: LADLou Johnson (2)

Awards and honors[edit]

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax

All-Stars[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League Bill Brenzel
Duke Snider
Pete Reiser
AA Albuquerque Dodgers Texas League Roy Hartsfield
A Santa Barbara Dodgers California League Norm Sherry
A St. Petersburg Saints Florida State League George Scherger
A Salem Dodgers Northwest League Stan Wasiak
Rookie Pocatello Chiefs Pioneer League Tommy Lasorda

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Albuquerque

1965 Major League Baseball Draft[edit]

This was the first Major League Baseball Draft. The Dodgers drafted 30 players this year in the June draft and an additional 2 in the August Legion draft. The first player the Dodgers ever drafted was a shortstop from Bakersfield High School named John Wyatt. He played in the teams farm system through 1970 but never advanced past Class-A.

The most notable player drafted this year was Tom Seaver, who was picked in the 10th round from the University of Southern California, but he did not sign with the team and re-entered the draft the following year, where he was selected by the New York Mets.

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