1965 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1965 throughout the world.


Major League Baseball[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax
American League National League
AVG Tony Oliva MIN .321 Roberto Clemente PIT .329
HR Tony Conigliaro BOS 32 Willie Mays SFG 52
RBI Rocky Colavito CLE 108 Deron Johnson CIN 119
Wins Mudcat Grant MIN 21 Sandy Koufax1 LAD 26
ERA Sam McDowell CLE 2.18   Sandy Koufax1 LAD 2.04  
SO Sam McDowell CLE 325 Sandy Koufax1 LAD 382
SV Ron Kline WSA 29 Ted Abernathy CHC 31
SB Bert Campaneris KCA 51 Maury Wills LAD 94

1Major League Triple Crown Pitching Winner

Major league baseball final standings[edit]



  • January 31 - Pitcher Pud Galvin is chosen for Hall of Fame induction by the Special Veterans Committee.
  • March 21 - At spring training, New York Mets pitchers Gary Kroll and Gordie Richardson combined for a nine-inning no-hitter during a 6–0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Petersburg.
  • April 9 - U. S. President Lyndon Johnson is on hand for an exhibition game between the New York Yankees and recently renamed Houston Astros. It is the first game to be played indoors at the new Harris County Domed Stadium, which will soon be called the Astrodome.
  • April 12 - The first official game at the Astrodome is played in front of over 43,000 fans, as they watch the Philadelphia Phillies defeat the host Astros, 2-0.
  • April 23 - Lindsey Nelson, broadcaster for the New York Mets, calls today's Mets-Astros game from a gondola suspended above second base in the Astrodome.


  • 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 pick up Nolan Ryan.
  • July 3 - The Minnesota Twins defeat the Kansas City Athletics 3-2. Coupled with a Cleveland Indians loss, the Twins move into a tie for first place. They gain sole possession of first place on July 5, and are in first by four games by the time they complete a nine-game winning streak on July 10. They do not relinquish their lead for the remainder of the season.
  • July 13 - At Minnesota's Metropolitan Stadium, 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 Chicago Cubs, none of whom score. Leo Cárdenas hits a home run out of Wrigley Field in the tenth inning for the game's only run; winning the no hitter for Maloney.
  • 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 first 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.
  • 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 person to have played for or managed all four of New York's Major League clubs.








  • January 5 - Dick Lundy, 66, All-Star shortstop and manager of the Negro Leagues
  • January 11 - Wally Pipp, 71, Yankee first baseman most known for losing his job to Lou Gehrig.
  • January 19 - Jim Joe Edwards, 70, pitcher for the Indians, White Sox and Reds from 1922 to 1928
  • January 26 - Bingo DeMoss, 75, second baseman of the Negro Leagues
  • February 8 - Ray Brown, 56, All-Star pitcher for the Negro Leagues' Homestead Grays
  • March 5 - Pepper Martin, 61, 4-time All-Star with the Cardinals who led the league in steals three times
  • March 6 - Wally Schang, 75, American League catcher for 19 seasons, including three world champions
  • March 9 - Frank Graham, 71, New York sportswriter for over 50 years.
  • May 13 - Dick Wantz, 25, California Angels pitcher, following surgery for brain cancer, who had made his debut only one month earlier, pitching one inning of relief in his only major league appearance.
  • May 29 - Mike McNally, 72, infielder for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Washington Senators from 1915 to 1925, and later a minor league manager and scout during almost two decades
  • August 21 - Bill Harris, 65, pitcher for the Reds, Pirates and Red Sox, who also tossed two no-hitters in the International League with the 1936 Buffalo Bisons
  • August 29 - Paul Waner, 62, Hall of Fame right fielder who won three batting titles and the NL's 1927 MVP award with the Pittsburgh Pirates, becoming the seventh player to make 3000 hits
  • September 22 - Biz Mackey, 68, 5-time All-Star catcher and manager of the Negro Leagues
  • September 30 - Jim Battle, 64, infielder who hit .375 in eight games for the 1927 Chicago White Sox
  • October 29 - Frank Fuller, 72, second baseman for the Detroit Tigers (1915–1916) and Boston Red Sox (1923)
  • October 29 - Bill McKechnie, 79, Hall of Fame manager who became the first person to lead three different teams to pennants: the Pirates (1925), Cardinals (1928), and Reds (1939–40), winning the World Series in 1925 and 1940
  • December 5 - Mary Dailey, 37, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League infielder/pitcher
  • December 9 - Branch Rickey, 83, executive who revolutionized the game first by establishing the farm system of player development, and again by signing Jackie Robinson to integrate the major leagues
  • December 19 - John Knight, 80, shortstop who spent 24 years in baseball, including major league stints with the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Americans, New York Highlanders/Yankees and Washington Senators