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1965 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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General manager(s)  Buzzie Bavasi
Local television  KTTV (11)
Manager(s)  Walter Alston
1965 Los Angeles Dodgers season
Owner(s)  Walter O'Malley, James & Dearie Mulvey
Local radio  KFI Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett KWKW José García, Jaime Jarrín

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.

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Offseason

  • October 15, 1964: Nick Willhite was purchased from the Dodgers by the Washington Senators.
  • October 15, 1964: Larry Miller was traded by the Dodgers to the New York Mets for Dick Smith.
  • November 30, 1964: Doug Camilli was purchased from the Dodgers by the Washington Senators.
  • December 4, 1964: Frank Howard, Phil Ortega, Pete Richert and a player to be named later were traded by the Dodgers to the Washington Senators for Claude Osteen, John Kennedy and cash. The Dodgers completed the deal by sending Dick Nen to the Senators on December 15.
  • Season Recap

    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.

    Notable transactions

  • May 11, 1965: Nick Willhite was purchased by the Dodgers from the Washington Senators.
  • December 15, 1965: Dick Tracewski was traded by the Dodgers to the Detroit Tigers for Phil Regan.
  • Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Starting pitchers

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

    Other pitchers

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

    Relief pitchers

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

    Game 1

    October 6, 1965, at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota

    Game 2

    October 7, 1965, at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota

    Game 3

    October 9, 1965, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Game 4

    October 10, 1965, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Game 5

    October 11, 1965, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Game 6

    October 13, 1965, at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota

    Game 7

    October 14, 1965, at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota

    Awards and honors

  • National League Cy Young Award
  • Sandy Koufax
  • National League Rookie of the Year
  • Jim Lefebvre
  • World Series Most Valuable Player
  • Sandy Koufax
  • Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  • Sandy Koufax
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year Award
  • Sandy Koufax
  • TSN Major League Player of the Year Award
  • Sandy Koufax
  • All-Stars

  • 1965 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
  • Maury Wills starter
  • Don Drysdale reserve
  • Sandy Koufax reserve
  • TSN National League All-Star
  • Sandy Koufax
  • Maury Wills
  • Farm system

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Albuquerque

    1965 Major League Baseball draft

    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.

    References

    1965 Los Angeles Dodgers season Wikipedia


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