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After a subpar 1964 campaign in which they finished tied for sixth in the senior circuit, the Los Angeles Dodgers returned to the top of the National League standings in 1965, compiling a record of 97-65 over the course of the regular season.  However, the Dodgers’ second pennant in three years didn’t come easy, as the San Francisco Giants battled them right down to the wire for the right to represent the National League in the World Series.  In fact, San Francisco led Los Angeles by 3 ½ games as late as September 17, before the Dodgers won 14 of their last 15 games to edge out the Giants by a mere two games.  The Pittsburgh Pirates finished third, seven games back, and the Cincinnati Reds came in fourth, eight games off the pace.

The Dodgers finished atop the N.L. standings in spite of their relatively weak offense.  While the fourth-place Reds scored a league-leading 825 runs, the Dodgers finished just eighth in the senior circuit with 608 runs scored.  Maury Wills was the only member of the team who placed among the league leaders in any major offensive category.  The Dodger shortstop batted .286, scored 92 runs, collected 186 hits, and topped the circuit with 94 steals.

The success of the Dodgers could be attributed primarily to their pitching staff, which posted a league-leading 2.81 team ERA.  Claude Osteen won 15 games and compiled an ERA of 2.79.  Ace reliever Ron Perranoski saved 17 games and won six others.  The heart and soul of the team remained the formidable mound duo of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, which posted 49 of the club’s 97 victories.  Drysdale finished the campaign with a record of 23-12, a 2.77 ERA, 210 strikeouts, 308 innings pitched, and 20 complete games.  The numbers Koufax compiled were simply mind-boggling.  The brilliant left-hander led all National League hurlers with a record of 26-8, a 2.04 ERA, 382 strikeouts, 335 innings pitched, and 27 complete games.  He also finished second in the league with eight shutouts, en route to earning Cy Young honors and a second-place finish in the league MVP voting.   

Koufax continued to perform magnificently against the Minnesota Twins in the World Series, throwing two shutouts, including a 2-0, three-hitter on just two days’ rest in Game Seven that clinched the world championship for the Dodgers.  Koufax was appropriately named MVP of the Fall Classic.

Although the Dodgers represented the senior circuit in the World Series, both the second-place Giants and fourth-place Reds had significantly better offenses.  In addition to leading the league in runs scored, the Reds compiled a league-best .273 team batting average.  Frank Robinson and Deron Johnson provided much of the power in the middle of Cincinnati’s batting order.  Robinson hit 33 home runs, knocked in 113 runs, scored another 109, and batted .296.  Johnson hit 32 homers and led the league with 130 runs batted in.  Meanwhile, Tommy Harper and Pete Rose served as the team’s table-setters at the top of the lineup.  Harper stole 35 bases and led the league with 126 runs scored.  Rose batted .312, scored 117 runs, and topped the circuit with 209 hits.     
     
San Francisco’s lineup featured two of the league’s top sluggers in Willie McCovey and Willie Mays, who combined to hit 91 home runs.  McCovey finished second in the N.L. with 39 homers, knocked in 92 runs, and scored 93 others.  Mays earned league MVP honors by topping the circuit with 52 home runs, 360 total bases, a .399 on-base percentage, and a .645 slugging percentage.  He also placed among the leaders with 112 runs batted in, 118 runs scored, and a .317 batting average.  Jim Ray Hart gave the Giants a third big bat, hitting 23 homers, driving in 96 runs, and batting .299.  Meanwhile, Juan Marichal anchored San Francisco’s pitching staff, compiling a record of 22-13 and an ERA of 2.13, striking out 240 batters, throwing 295 innings and 24 complete games, and leading the league with 10 shutouts.

Yet, Marichal’s outstanding performance over the course of the regular season was overshadowed somewhat by his unfortunate encounter with Dodger catcher John Roseboro during a game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on August 22.  Read about this incident, other notable events from around the league, and some of the senior circuit’s most outstanding individual performances in the following section:

• The first indoor stadium, the Astrodome, opened on April 9, with the Houston Astros facing the Yankees in an exhibition game.

• April 12 – The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Astros 2-0 in front of 43,000 fans in the first regular-season game played at Houston’s Astrodome.

• July 13 - At Minnesota's Metropolitan Stadium, Willie Mays hit a home run, walked twice, and scored two runs, to lead the National League to a 6–5 All-Star Game victory over the American League.  Juan Marichal earned Game MVP honors by pitching three scoreless innings.

• August 22 - A game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park turned ugly when mounting tensions between the two clubs resulted in a violent altercation between Giants pitcher Juan Marichal and Dodger catcher John Roseboro.  With Marichal batting against Sandy Koufax in the third inning, Roseboro returned Koufax’s offering to him on the mound by whizzing the ball past Marichal’s ear.  The San Francisco pitcher responded by attacking Roseboro with his bat, opening up a huge gash on the catcher’s forehead.  Both benches subsequently cleared and a 14-minute brawl ensued, before peacemakers such as Koufax and the Giants' Willie Mays restored order.  A shaken up Koufax then surrendered a three-run homer to Mays, leading to a 4-3 San Francisco victory.  National League president Warren Giles ended up suspending Marichal for eight games and fining him $1,750.  Giles also did not permit Marichal to travel with his team to Dodger Stadium for the final series of the season against the Dodgers.

• August 30 - Casey Stengel announced his retirement as manager of the New York Mets, ending a 55 year career as player and manager.

• September 2 - Ernie Banks hit his 400th career home run during a 5-3 Cubs victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

• September 13 - Willie Mays hit 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.

• September 22 - The Braves played their final game in Milwaukee, losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6.

• Sandy Koufax struck out 29 Minnesota Twins in his three World Series starts.

• Ron Fairly of Los Angeles led all World Series hitters with a .379 batting average, 11 hits, and six runs batted in.

• Sandy Koufax’s 382 strikeouts established a new major league record.

• Jim Maloney of the Reds pitched a no-hitter for 10 innings against the Mets on June 14, but ended up losing the contest in 14 innings.

• Maloney won a 1-0, 10-inning no hitter against the Chicago Cubs on August 19.

• Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game in defeating the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on September 9.  The perfecto was the fourth no-hitter of his career.  

• Ted Abernathy's 31 saves for the Cubs established a new major league record.  Abernathy also set a new major league record by appearing in 84 games as a pitcher.

• The Chicago Cubs hired Leo Durocher to be their new manager.

• Jim Lefebvre of Los Angeles captured N.L. Rookie of the Year honors.
 
• The Braves’ lineup featured six players with 20 or more homers.

• The Dodgers featured the first all-switch-hitting infield in major league history: Wes Parker, Jim Lefebvre, Maury Wills, and Jim Gilliam.

• Roberto Clemente won his second consecutive batting title with a mark of .329.  

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
CHN 2194 5540 635 1316 590 .171 202 33 134 65 47 1986 .289 .246 .574 115 42 48
CIN 1992 5658 825 1544 776 .171 268 61 183 82 40 2483 .317 .260 .628 120 36 73
HOU 1976 5483 569 1299 523 .156 188 42 97 90 37 1862 .260 .212 .517 125 34 57
LAN 2016 5425 608 1329 548 .205 193 32 78 172 77 1820 .336 .257 .619 79 35 103
ML1 2159 5542 708 1419 664 .182 243 28 196 64 37 2306 .259 .272 .549 121 32 58
NYN 2325 5441 495 1202 460 .179 203 27 107 28 42 1780 .267 .243 .551 121 28 76
PHI 2136 5528 654 1380 608 .183 205 53 144 46 32 2123 .302 .261 .624 115 39 75
PIT 2088 5686 675 1506 631 .194 217 57 111 51 38 2170 .312 .252 .635 138 42 67
SFN 2157 5495 682 1384 623 .186 169 43 159 47 27 2116 .305 .256 .583 149 37 80
SLN 2084 5579 707 1415 645 .189 234 46 109 100 52 2068 .285 .262 .581 98 41 72

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
CHN 456 72 90 1472 855 481 6263 1470 154 65.220 618 723 33 8 35 51 2
CIN 406 89 73 1457 1113 587 6230 1355 136 51.690 629 704 43 9 34 83 4
HOU 418 65 97 1461 931 388 6160 1459 123 96.810 624 711 29 7 26 53 4
LAN 364 97 65 1476 1079 425 6018 1223 127 42.870 461 521 58 17 34 51 1
ML1 428 86 76 1449 966 541 6099 1336 123 59.570 566 633 43 4 38 68 1
NYN 465 50 112 1454 776 498 6232 1462 147 76.920 656 752 29 6 14 53 7
PHI 408 85 76 1469 1071 466 6225 1426 116 68.830 576 667 50 16 21 42 1
PIT 409 90 72 1478 882 469 6115 1324 89 40.530 495 580 49 16 27 53 0
SFN 425 95 67 1465 1060 408 6090 1325 137 93.550 521 593 42 11 42 49 3
SLN 423 80 81 1460 916 467 6168 1414 166 55.210 612 674 40 9 35 47 2

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
CHN 2519 7555 5326 2030 199 .944 17663 77 49 1.00 14
CIN 2325 7022 5328 1564 130 .975 17486 91 47 0 15
HOU 2343 7349 5343 1799 207 .966 17538 70 40 0 25
LAN 2403 7324 5335 1832 157 .969 17711 53 34 0 9
ML1 2590 7220 5290 1768 162 .970 17378 80 51 1.00 28
NYN 2683 7507 5327 1981 199 .959 17454 93 52 1.00 19
PHI 2593 7314 5333 1806 175 .962 17624 73 56 1.00 21
PIT 2500 7566 5364 2018 184 .970 17747 51 31 1.00 12
SFN 2545 7234 5330 1737 167 .960 17581 65 30 1.00 26
SLN 2442 7309 5380 1772 157 .955 17534 84 31 0 23

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1965 World Series, Astrodome, Casey Stengel, Claude Osteen, Deron Johnson, Don Drysdale, Don Nottebart, Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Jim Gilliam, Jim Lefebvre, Jim Maloney, Jim Ray Hart, Johnny Roseboro, Juan Marichal, Leo Durocher, Los Angeles Dodgers, Maury Wills, Pete Rose, Roberto Clemente, Ron Fairly, Ron Perranoski, San Francisco Giants, Sandy Koufax, Ted Abernathy, Tommy Harper, Warren Giles, Wes Parker, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey

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