Major League Baseball Season Recap 1965
World Series – Los Angeles Dodgers NL over Minnesota Twins AL 4 games to 3
World Series MVP – Sandy Koufax
Babe Ruth Award – Sandy Koufax
Major League Cy Young Award Sandy Koufax
MVP Awards –
NL Willie Mays
AL Zoilo Versalles
Major League Rookie of The Year –
NL Rookie of The Year – Jim Lefebvre
AL Rookie of The Year – Curt Blefary
All-Star Game – July 13th – N.L. 6 over A.L. 5, played at Metropolitan Stadium (AL)
AL Starter M. Pappas NL Starter J. Marichal+ MVP Juan Marical
1965 – New York broadcaster Lindsay Nelson calls the Mets’ 12-9 loss to Houston from the gondola at the top of the Astrodome, located 208 feet above second base . The umpires tell Met skipper Casey Stengel that any ball which might hit Nelson would still be considered in play. That doesn’t occur but a lot does as the two teams trade the lead. Bob Aspromonte’s bases-loaded single delivers the game-winner.
1965 – Two nights after manager Luman Harris had been ejected by umpire John Kibler, Bob Aspromonte is ejected by Kibler after a tag call at third base. Bill Giles, the Dome’s scoreboard operator, splashes the words “KIBLER DID IT AGAIN” on the big board. This led to an apology to the umpires and to Warren Giles, Bill’s father and president of the league. Pitcher Ron Herbel of the Giants also gets the first hit of his career after going oh-for-55 in the 8-1 San Francisco decision. Herbel retired with an .029 batting average in nine seasons.
1965 – The Astrodome appears on national television for the first time. Viewers of ABC’s Game Of The Week watch Willie Mays blast a mammoth shot into the center field tunnel as the Giants pummels the Astros, 10-1. Chris Schenkel and Leo Durocher are the announcers. In the untelevised nightcap of the day-night twinbill, Nellie Fox drives home Rusty Staub in the eighth for a 3-2 Houston victory. Joe Gaines homers.
1965 – Hard luck pitcher Ken Johnson loses his last game for Houston, 5-2 at the hands of the Giants, in typical fashion. Jim Ray Hart hits a three-run inside-the-park homer in the first inning when Jim Wynn fails to track the fly ball as it falls on the warning track behind him. Johnson is traded later that afternoon to Milwaukee for Lee Maye.