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
When is scoring position not scoring position, Part 2. An older and wiser Willie Mays has clearly profited from his July 25, 1958 debacle vis-à-vis the rifle that hangs from the shoulder of Roberto Clemente. “They say that if you don’t get to Bob Veale early, you never will,” writes Giants beat writer Bob Stevens. “The Giants almost did in the 4th and some say third base coach Charlie Fox suffered from a flash of conservatism. Willie had singled into left and was wild-pitched to second. Jim Ray Hart struck out, looking. Willie McCovey popped to second base. Two out. Jesus Alou strung a line drive single into right field, a ball solidly hit. Fox stopped Mays after Willie had gone 15 feet down the third base line toward home. Willie went to his knees as he applied the brakes and had to scramble back on all fours to get back to the bag. Tom Haller struck out. If Fox had opened the gates and let Mays go, and if Willie had made it, the Giants would have won in nine innings. But I think Clemente’s throw would have eaten him up.” As does Mays himself: “The ball was hit too good and Clemente got it at his knees. I just couldn’t take a chance on Clemente’s arm.”
The A’s mascot Charlie-O the Mule, chosen to highlight the role the Missouri mules played in Allies victory in World War I by lugging ammunition and supplies through the mud and snow of France, makes his debut on Opening Night at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. In a pregame ceremony, Warren Hearnes, the governor of Missouri, presents the 1,400-pound animal to team owner Charlie O.Finley, who rides his namesake much to the delight of the 18,109 fans attending the game against the Tigers.
Richie Allen of the Philadelphia Phillies hits the first regular-season home run in the history of the Astrodome. Allen connects against Houston Astros pitcher Bob Bruce in the Phillies’ 2 – 0 victory. Previously, Mickey Mantle had hit the first overall home run in the Astrodome in an exhibition game between the Astros and the New York Yankees.