Year In Review : 1965 American League

Off the field...

Controversial civil rights activist Malcolm Little, also known as "Malcolm X", was assassinated while delivering a speech at the OAAU rally in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem on February 21st. The Islamic minister had become an inspirational leader along side Dr. Martin Luther King after breaking ties with the Nation of Islam in order to create his own religious community known as Muslim Mosque, Inc., and later the Organization of Afro-American Unity.

A routine traffic stop and arrest for drunk driving in South Central Los Angeles lit the fire for what would become known as the Watts Riots. In response to the police action, many residents accused the law of practicing racial bias and erupted violently for six days leaving thirty-four dead, over a thousand people injured, nearly four-thousand arrested, and hundreds of buildings destroyed.

Construction on the nation's tallest memorial, the Gateway Arch, was finally completed after a four-year span. The six-hundred thirty feet high, stainless steel structure was originally designed by architect Eero Saarinen in 1947 for the Expansion Memorial Park which was established on the banks of the Mississippi River to commemorate the westward growth of the United States.

In the American League...

New York Yankees ace Mel Stottlemyre became the first pitcher in fifty-five years to hit an inside-the-park home run during a 6-3 win over their American League rivals, the Boston Red Sox, on July 20th.

Bert Campanaris, of the Kansas City Athletics, set an unprecedented Major League record by playing all nine positions during a September 8th outing against the California Angels. Campanaris allowed just one run (on a hit) and two walks while on the mound, but went 0-for-3 at the plate. Despite the "one man show" the Angels went on to win it, 5-3 after thirteen innings.

Shortstop Ron Hanson of the Chicago White Sox tied a Major League record with twenty-eight fielding chances during a double-header against the Boston Red Sox. Hanson handled eighteen shots in the first contest, setting an American League record, and ten more in the nightcap. Chicago, like their shortstop, came out on top in both games with matching 3-2 victories.

In the National League...

On April 9th, the $31 million dollar, ultramodern indoor ballpark known as the "Astrodome" debuted with an exhibition game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. President Lyndon B. Johnson and Texas Governor John Connally were among the 47,000+ plus fans who witnessed the first ever, indoor home run courtesy of Mickey Mantle.

Chicago "Cubbie" Ernie Banks slugged his four-hundredth career homer during a 5-3 triumph over Curt Simmons and the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

San Francisco slugger Willie Mays became the fifth member of the ultra-exclusive "500 Homerun Club" after paying the membership dues off Don Nottebart during a 5-1 Giants victory over the Houston Astros at the Astrodome.

Around the League...

Baseball's first free-agent draft was held at the Hotel Commodore in New York City resulting in three-hundred twenty players being selected by twenty Major League teams. It was later determined that the draft would continue to take place every June and January with teams selecting prospects in the reverse order of the league standings.

One of baseball's greatest left-handed aces, Warren Spahn announced his retirement after an amazing twenty-one seasons. Spahn walked away from the game with a 363-245 career record and a lifetime ERA of 3.09. He also ranked as number six on the all-time list with sixty-three shutouts and thirteen, twenty-win seasons.

On December 9th, Branch Rickey, the man who helped Jackie Robinson break through baseball's color barrier by signing him with the Brooklyn Dodgers, died at the age of eighty-three.

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Sandy Koufax became the first two-time recipient of the Cy Young Award. Unfortunately, he would manage only one more season (where he became the first three-time recipient) before retiring with an astounding 165-87 record over a twelve year period.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I again find myself humbled and somewhat overwhelmed by the events unfolding in front of us." - Al Kaline

1965 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Cleveland
93
Batting Average
Minnesota
.321
Doubles
Minnesota
45
Boston
Hits
Minnesota
185
Home Runs
Boston
32
On Base Percentage
Boston
.398
RBI
Cleveland
108
Runs
Minnesota
126
Slugging Average
Boston
.536
Stolen Bases
Kansas City
51
Total Bases
Minnesota
308
Triples
Kansas City
12
Minnesota

1965 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
New York
18
ERA
Cleveland
2.18
Games
Chicago
82
Saves
Washington
29
Shutouts
Minnesota
6
Strikeouts
Cleveland
325
Winning Percentage
Minnesota
.750
Wins
Minnesota
21

1965 American League

Team Standings

Minnesota Twins 102 60 .630 0
Chicago White Sox 95 67 .586 7
Baltimore Orioles 94 68 .580 8
Detroit Tigers 89 73 .549 13
Cleveland Indians 87 75 .537 15
New York Yankees 77 85 .475 25
California Angels 75 87 .463 27
Washington Senators 70 92 .432 32
Boston Red Sox 62 100 .383 40
Kansas City Athletics 59 103 .364 43

1965 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Boston
607
Batting Average
Minnesota
.254
Doubles
Minnesota
257
Hits
Minnesota
1,396
Home Runs
Boston
165
On Base Percentage
Boston
.329
Runs
Minnesota
774
Slugging Average
Boston
.400
Stolen Bases
Kansas City
110
Triples
Kansas City
59

1965 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Detroit
45
ERA
Baltimore
2.98
Fewest Hits Allowed
Cleveland
1,254
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
California
91
Fewest Walks Allowed
Chicago
460
Saves
Chicago
53
Shutouts
Baltimore
15
Strikeouts
Cleveland
1,156
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baseball almanac fast facts

On June 20, 1965, Tigers superstar Al Kaline hit a single and drove in two runs versus the Athletics. Kaline helped his team overcome an eight run deficit, but he will remember this day more as the game in which he had career RBI number one-thousand.

On September 8, 1965, Bert Campaneris of the Athletics became the first player in Major League history to play all nine positions during a game.

On September 16, 1965, Dave Morehead of the Boston Red Sox tossed a 2-0 no-hitter versus the Cleveland Indians. Morehead came within one walk ( Rocky Colavito ) of a perfect game ! But, did you know that following the game team owners fired General Manager Pinky Higgins and replaced him with Dick O'Connell?

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