1965 November

3rd  Sandy Koufax is named Cy Young Award winner by a unanimous vote.

      Athletics P Lew Krausse enjoys one of the finest performances in winter league history, throwing a one-hitter for Caracas against Lara and establishing the following still unsurpassed marks: most strikeouts in a 9-inning game (21), most consecutive strikeouts (10), most strikeouts in 2 consecutive games (33).

4th  Al Lopez resigns as manager of the White Sox.

10th  Willie Mays is named NL MVP, receiving 224 votes to 177 for Sandy Koufax.

17th  Retired Air Force Lieutenant-General William Eckert is unanimously elected commissioner of baseball. The unknown 56-year-old is appointed to a seven-year term at $65,000 per year, succeeding Ford Frick who leaves office after 14 years. Owner Charlie Finley later exclaimed, “we wound up with a guy nobody knew, who knew nothing about sports. That’s when I began to realize I was sitting with a bunch of dummies” (quoted by Brian McKenna in his SABR biographical profile).

18th  Zoilo Versalles is named AL MVP. The Minnesota SS gets 275 votes to 174 for OF teammate Tony Oliva.

      Wes Westrum is named the Mets manager for 1966.

22nd  Baltimore OF Curt Blefary edges Angels P Marcelino Lopez for AL Rookie of the Year honors.

26th  Dodger 2B Jim Lefebvre is voted NL Rookie of the Year.

28th  Haywood Sullivan (54-82) resigns as A’s manager to become director of player personnel for the Red Sox. Alvin Dark replaces him.

29thThe Yankees trade Phil Linz to the Phillies for INF Ruben Amaro. Linz’s BA had decline in each of past 5 seasons.

30thThe Red Sox trade Ed Bressoud to the Mets for Joe Christopher. Bressoud will be the only former New York Giant to play for the Mets besides Willie Mays, who will close out his years there.