1965 October

1st The Dodgers finally lose as Denny LeMaster and the Braves stop them 2–0. The Giants fail to capitalize as they are bombed by the visiting Reds, 17–2, on 21 hits.

2nd  Sandy Koufax’s 2–1 win against the Braves clinches the NL pennant for the Dodgers. With 13 strikeouts, Koufax ups his modern ML single season record to 382. He leads the NL in wins (26), ERA (2.04), complete games (27), and innings pitched (33523).

Willie Mays sets a Giants record with his 52nd HR, as Ron Herbel beats the Reds 3–2. Johnny Mize had hit 51 for the Giants in 1947.

      At Forbes Field, Don Cardwell allows just one hit—a single by Cubs catcher Vic Roznovsky—in the Pirates 3-0 win.  It is the 18th one-hitter of the year in the majors, with a NL-record 13 coming in the senior circuit.

      Another Mets’ marathon twin bill features an 18-inning scoreless tie in which Philadelphia’s Chris Short (18–11) fans 18 batters in the 15 innings he pitches. Mets rookie Rob Gardner doesn’t come up short in his second start, throwing 15 innings, allowing just 5 hits while striking out 7. In ML history there has been one other 18-inning scoreless tie and a record 19-inning scoreless tie. New York loses the first game 6–0 to Jim Bunning (19–9), setting ML records with 27 scoreless innings and 31 strikeouts in an overtime twin bill. Bunning’s win is his 7th shutout of the year, the most by a Phillie pitcher since Alexander in 1918.

3rd  The Cubs tie a ML record with their 3rd triple play of the season—1B Ernie Banks to SS Don Kessinger—but Pittsburgh wins 6–3 at Forbes Field. Bill Faul is on the mound during each triple play. Submariner Ted Abernathy suffers the loss to Roy Face, but concludes a record season for appearances (84) and consecutive errorless games (84) for a pitcher. He has 31 saves.

      Knuckleballer Eddie Fisher of the White Sox sets an AL record with his 82nd appearance, one more than John Wyatt in 1964, as the Sox beat young Catfish Hunter and the A’s, 3–2.

      The Yanks win, 11-5, at Boston as Tony Kubek goes 3-for-4 and clouts a 9th inning homer off Dick Radatz in his final major league at bat. The 29-year-old will be diagnosed over the winter as having three crushed vertebrae, the result of a childhood football injury. He will quit rather than risk further injury,

      Six Dodgers pitchers, a ML shutout record, combine to blank the Braves, 3–0.

      “Sudden” Sam McDowell (17–11) loses a 2–1 decision to Baltimore’s Steve Barber, but the 22-year-old Tribe southpaw wraps up the AL lead in ERA (2.18) and strikeouts (325). Rocky Colavito plays his 162nd consecutive errorless game (274 chances), a ML season record.

      In a 6-3 loss to the Giants Vada Pinson collects a hit in his 27th straight game. This is the 2nd longest streak in Reds’ history. He’ll start the next season by hitting in his first four games.

4th  Dick Sisler is released as manager of the Reds.

      Boston trades P Bill Monbouquette to Detroit for OF George Thomas and IF George Smith.

6th  Minnesota’s 6-run 3rd inning routs Dodger Don Drysdale, subbing for Koufax, and sparks an 8–2 Twins win in the first game of the WS. Jim Grant gets the win allowing just one hit, a HR by Ron Fairly. Mincher and Versalles homer for the Twins. Koufax sits out the opener because it is the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

7th  Jim Kaat gives Minnesota a 2-0 WS lead by driving in 2 runs, defeating Sandy Koufax 5–1 at Metropolitan Stadium.

9th  Dodgers P Claude Osteen, 5-0 versus Minnesota while with the Senators, remains perfect against the Twins, winning 4–0 in game 3 at Chavez Ravine.

10th  In game 4 Don Drysdale evens the WS with a 5-hit 7–2 win. Wes Parker and Lou Johnson hit HRs, as the Dodgers beat Jim Grant.

11th  Sandy Koufax’s 4-hit, 7–0 win against the Twins puts Los Angeles one win from the championship. Maury Wills ties a WS record with 4 doubles and scores twice.

12th  Washington trades OF Woodie Held to Baltimore for C John Orsino.

Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Inc. applies for an AL franchise to replace the Braves.

13th  The Twins’ Mudcat Grant does it all himself, hitting a 3-run HR and pitching a 5–1 win at Minnesota to knot the WS with the Dodgers.

14th  Working on two days rest, Sandy Koufax pitches a 3-hitter and blanks Minnesota 2–0, giving the Dodgers a 2nd World Championship in 3 years. He is named WS MVP.

15th  Fritz Brickell, 30, dies in Wichita, Kansas. Brickell was in the starting lineup opening day for the 1961 expansion L.A. Angels.

19th  The Mets purchase C Jerry Grote from Houston.

      NBC wins a ML television package, including prime-time, All-Star, and WS games.

20th  St. Louis trades 3B Ken Boyer to the Mets for P Al Jackson and 3B Charlie Smith.

25th  Leo Durocher becomes manager of the Cubs, replacing head coach Lou Klein (48-58).

26th  Don Heffner is named manager of the Reds. Dick Sisler (89-73) is out.

27th  C Bob Uecker, 1B Bill White, and SS Dick Groat are traded by St. Louis to Philadelphia for P Art Mahaffey, OF Alex Johnson, and C Pat Corrales.