1965 September

1st  Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale lose as the Pirates sweep the Dodgers in a doubleheader, 3–2 and 2–1, at Pittsburgh. The Pirates are now in 5th place, just 2 1/2 games out of first place.

      Cincinnati sweeps the Braves, 7–6 and 2–0, to regain first place, while the Giants and Phils are rained out. Jim Maloney strikes out 12 in tossing the shutout for the Reds.

2nd  The Cubs beat St. Louis, 5–3, at Wrigley Field, as Ernie Banks hits his 400th home run, a three-run shot off Curt Simmons, in the 3rd. Simmons teed up the 400th HR of Willie Mays in 1963. Banks will end the season with 28 HRs and 106 RBI. Ron Santo and Billy Williams will also knock in over 100 runs, the only team this year with 3 such sluggers, but the Cubs will finish 8th.

      The Dodgers Claude Osteen tops the Pirates, 7–1, beating 14-game winner Bob Veale. The Bucs will next lose a pair to the Braves to drop Pittsburgh from the race.

      Mantle hits a 1st inning homer with 2 on as New York scores 5 runs on their way to an 8–1 win over the Angels.  Whitey Ford is the winner.

      The Tigers beat the Twins, 5-4, as Don Wert drives in 4 runs.  Detroit hands a golden sombrero to Bob Allison, who strikes out 5 times, all against Joe Sparma.

3rd  Preparing a move to Anaheim, the Angels change their name from Los Angeles to California.

      The Mets top the Cards 6–3 behind the slugging of Jim Hickman, who cranks 3 home runs off Birds’ pitcher Ray Sadecki. Hickman is the first Mets player to hit 3 HRs in a game.

      The Reds score 7 in the 8th and roll over the visiting Phils, 16–7.

4th  At Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox sweep two from the Yankees, winning 1–0 and 7–2.  Mantle’s homer in the 2nd game, off Dennis Bennett, is the only bright spot for New York. Against nemesis Dick Radatz in the 8th, Mantle bunts foul on a two-strike pitch, the second time he’s struck out bunting against the Monster.

      The Reds score 3 runs in the 9th to edge the Phillies, 5–4. Deron Johnson drives in the last 2 runs with a single.

      Washington pitcher Jim Duckworth (7 ip) and Ron Kline combine to stop Detroit, 1-0. Duckworth (1-0) strikes out 11 in 7 innings—including 10 in the first 4 innings–to beat Dave Wickersham.

5th  The Reds edge the Phillies, 10–9, despite the slugging of Phils first sacker Dick Stuart.  Stuart clouts a grand slam, the 9th of his career, in the 1st inning, then hits a 2-run homer in the 7th. The Reds remain a game back of the winning Dodgers, while the Giants are 2 games back and the Braves 3 back.

      Curt Blefary hits homers in the 6th and 7th innings, the second a grand slam, to pace the Orioles to a 9-5 win over the Indians.

6th  At Los Angeles, Drysdale and the newly signed Spahn face each other again, but both are gone by extra innings. Drysdale lasts 8 innings, but Spahn exits after a 1+ inning ripping. The Giants win, 7–6, in 12 innings on Jim Davenport’s hit, and move a game behind the first-place Dodgers. Marichal, who hit Roseboro over the head with a bat 15 days ago, is banned from the trip.

      The Phils split with the Cards, taking the 2nd game 10-5 behind Chris Short. Curt Simmons, who had won 17 of 20 from the Phils since they released him, is the loser. Rookie Adolfo Phillips has three doubles and his first ML homer to pace the attack. In the opener, the Cards win, 10–3 behind the spark of Curt Flood, who singles home a run, steals his 56th base, and hits a 3-run homer.  He adds a 2-run homer in the nightcap.

      In game 1 at Kansas City, the A’s Wayne Causey walks 5 times in an 8-6 loss to the Twins. The A’s rebound in game 2 scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th on a sac fly.  Catfish Hunter, with an inning of relief is the winning pitcher.

7th  The Indians score 8 runs in the 5th and 6th innings to come from behind and beat the White Sox, 9-5. Chico Salmon clubs a grand slam in the 5th, off Juan Pizarro.

8th  Bert Campaneris plays all 9 positions against the Angels in a promotion to hype poor attendance at Kansas City. When Campy takes the mound in the 8th inning, the first batter he faces is his cousin Jose Cardenal, who pops out. Campy allows one run, and leaves the game in the 9th after a collision with Angels C Ed Kirkpatrick at home plate when Campy is catching. Rene Lachemann replaces Campy as catcher. The Angels win it in the 13th inning 5–3, with the win going to Campy’s batterymate Aurelio Monteagudo. Playing RF for KC is Lu Clinton, who gives way to Campy when he takes over the position for an inning. Clinton was claimed off waivers by Kansas City but, because of a prior claim by the Indians, was not a valid member of the team.  He moves on to Cleveland after this game (as noted by Don Mankowski).

      The Giants take over 1st place for the first time this season as reliever Masanori Murikami win 3–1 in Los Angeles, dropping the Dodgers to 2nd place by .002 percentage points. The Giants have now won 4 straight and will win their next 10.

9th  In LA, a duel between Dodger Sandy Koufax and Bob Hendley of the Cubs is perfect until Dodger LF Lou Johnson walks in the 5th. Following a sacrifice, Johnson steals 3B and scores on C Chris Krug’s wild throw. Johnson later gets the game’s only hit, a 7th-inning single. Koufax’s 4th no-hitter in 4 years is a perfect game. One hit by 2 clubs in a completed 9-inning game is also a ML record, as is the one runner left on base. The 2 base runners in a game is a ML record. For Chicago pitchers, it is the 2nd one-hitter they’ve thrown against LA this year and lost. Ellsworth lost on May 15, 1965.

      The Angels waive Lu Clinton and both the Indians and the Athletics claim him. Since the rule on waivers is that the team lowest in the standings gets first dibs, Clinton joins the Athletics (as noted by Merritt Clifton).  He arrives in mid-game and appears as a pinch-hitter, striking out, as California beats the A’s, 7–2.  He and the Athletics then learned after the game that Clinton has been awarded to the Indians because the Athletics’ claim was filed after the 24-hour claiming period had expired. Charlie Finley knew this before Clinton reported to the Athletics, but manager Haywood Sullivan, fed up with Finley’s second-guessing, didn’t answer the telephone during the game, and therefore didn’t find out.

10th Phils rookie Ferguson Jenkins debuts with 4 1/3 innings of relief against the Cardinals and picks up his first victory. Philadelphia wins 5–4 in 12 innings. It is the Phillies 10,000th game decision since 1900.

     Willie McCovey clouts a pinch grand slam, off Ted Abernathy, and the first-place Giants maintain their half-game lead with a 5-2 win over the Cubs.

      The Orioles sweep a pair from Kansas City, 5–2 and 10–5. In game 2, the O’s get consecutive HRs by in 8th from Brooks Robinson, Blefary, and Adair.

11th  Tony Cloninger’s one-hit, 9–0 win is Milwaukee’s 2nd straight one-hitter against the Mets, tying a ML mark set 48 years ago. Wade Blasingame, Billy O’Dell, and Phil Niekro combined the day before for a 3–1 win.  In today’s win, Aaron has two hits, a stolen base, RBI, and run scored before leaving for pinch hitter John Blanchard. Cloninger has a homer and 3 RBIs and will finish the season with an unusual stat: a batting average (.162) higher than his on-base percentage (.159).

12th  Washington’s Brant Alyea debuts with a pinch-hit HR on the first pitch from Rudy May in his first ML at bat. Yes, it ties major-league record. In Washington, 840 fans watch the Senators beat the Angels 7–1.

      In his second ML start, Dick Selma (2-0) pitches 10 innings as the Mets beat the Braves, 1-0. Charley Smith’s RBI single in the 10th, off starter Bob Sadowski, plates the winner. Selma strikes out 13 and allows 4 hits, Sadowski just 5.

13th  Willie Mays’s 500th HR (off Don Nottebart) and Juan Marichal’s 22nd victory beat Houston 5–1. The win is the Giants 11th straight and gives them a  2 1⁄2 game lead.

14th  Five days after pitching against each other, the Cubs Bob Hendley and LA’s Sandy Koufax hook up again.  No no-no this time as Hendley allows 4 hits and wins, 2–1.

16th  An eventful day in Boston includes the firing of GM Mike Higgins and a no-hitter by Dave Morehead as Boston beats Cleveland 2–0. Afterwards, owner Tom Yawkey rewrites Morehead’s contract giving the 22-year-old a $1,000 bonus. Morehead lost a no-hitter against Cleveland in 1963 on Fred Whitfield’s bad-hop single in the 8th. Replacing Higgins is Dick O’Connell, who is named chief of operations.

      Bob Bolin’s 5–1 win at Houston gives the Giants 14 straight wins, the longest NL streak since 1951.

      Claude Osteen launches a Dodgers’ winning streak as he shuts out the Cubs, 2–0. The Dodgers will win their next 3, all by shutouts, in St. Louis. Osteen helps his own cause in the 2-run second inning by lining a hit off the shoe of Cubs pitcher Bill Faul.  Faul, who says he goes into a trance to make his pitches invisible to batters, exits. Sandy Koufax, who lost on the 13th, 2-1, on Billy Williams’ 2-run HR, earns the save in the ninth by retiring 3.  A crowd of 550 pays at Wrigley earning the Dodgers a visitors’ share of the gate of $151.25.

17th The 1st place Giants lose for the first time in 15 games as Phil Niekro outpitches Juan Marichal. The Braves win, 9–1. The Giants will then win their next 3 games to push their lead to 4 games over Los Angeles.

18th  On Mickey Mantle Day at Yankee Stadium, 50,180 fans see Mantle play his 2,000th game.  Joe DiMaggio and Bobby Kennedy are on hand as Mantle is given a barbecue grill in the shape of a prairie schooner and a six-foot Kosher salami weighing 100 pounds. In Mantle’s first at bat, Detroit’s Joe Sparma comes off the mound to shake his hand. Mick then flies out. Detroit wins, 4–3, with reliever Denny McLain getting the win.

      Larry Jackson of the Cubs beats the Mets, 4–3, for his 11th straight win over New York.

19th  Bob Veale allows one hit—a 2-out 6th inning single to Tony Taylor—in pitching the Pirates to a 1–0, 10-inning win over the visiting Phillies. Roberto Clemente’s 2-out single in the 10th off Jack Baldschun, in relief of Chris Short, drives home the winner.

20th  Just 812 see the soon-to-be Atlanta Braves lose to the Phils, 4–1, in Milwaukee.

Fewer fans (537) see the A’s Jim “Catfish” Hunter beat Jim “Mudcat” Grant, 8–2, in Minnesota. Both contests are makeup games.

      In Cleveland’s 5–4 win, Pedro Gonzalez of the Indians swings a bat at P Larry Sherry of the Tigers following a Sherry brushback pitch. Gonzalez is fined $500 by AL President Joe Cronin the following day.

21st  Before 5,169 fans at County Stadium, Don Drysdale wins his 21st and also collects 2 hits and an RBI as the Dodgers whip the Braves, 3-1. The Dodgers remain 3 game behind the Giants.

      Horace Clarke has a grand slam and 5 RBIs to help the Yankees to a 9-4 victory over the Indians. Mel Stottlemyre wins his 19th.  Ralph Gagliano, 18-year-old brother of Phil, makes his lone NL appearance as a pinch runner for the Tribe.

      Gates Brown’s grand slam in the 3rd inning puts the Tigers in the lead as they beat the White Sox, 6-2.

22nd  Before 12,577 fans, the Braves end a 13-year stay in Milwaukee against the Dodgers. Despite a Frank Bolling grand slam off Sandy Koufax in the 2nd, the Braves lose 7–6 in 11 innings.

23rd  A 20-game winner in 1964, Larry Jackson loses his 20th game of 1965, as the Phillies sweep a twin bill from the Cubs, 11–5 and 7–4. Jackson is the first pitcher since Murry Dickson of the 1951-52 Pirates to follow a 20-win season with 20 losses.

      Dick Nen hits a 1st-inning grand slam for Washington, but Kansas City fights back with 2 runs in the 8th and 3 in the 9th to win, 8-7.

24th At Candlestick, Tony Cloninger throws a 4-hitter to give the Braves an 8–2 win over the Giants.  In Southern California, the Dodgers win 4–3 over the Cards to reduce the Giants lead to one game.

25th  Sandy Koufax blanks the Cardinals 2–0 to win his 24th. He fans 12 along the way, raising his record season total to 356. His 2–0 shutout of St. Louis keeps Los Angeles a game behind the Giants.

      Another Kansas City publicity stunt makes the great Satchel Paige baseball’s oldest performer. At 59, Paige hurls the first 3 innings, garners one strikeout, and allows just one hit, to Carl Yastrzemski, in his first ML appearance since 1953. The Red Sox break a 2-2 tie in the 8th to pin the loss on reliever Don Mossi with a 5–2 win. Before the game, Paige poses for pictures while sitting in a rocking chair on the field. In his lap is 19-year-old Catfish Hunter.

      The first-place Giants top the Braves, 7–5, led by Willie Mays’s 50th HR of the year.

      The Twins Mudcat Grant one hits the Senators to win, 5–0. Don Blasingame’s double in the 3rd is the only hit for Washington; it is the 4th time that Blasingame has collected the only hit for his team. Grant becomes the first 20-game winner in the AL. Zoilo Versalles has 4 hits for the Twins, including a triple and a 2-run homer. Minnesota completes the sweep with a 5-3 win in the nightcap. Washington starter Jim Duckworth strikes out 13 batters in 7.1 innings, but the loss goes to reliever Mike McCormick.

      In Houston, the Reds Jim Maloney allows 2 hits in beating Houston, 1–0.

26th  Minnesota gains its first AL pennant by defeating Washington 2–1. Jim Kaat (17-11) wins the clincher.

      The Braves overcome Juan Marichal to beat the Giants 3–2. Drysdale shuts out the Cards, 1–0, topping the 200 mark in strikeouts for a NL record 6th straight season. The Giants and Dodgers are now deadlocked with 7 games to play.

27th Tom Haller clouts 2 HRs to give the Giants an 8–4 win over the Cards as veteran Warren Spahn makes his ML-record 115th start against St. Louis. Spahn has also started against New York 108 times, the only pitcher to start against two teams 100 times or more. Frank Linzy (9-3) wins in relief but the Dodgers keep pace by defeating the Reds 6–1.

      A week after sending veteran Ken Boyer to the Mets, St. Louis trades SS Dick Groat, 1B Bill White and C Bob Uecker to the Phillies for P Art Mahaffey, OF Alex Johnson and C Pat Corrales.

28th  Former Giant Bill White has 4 hits, including 2 doubles and a homer, to lead the Cards to a 9–1 beating of the Giants. The only run for the Giants is Willie Mays’ 51st homer of the year, off Larry Jaster. Warren Spahn mops up for San Francisco, allowing 2 runs in his second to last appearance. At Dodger Stadium, the Reds and Dodgers battle into the 12th before Lou Johnson hits a walkoff homer off Joey Jay to give LA a 2-1 win.  It is Johnson’s 4th hit.  Don Drysdale pinch hits for Johnny Roseboro in the 10th—unsuccessfully—and Maury Wills steals his 93rd base.

      At Shea, Mets rookie Dennis Ribant makes his second ML start a good one throwing 11 shutout innings against the Pirates. New York scores a run in the 12th when Ron Hunt hits a bases-loaded two- out single against Elroy Face to give Darrell Christopher the win in relief.

29th  Phillies C Pat Corrales sets a ML record by reaching base twice on catcher’s interference in one game and 6 times in one season. The Phils beat Chicago 7–6. Banks, Williams and Santo homer for the Cubs while Adolfo Phillips has a pair for the Phils.

      In a pitcher’s duel between 2 future Hall of Famers, Bob Gibson aids his cause by smacking a grand slam off Gaylord Perry in the 8th inning to lift the Cards to a 8–6 win over the Giants. It is Gibson’s 5th HR of the year and the first of 2 career slams he’ll hit.  Gibson has three hits and scores three runs. The Giants score all their runs in the 9th inning, three on a homerun by Jim Davenport to knock out Gibson.

      In Los Angeles, the Dodgers roll on, defeating the Reds 5–0 on Koufax’s 2 hitter. The Dodgers now lead by 2 games.

      California is not much of a draw at Fenway, attracting 409 fans. They see Boston win, 2–1. Yesterday the two teams played before a crowd of 461.  The lowest attendance at Fenway was 356 fans on September 28, 1917, according to Boston historian Bill Nowlin.

30th  Don Drysdale (23-12) pitches a 3-hitter and blanks the Braves 4–0. Los Angeles has now won 13 straight games, 7 by shutouts.

      Jim Kaat and Zoilo Versalles homer off Milt Pappas as the Twins beat the Orioles, 7-6. Zoilo’s is a grand slam in the 5th while Kaat’s is his first of the year.