1965 Los Angeles Dodgers
1965 Los Angeles Dodgers / Franchise: Los Angeles Dodgers / BR Team Page
World Series Champs
Managed by Walter Alston
History, Comments, Contributions
Don Drysdale was a key player on the 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers. He not only went 23-12 as a pitcher, but hit .300 with a .508 slugging percentage. He was the only player on the team who hit .300 and the only player who slugged over .400. He appeared in 14 games as a pinch-hitter and his 7 homers also placed him among the team leaders. This would seem to point out to a hopeless squad with no hitting to speak of, but in fact the Dodgers won the National League pennant and were World Series champions.
Sandy Koufax went 26-8 while Ron Perranoski had 17 saves. Bob Miller had 9 saves. However, apart from Koufax and Drysdale, no pitcher was more than one game above .500! The number three and four starters Claude Osteen and Johnny Podres finished at 15-15 and 7-6 respectively. Not until the 1987 Minnesota Twins would a World Series-winning team rely so much on two starting pitchers.
Among the position players, Maury Wills and Jim Gilliam hit over .280 and Wills stole 94 bases. Lou Johnson and Jim Lefebvre hit 12 home runs each, making them the top sluggers on a team that was seen at the time as offensively weak, although it was the start of the second dead-ball era and the Dodgers were playing in an extreme pitchers' park. Lefebvre was the NL Rookie of the Year, beating out another second baseman, future Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.
Awards and Honors
- All-Stars: Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax and Maury Wills
- Cy Young Award: Sandy Koufax
- NL Rookie of the Year Award: Jim Lefebvre
|Game||Score||Date||Location||Attendance||Time of Game|
|1||Dodgers – 2, Twins – 8||October 6||Metropolitan Stadium||47,797||2:29|
|2||Dodgers – 1, Twins – 5||October 7||Metropolitan Stadium||48,700||2:13|
|3||Twins – 0, Dodgers – 4||October 9||Dodger Stadium||55,934||2:06|
|4||Twins – 2, Dodgers – 7||October 10||Dodger Stadium||55,920||2:15|
|5||Twins – 0, Dodgers – 7||October 11||Dodger Stadium||55,801||2:34|
|6||Dodgers – 1, Twins – 5||October 13||Metropolitan Stadium||49,578||2:16|
|7||Dodgers – 2, Twins – 0||October 14||Metropolitan Stadium||50,596||2:27|
- Brian M. Endsley: Koufax Throws a Curve: The Los Angeles Dodgers at the End of an Era, 1964–1966, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2018. ISBN 978-1-4766-6942-7
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- Ken LaZebnik: Buzzie and the Bull: A GM, a Clubhouse Favorite, and the Dodgers’ 1965 Championship Season, University of Nebraska Press, 2020. ISBN 978-1-4962-1317-4
- John Rosengren: The Fight of Their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball's Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption, The Lyons press, Guildford, CT, 2014. ISBN 978-0762787128