1965 Season News

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.

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.

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.

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.
1965 American League
Team Record GB
Minnesota Twins 102-60 -
Chicago White Sox 95-67 7.0
Baltimore Orioles 94-68 8.0
Detroit Tigers 89-73 13.0
Cleveland Indians 87-75 15.0
New York Yankees 77-85 25.0
California Angels 75-87 27.0
Washington Senators 70-92 32.0
Boston Red Sox 62-100 40.0
Kansas City Athletics 59-103 43.0
1965 National League
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 97-65 -
San Francisco Giants 95-67 2.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 90-72 7.0
Cincinnati Reds 89-73 8.0
Milwaukee Braves 86-76 11.0
Philadelphia Phillies 85-76 11.5
St. Louis Cardinals 80-81 16.5
Chicago Cubs 72-90 25.0
Houston Astros 65-97 32.0
New York Mets 50-112 47.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Minnesota Twins 102 60 0.630 774 4.78 600 3.70 150 166 0.254 0.323 0.399 3.14 503 934 0.973 158
Chicago White Sox 95 67 0.586 647 3.99 555 3.43 125 122 0.346 0.312 0.364 2.99 460 946 0.981 156
Baltimore Orioles 94 68 0.580 641 3.96 578 3.57 125 120 0.238 0.306 0.363 2.98 510 939 0.980 152
Detroit Tigers 89 73 0.549 680 4.20 602 3.72 162 137 0.238 0.309 0.374 3.35 509 1069 0.981 126
Cleveland Indians 87 75 0.537 663 4.09 613 3.78 156 129 0.250 0.313 0.379 3.30 500 1156 0.981 127
New York Yankees 77 85 0.475 611 3.77 604 3.73 149 126 0.235 0.298 0.364 3.28 511 1001 0.978 166
California Angels 75 87 0.463 527 3.25 569 3.51 92 91 0.239 0.297 0.341 3.17 563 847 0.981 149
Washington Senators 70 92 0.432 591 3.65 721 4.45 136 160 0.228 0.302 0.350 3.93 633 867 0.976 148
Boston Red Sox 62 100 0.383 669 4.13 791 4.88 165 158 0.251 0.326 0.400 4.24 543 993 0.974 129
Kansas City Athletics 59 103 0.364 585 3.61 755 4.66 110 161 0.240 0.307 0.358 4.24 574 882 0.977 142
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Los Angeles Dodgers 97 65 0.599 608 3.75 521 3.22 78 127 0.245 0.308 0.335 2.81 425 1079 0.979 135
San Francisco Giants 95 67 0.586 682 4.21 593 3.66 159 137 0.252 0.312 0.385 3.20 408 1060 0.976 124
Pittsburgh Pirates 90 72 0.556 675 4.17 580 3.58 111 89 0.265 0.315 0.382 3.01 469 882 0.977 189
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 0.549 825 5.09 704 4.35 183 136 0.273 0.336 0.439 3.88 587 1113 0.981 142
Milwaukee Braves 86 76 0.531 708 4.37 633 3.91 196 123 0.256 0.307 0.416 3.52 541 966 0.978 145
Philadelphia Phillies 85 76 0.528 654 4.06 667 4.14 144 116 0.250 0.311 0.384 3.53 466 1071 0.975 153
St. Louis Cardinals 80 81 0.497 707 4.39 674 4.19 109 166 0.254 0.312 0.371 3.77 467 916 0.979 152
Chicago Cubs 72 90 0.444 635 3.92 723 4.46 134 154 0.238 0.304 0.358 3.78 481 855 0.974 166
Houston Astros 65 97 0.401 569 3.51 711 4.39 97 123 0.237 0.301 0.340 3.84 388 931 0.974 130
New York Mets 50 112 0.309 495 3.06 752 4.64 107 147 0.221 0.273 0.327 4.06 498 776 0.974 153