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1965 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Los Angeles Dodgers (4) Walter Alston 97–65, .599, GA: 2
Minnesota Twins (3) Sam Mele 102–60, .630, GA: 7
Dates: October 6–October 14
MVP: Sandy Koufax (Los Angeles, the 2nd time)
Television: NBC
TV announcers: Ray Scott and Vin Scully
Radio: NBC
Radio announcers: By Saam and Joe Garagiola
Umpires: Eddie Hurley (AL), Tony Venzon (NL), Red Flaherty (AL), Ed Sudol (NL), Bob Stewart (AL), Ed Vargo (NL)
Future Hall of Famers: Dodgers: Walt Alston (mgr.), Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax.
Twins: Harmon Killebrew.
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The 1965 World Series featured the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers against the American League champion Minnesota Twins, who had won their first pennant since 1933 when the team was known as the Washington Senators.



Both teams improved from sixth place finishes in 1964; the Twins won the A.L. pennant with relative ease while the Dodgers were locked in a season long five-way battle in the N.L. between themselves, the Giants, Pirates, Reds, and Braves. After the Giants won their 14th consecutive game to take a 4 1/2 game lead on September 16, the Dodgers went on a 13-game winning streak over the final two weeks of the season to clinch the pennant on the next to last day of the season over the second place rival Giants. The Dodgers prevailed in seven games to capture their second title in three years, and their third since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.

This was only the second World Series where both teams were located west of the Mississippi River. The other occurred in 1944 when the St. Louis Browns faced their Sportsman's Park tenants, the St. Louis Cardinals.

It was also the first series in which both teams had had losing records the previous year. This has since been repeated two other times, both times also involving the Twins—in 1987 and 1991.

This World Series was the first in which all games were played in cities that did not have National League or American League teams in 1903, the year of the first modern World Series.

Also, it is the earliest World Series whose telecasts are known to survive in their entirety; the CBC has complete kinescopes of all seven games in its archives.


The Twins won the first two games of the series against Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax, but once Claude Osteen shut out the Twins in Game 3, things turned around. The Dodgers proceeded to win the three middle games at Dodger Stadium and Koufax would pitch two shutouts including a three-hitter with ten strikeouts to clinch. Ron Fairly hit two home runs for the Dodgers, both in losing efforts.

NL Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs. AL Minnesota Twins (3)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 6 Los Angeles Dodgers – 2, Minnesota Twins – 8 Metropolitan Stadium 2:29 47,797[1]
2 October 7 Los Angeles Dodgers – 1, Minnesota Twins – 5 Metropolitan Stadium 2:13 48,700[2] 
3 October 9 Minnesota Twins – 0, Los Angeles Dodgers – 4 Dodger Stadium 2:06 55,934[3] 
4 October 10 Minnesota Twins – 2, Los Angeles Dodgers – 7 Dodger Stadium 2:15 55,920[4] 
5 October 11 Minnesota Twins – 0, Los Angeles Dodgers – 7 Dodger Stadium 2:34 55,801[5] 
6 October 13 Los Angeles Dodgers – 1, Minnesota Twins – 5 Metropolitan Stadium 2:16 49,578[6] 
7 October 14 Los Angeles Dodgers – 2, Minnesota Twins – 0 Metropolitan Stadium 2:27 50,596[7]



Game 1

Wednesday, October 6, 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 10 1
Minnesota 0 1 6 0 0 1 0 0 X 8 10 0

WP: Mudcat Grant (1–0)  LP: Don Drysdale (0–1)  
HRs:  LAD – Ron Fairly (1)  MIN – Don Mincher (1), Zoilo Versalles (1)

Game 1 was set to be a pitching duel between Dodgers' Don Drysdale and the Twins' Mudcat Grant (21–7, 3.30 ERA on the year). Drysdale was starting because the game fell on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for people of the Jewish faith. Dodger ace Sandy Koufax, who was Jewish, stated he would not pitch that day.

In the Twins' third inning any thought of a pitchers' duel was put to rest. Going into that inning, it was 1–1. Coming out, it was 7–1. It started with a Frank Quilici double to left field, followed by an error by Jim Lefebvre, allowing the pitcher Grant to reach. Then, shortstop Zoilo Versalles stepped to the plate. He had hit nineteen home runs in the regular season and would later win the AL MVP Award for that year. He crushed a pitch from Drysdale for a three-run home run to make the score, 4–1. However, the Twins' scoring wasn't over. With still no one out, left fielder Sandy Valdespino began things again with a double. After a few outs and baserunners, and a single by Harmon Killebrew, the Twins had two runners again. With three straight singles (Earl Battey, Don Mincher, and Quilici), scoring three unearned runs, the Twins had jumped out to a six-run lead and would never look back, winning the game 8–2.

The Dodgers had gotten their runs on a Ron Fairly homer and a Maury Wills bunt single that scored Lefebvre. Grant received the win while Drysdale took the loss. In the postgame news conference, a reporter jokingly said to Dodger manager Walter Alston, "I bet you wish Drysdale was Jewish too."

Game 2

Thursday, October 7, 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 3
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 X 5 9 0

WP: Jim Kaat (1–0)  LP: Sandy Koufax (0–1)  

In Game 2, the Twins again got to a Dodgers ace, this time Sandy Koufax. Also again, the pitcher for Minnesota, this time Jim Kaat shut down the Dodgers offense. This time though, the Twins didn't get their runs until later on. Again though, an error hurt the Dodgers. When Jim Gilliam bobbled the ball at third base, Versalles reached, and ended up scoring on a Tony Oliva double. The Twins went up 2–0 in the series as they prevailed, 5–1 in the game.

Game 3

Saturday, October 9, 1965 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 X 4 10 1

WP: Claude Osteen (1–0)  LP: Camilo Pascual (0–1)  

In Game 3, Claude Osteen was the pitcher for the Dodgers. With his team down 2–0 in the series, pressure was put on him to have a good start so that his team would not fall behind 0-3. He was set to face the Twins' Camilo Pascual who had a quality (though somewhat injury plagued) year (9–3, 3.35 ERA). In the first inning, Versalles led off with a double and the Twins had runners and first and third with two out. But Versalles was caught stealing home on the front end of an attempted double steal to end the inning. In the fourth inning, with the score at 0–0, Johnny Roseboro put two runs on the board for the Dodgers on a two run single. Osteen, who was shutting out the Twins continued to do so inning after inning, while Los Angeles continued to score runs on a Willie Davis single and a Lou Johnson double in the fifth, and then a Wills double in the sixth.

Osteen completed the game by getting backup catcher Jerry Zimmerman to ground into a double play. He allowed only five hits in the contest. He had done what the Dodgers first two aces could not and helped make the series a tight two games to one as the Dodgers won, 4–0.

Game 4

Sunday, October 10, 1965 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 2
Los Angeles 1 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 X 7 10 0

WP: Don Drysdale (1–1)  LP: Mudcat Grant (1–1)  
HRs:  MIN – Harmon Killebrew (1), Tony Oliva (1)  LAD – Wes Parker (1), Lou Johnson (1)

In Game 4, a rematch of Game 1's pitchers (Drysdale, Grant), this time the Dodgers ace prevailed ending out with game statistics of two runs, both earned on five hits and two walks. He had eleven strike outs in the game, fanning Jimmie Hall and Mincher three times each. The Twins' Grant gave up three runs in the first five innings and then was taken out during the sixth inning, when the Dodgers put three more runs on the board, two credited to Grant, while one went to reliever Al Worthington. After that inning, the Dodgers got one more, on a Johnson home run. The Twins had gotten their two runs on home runs from Killebrew and Oliva. Back in form, Drysdale had evened the series up and the Dodgers won, 7–2.

Game 5

Monday, October 11, 1965 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Los Angeles 2 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 X 7 14 0

WP: Sandy Koufax (1–1)  LP: Jim Kaat (1–1)  

In Game 5, a mirror image of Game 4, the pitcher for the Twins who had done so well in Game 2, Jim Kaat, did not do as well this time, as the Dodgers won their third straight by shutting out the Twins. Koufax had an excellent start, giving up only four hits, one walk, and striking out ten. After Kaat gave up two runs quickly in the first inning, and then again in the third, Dave Boswell came in to attempt to stop the bleeding. Later, Jim Perry did the same. While both fared better than Kaat, Koufax basically put the game out of reach in the seventh, when he helped himself out with an RBI single to score Fairly. The Dodgers won their third in a row and went up 3–2 in the series. The final score was 7–0.

Game 6

Wednesday, October 13, 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 1
Minnesota 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 X 5 6 1

WP: Mudcat Grant (2–1)  LP: Claude Osteen (1–1)  
HRs:  LAD – Ron Fairly (2)  MIN – Bob Allison (1), Mudcat Grant (1)

In Game 6, Osteen did not fare quite as well as he had in his last start. In the fourth inning, Battey reached on an error by Dick Tracewski, yet another fielding blunder made by the Dodgers. This was followed by a Bob Allison two run home run. Meanwhile, Grant for the Twins, was on his game once again. Although Grant pitched very well (1 run, 6 hits, 5 strike outs), he also helped himself, similar to Koufax for L.A. the game before, but this time with a towering three-run home run, after Quilici was intentionally walked to get to Grant. A Fairly home run, his second of the series, put the Dodgers on the board and made the score 5–1, which would end up being the final, as Grant pitched a complete game.

Game 7

Thursday, October 14, 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1

WP: Sandy Koufax (2–1)  LP: Jim Kaat (1–2)  
HRs:  LAD – Lou Johnson (2)

A series that held many would-be pitching duels featured one final one in Game 7. Dodger manager Walt Alston was torn between starting Drysdale on normal rest or Koufax with only two days' rest. He decided on the left-handed Koufax, figuring if needed he would bring the right-handed Drysdale on in relief, and then go back to his left-handed relief ace Ron Perranoski. Koufax told announcer Vin Scully in a post-game interview that he and Drysdale had come to the ballpark that day not knowing which of them would be on the mound and that Manager Alston announced his decision at a team meeting. According to Koufax, the manager announced the decision purely in strategic terms regarding lefty vs. righty, saying he worded his announcement without even using the pitchers' names, saying only that he thought he'd "like to start the left hander." The Twins went with Jim Kaat, also starting on two days' rest. Both managers had relief pitchers warming up as their respective starters began the game. Koufax had trouble throwing his curveball for strikes but escaped a couple of early jams, including one in the third inning when Zoilo Versailles had stolen second base with one out but was ruled out due to interference by the batter Joe Nossek. After the early innings, Koufax effectively gave up on his curveball and pitched the rest of the game almost exclusively with fastballs, yet still baffling the hard-hitting Twins. In the fourth inning, Dodger left fielder Lou Johnson told Koufax that he would get him the only run he would need. Johnson promptly stepped to the plate and hit one off the left field foul pole to give the Dodgers a 1–0 lead. Ron Fairly followed with a double and scored on a Wes Parker single. The two runs were scored on three consecutive pitches.

Knowing Kaat was pitching on two days rest, manager Mele had pulled him quickly and brought in reliever Al Worthington. Relievers Worthington, Johnny Klippstein, Jim Merritt, and Jim Perry combined to shut out the Dodgers for the rest of the game. The Twins threatened again in the fifth inning when they had runners on first and second with only one out. Versailles then hit a hard ground ball down the third base line that appeared to be going for a double. This may have ended Koufax's day as Don Drysdale was warming up in the bull pen. But Dodger third baseman Jim Gilliam (who ironically was often replaced that season late in games for defensive reasons) made a diving backhanded stop and stepped on third for a force, then Koufax bore down and got the third out of the inning. He ended up tossing a three hit shutout, striking out ten in one of the greatest World Series Game 7 pitching performances ever.

Sweet Lou Johnson hit two home runs, including the game winner in the clinching Game 7.

No relief pitchers were used by the winning team in any game of this series; the winning starting pitcher went the distance in all seven games. This had not happened since 1940, and has not happened again since.

The Twins' loss in Game 7 remains the only World Series game the Twins have lost at home, having later won all their home games in 1987 and 1991. Through 2009, the Twins have never won a road World Series Game (not including when the franchise was the original Washington Senators).

Series quotes

He did it! Sandy Koufax gets his tenth strikeout, his second consecutive shutout of the Twins; on Monday on a four-hitter, today on a three-hitter. Every pitcher, of course, likes to finish a game with a strikeout. This was, of course, not *a* game. This was the seventh game of the World Series.
Ray Scott, calling the final out of Game 7 for NBC television.
I bet you wish Drysdale was Jewish too.
—Unknown reporter to Dodger manager Walter Alston, after Drysdale, pitching in place of Sandy Koufax who would not pitch on Yom Kippur, got shelled in Game 1.
Sandy, in Los Angeles when you pitched your 7-0 shutout, you were quoted after the game as saying, 'I feel 100 years old.' So today, how do you feel?
A hundred and one.
—Dodger announcer Vin Scully asked Sandy Koufax after the Game 7 win and Koufax replied chuckling.

Composite box

1965 World Series (4–3): Los Angeles Dodgers (N.L.) over Minnesota Twins (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 2 2 6 1 4 4 1 1 24 64 6
Minnesota Twins 0 1 6 3 0 7 1 2 0 20 42 5
Total attendance: 364,326   Average attendance: 52,047
Winning player’s share: $10,297   Losing player’s share: $6,634[8]



  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990.
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2173. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L.. "1965 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information.. http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1965_WS.shtml. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 

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