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1965 New York Yankees season

1965 New York Yankees
Mickey Mantle hits first HR in Astrodome
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Yankee Stadium (since 1923)
  • New York City, New York (since 1903)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) CBS
    Manager(s) Johnny Keane
    Local television

    WPIX

    (Red Barber, Phil Rizzuto, Jerry Coleman, Joe Garagiola)
    Local radio WCBS (AM)
    (Phil Rizzuto, Red Barber, Jerry Coleman, Joe Garagiola)
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    The 1965 New York Yankees season was the 63rd season for the Yankees in New York and their 65th overall. The team finished with a record of 77–85, finishing 25 games behind the Minnesota Twins. New York was managed by Johnny Keane. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

    This season marked the beginning of a transition for the Yankees before a resurgence in the 1970s. This was the first season since 1925 that they failed to finish above the .500 mark.[1] They would bottom out in 1966.

    Offseason

    First game in the Astrodome

    • April 9, 1965: The Houston Colt .45s became the Houston Astros and inaugurated indoor baseball in the Astrodome with a 2–1 exhibition win over the Yankees. In this game, Mickey Mantle hit the first home run in the history of the Astrodome.

    Regular season

    Bobby Murcer made his major league debut on September 8.[6] He recorded his first hit on September 14, was a two run home run off Senators pitcher Jim Duckworth.[7]

    On October 3, Tony Kubek hit a home run in the last at-bat of his career.[8]

    Season standings

    American League W L Pct. GB
    Minnesota Twins 102 60 .630 --
    Chicago White Sox 95 67 .586 7
    Baltimore Orioles 94 68 .580 8
    Detroit Tigers 89 73 .549 13
    Cleveland Indians 87 75 .537 15
    New York Yankees 77 85 .475 25
    California Angels 75 87 .463 27
    Washington Senators 70 92 .432 32
    Boston Red Sox 62 100 .383 40
    Kansas City Athletics 59 103 .364 43

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1965 New York Yankees
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    C Howard, ElstonElston Howard 110 391 91 .233 9 45
    1B Pepitone, JoeJoe Pepitone 143 531 131 .247 18 62
    2B Richardson, BobbyBobby Richardson 160 664 164 .247 6 47
    3B Boyer, CleteClete Boyer 148 514 129 .251 18 58
    SS Kubek, TonyTony Kubek 109 339 74 .218 5 35
    LF Mantle, MickeyMickey Mantle 122 361 92 .255 19 46
    CF Tresh, TomTom Tresh 156 602 168 .279 26 74
    RF López, HéctorHéctor López 111 283 74 .261 7 39
    [12]

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Maris, RogerRoger Maris 46 155 37 .239 8 27
    López, ArtArt López 38 49 7 .143 0 0
    Murcer, BobbyBobby Murcer 11 37 9 .243 1 4
    Blanchard, JohnnyJohnny Blanchard 12 34 5 .147 1 3
    Carmel, DukeDuke Carmel 6 8 0 .000 0 0
    González, PedroPedro González 7 5 2 .400 0 0

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Stottlemyre, MelMel Stottlemyre 37 291 20 9 2.63 155
    Downing, AlAl Downing 35 212 12 14 3.40 179
    Beck, RichRich Beck 3 21 2 1 2.14 10

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Stafford, BillBill Stafford 22 111.1 3 8 3.56 71

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Ramos, PedroPedro Ramos 65 5 5 19 2.92 68
    Blanco, GilGil Blanco 17 1 1 0 3.98 14

    Awards and honors

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Columbus, Fort Lauderdale, Binghamton[15]

    Notes

    References