1965 Los Angeles Dodgers Replay: Dodgers, Koufax Shutout Twins 6-0 in 2nd Game of World Series

    In the second game of the World Series between the 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers and the Minnesota Twins in the 1965 LA Dodgers Replay, Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers shut out the Twins, 6-0.  Although Koufax gave up nine hits, the Twins stranded five runners in scoring position.  Striking out six and only giving up one run, Koufax pitched a complete game for the victory.

    Minnesota pitchers, Jim Kaat, Dick Boswell and Dick Stigman, combined to give up seven walks and nine hits.  With the help of two walks in the eighth inning, the Dodgers hit two doubles that scored three runs and put the game out of reach.

    Unlike the actual 1965 World Series where the Twins took a 2-0 lead, the Dodgers have turned the tables around and head home to Los Angeles with the 2-0 lead.

1965 LA Dodgers Replay – 1965 World Series Game #1

    The 1965 World Series opened in Minneapolis on Wednesday, October 6th.  The powerful bats of the Twins could not conquer the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.  The final score was 4-2 and the result might have been different if not for a groundball error in the top of the 5th inning.

    Wes Parker was safe on the error to lead off the inning.  Johnny Roseboro singled him to second.  After Don Drysdale flied out for the first out, leadoff hitter Maury Wills walked to load the bases.  Jim Gilliam sacrificed to advance the runners and score Parker.  Willie Davis followed with a single that scored Roseboro and the fleet-footed Wills from second.  Ron Fairly grounded out to end the inning.  Despite superb pitching by Jim Grant, three unearned runs scored which gave Los Angeles the lead.

    Frank Quilici led off the bottom of the 5th inning with a solo home run, closing the gap to 4-2.  In the bottom of the 8th inning, Tony Oliva doubled and was out attempting to score from second on Harmon Killebrew’s single.  With eleven hits in the game, the only Twins run came on solo home runs by Quilici and Harmon Killebrew.  Ron Fairly banged a solo home run for the Dodgers.

    Jim Grant gave up only four hits, but took the loss due to the big error in the 5th inning.  Don Drysdale pitched eight innings to get the win and Jim Brewer closed out the 9th inning to get the save.

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1965 LA Dodgers Replay – It’s October Classic Time

    The 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Replay has reached the end on Baseball Classics.  The Dodgers finished 98-64, one game ahead of their actual season performance.  Two primary factors were displayed throughout the 162 game season from opening day to the last out:  (1) the pitching was outstanding (2.78 team e.r.a.) and  (2) terrible hitting (.248 overall season batting average).

Here is a brief list of the team leaders:


Wins:                              25    Sandy Koufax
Earned Run Average:    1.85    Bob Miller
Strikeouts:                      303    Sandy Koufax
Games:                          62    Bob Miller
Saves:                            28    Ron Perranoski


Batting Average:        .303    Willie Davis
At Bats:                       665    Maury Wills
Hits:                            171     Maury Wills
Home Runs:                16    Jim Lefebvre
Runs Batted In:           75    Jim Lefebvre
Walks:                         61    Ron Fairly
Strikeouts:                 112    Wes Parker
Stolen Bases:            103    Maury Wills

Claude Osteen finished 21-11, 2.96 era and Don Drysdale’s record was 19-15, 2.58 era with 212 strikeouts.

    The Giants (95-67) finished in second place, three games behind the Dodgers.  It’s on to Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the opening game of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins.  Will Dodger pitching dominate the powerful bats of the Twins?  Find out in my next blog.
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1965 Dodgers Win NL Flag in Replay

     On September 29th, Sandy Koufax won his 25th game of the season beating the Cincinnati Reds 2-1.  The victory, with San Francisco losing to the St. Louis Cardinals 8-6 in Candlestick Park, cinched the National Pennant for Los Angeles.

    The Dodgers finished the month of September with a 97-62 overall record.  The Giants are four games back of the Dodgers and the Reds are a distant third, nine games out.  The Dodgers  in the replay are two games ahead of the actual season with three games remaining.

    Koufax (25-12, 2.27 era) has one more start and could match his actual season victory total of 26 wins.  Don Drysdale (19-15, 2.62 era) failed in his final attempt of the season to win his 20th game.  Claude Osteen (20-11, 2.95 era) has joined the 20 game winner club and Ron Perranoski has 27 saves.  Overall, the team ERA is an outstanding 2.77.

    Willie Davis leads the Dodger batters with a .300 average.  Jim Lefebvre leads the club with 16 home runs and 75 rbi’s.  The overall team batting average is a .248.

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Final Week of the 1965 National League Season

    The 1965 National League pennant race is entering its last week.  The Los Angeles Dodgers remain at the top of the standings with a 95-60 record.  The San Francisco Giants (91-64) trail by 4 games, followed by the Cincinnati Reds (88-67) in third.

    The Reds are coming into Dodgers Stadium for a critical three-game series.  Sandy Koufax (24-11) lost his last two games and his ERA climbed to 2.30.  Both Don Drysdale and Claude Osteen failed to reach the 20 game victory mark in their last starts.

    Ron Fairly, in a rare pinch-hitting role, slammed a grand-slam homer to give the Dodgers a 8-6 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in yesterday’s game.  Ron Perranoski picked up his 26th save of the season.  Willie Davis leads the club with a .306 batting average.  Overall, the Dodgers continue to have a lackluster offense with a .248 batting average.

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1965 LA Dodgers Replay – Mid September – The Heat Is On!

“Don’t look back, Someone might be gaining on you!”
Sachel Paige, Hall of Fame

It is September 17, 1965.  The Los Angeles Dodgers 89-58) are in first place, 1 1/2 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants (87-59), and 5 1/2 games in front of the third place Cincinnati Reds (83-64).

The Dodgers will play the St. Louis Cardinals tonight in Busch Stadium after being blasted by the Chicago Cubs, 12-3.  Chicago was powered by two three-run home runs by Ron Santo and solo homers by Billy Williams and Don Kessinger.

Sandy Koufax leads the Dodgers pitching staff with a 23-10 record and an ERA of 2.12.  The entire Dodger pitching staffs has a combined ERA of 2.68.  Unfortunately, the Dodger hitters have a combine batting average of .245.

Will pitching prevail and win the pennant?  There is only 16 games left in the season and the Giants and Reds are breathing down the Dodgers’ neck.  We will see.

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September 1965 – The Pennant Race Heats Up

Well, I’ve made to September.  The Dodgers are in first place, 4.5 games ahead of the second place Giants and Reds.  Nothing has really changed since my last e-mail – the overall team batting average is a poor .243 and the team ERA is an incredible 2.75.  Koufax continues to dominate on the mound, but the lack of scoring has prevented him from matching his actual numbers from 1965.  The same can be said for Don Drysdale.  His ERA is an outstanding 2.56, but the lack of hitting has only allowed him to win fourteen games against fourteen losses.

It is really amazing to me that I am still three games ahead of the actual season record.  The Dodgers have a doubleheader on September 1st in Pittsburgh.  They are only 6-5 against the Pirates so far this season and are 3-8 on the current road trip.  Can the Dodgers scratch and claw their way to the pennant?

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