1965 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Gabe Paul
General manager(s)Gabe Paul
Manager(s)Birdie Tebbetts
Local televisionWJW-TV
(Harry Jones, Herb Score)
Local radioWERE
(Jimmy Dudley, Bob Neal)
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The 1965 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the American League with a record of 87–75, 15 games behind the Minnesota Twins. The Indians played .500 ball for the first 40 games, then eventually heated up going on a 10-game winning streak at one point improving their record to 37-24. They would peak at 46-28, but would cool off significantly after the all star break (going 41-47 the rest of the way) and would only spend six days in first place. Still, the Indians 87-75 record would be the best win-loss record they would post between 1959 and 1994. This season also marked the return of Rocky Colavito. This led to an increase in attendance (a season after the Indians almost left Cleveland, due to low attendance). The trade itself ended up being a disaster in the long run, even though it was successful short term (for one season). The Indians were the only team to win the regular season series vs the AL pennant winning Twins (who would lose to the Dodgers in 7 games in the 1965 World Series).

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 102 60 0.630 51–30 51–30
Chicago White Sox 95 67 0.586 7 48–33 47–34
Baltimore Orioles 94 68 0.580 8 46–33 48–35
Detroit Tigers 89 73 0.549 13 47–34 42–39
Cleveland Indians 87 75 0.537 15 52–30 35–45
New York Yankees 77 85 0.475 25 40–43 37–42
Los Angeles/California Angels 75 87 0.463 27 46–34 29–53
Washington Senators 70 92 0.432 32 36–45 34–47
Boston Red Sox 62 100 0.383 40 34–47 28–53
Kansas City Athletics 59 103 0.364 43 33–48 26–55


Record vs. opponents

1965 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA/
CAL
MIN NYY WSH
Baltimore 11–7 9–9 10–8 11–7 11–7 13–5 8–10 13–5 8–10
Boston 7–11 4–14 8–10 6–12 11–7 5–13 1–17 9–9 11–7
Chicago 9–9 14–4 10–8 9–9 13–5 12–6 7–11 8–10 13–5
Cleveland 8–10 10–8 8–10 9–9 9–9 9–9 11–7 12–6 11–7
Detroit 7–11 12–6 9–9 9–9 13–5 10–8 8–10 10–8 11–7
Kansas City 7–11 7–11 5–13 9–9 5–13 5–13 8–10 7–11 6–12
Los Angeles/California 5–13 13–5 6–12 9–9 8–10 13–5 9–9 6–12 6–12
Minnesota 10–8 17–1 11–7 7–11 10–8 10–8 9–9 13–5 15–3
New York 5–13 9–9 10–8 6–12 8–10 11–7 12–6 5–13 11–7
Washington 10–8 7–11 5–13 7–11 7–11 12–6 12–6 3–15 7–11

NOTE: The Los Angeles Angels changed their name to California Angels on September 2, 1965, with the season in progress.


Notable transactions

Opening Day Lineup

Opening Day Starters
# Name Position
18 Dick Howser SS
23 Chuck Hinton 1B
27 Leon Wagner LF
21 Rocky Colavito RF
10 Max Alvis 3B
25 Vic Davalillo CF
16 Larry Brown 2B
6 Joe Azcue C
32 Ralph Terry P

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Roster

1965 Cleveland Indians
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 Joe Azcue 111 335 77 .230 2 35
1B Fred Whitfield 132 468 137 .293 26 90
2B Pedro González 116 400 101 .253 5 39
SS Larry Brown 124 438 111 .253 8 40
3B Max Alvis 159 604 149 .247 21 61
LF Leon Wagner 144 517 152 .294 28 79
CF Vic Davalillo 142 505 152 .301 5 40
RF Rocky Colavito 162 592 170 .287 26 108

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
Chuck Hinton 133 431 110 .255 18 54
Dick Howser 107 307 72 .235 1 6
Chico Salmon 79 120 29 .242 3 12
Duke Sims 48 118 21 .178 6 15
Cam Carreon 19 52 12 .231 1 7
Phil Roof 43 52 9 .173 0 3
Al Luplow 53 45 6 .133 1 4
Lou Clinton 12 34 6 .176 1 2
Billy Moran 22 24 3 .125 0 0
Bill Davis 10 10 3 .300 0 0
Ray Barker 11 6 0 .000 0 0
George Banks 4 5 1 .200 0 0
Tony Martínez 4 3 0 .000 0 0
Richie Scheinblum 4 1 0 .000 0 0
Ralph Gagliano 1 0 0 --- 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
Sam McDowell 42 273 17 11 2.18 325
Luis Tiant 41 196.1 11 11 3.53 152
Sonny Siebert 39 188.2 16 8 2.43 191
Ralph Terry 30 165.2 11 6 3.69 84
Tom Kelley 4 30 2 1 2.40 31

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
Lee Stange 41 132 8 4 3.34 80
Jack Kralick 30 86 5 11 4.92 34
Steve Hargan 17 60.1 4 3 3.43 37
Dick Donovan 12 22.2 1 3 5.96 12

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
Gary Bell 60 6 5 17 3.04 86
Don McMahon 58 3 3 11 3.28 60
Floyd Weaver 32 2 2 1 5.43 37
Bobby Tiefenauer 15 0 5 4 4.84 13
Jack Spring 14 1 2 0 3.74 9
Mike Hedlund 6 0 0 0 5.06 4
Stan Williams 3 0 0 0 6.23 1

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Johnny Lipon
AA Reading Indians Eastern League Whitey Kurowski
A Salinas Indians California League Phil Cavarretta
A Dubuque Packers Midwest League Elmer Valo

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References