1965 New York Mets season

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1965 New York Mets
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Joan Whitney Payson
General manager(s)George Weiss
Manager(s)Casey Stengel, Wes Westrum
Local televisionWOR-TV
Local radioWHN
(Ralph Kiner, Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy)
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The 1965 New York Mets season was the fourth regular season for the Mets. They went 50–112 and finished 10th in the NL. They were managed by Casey Stengel and Wes Westrum. They played home games at Shea Stadium. As WOR-TV, the team' television broadcaster, began to be broadcast on cable starting that year via microwave relay throughout much of the Northeastern United States, it made the Mets the first major league team to broadcast its games via satellite to viewers outside its home city. Home and away games were aired on cable to regional viewers in this part of the country.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Former Yankee great Yogi Berra came out of retirement and signed with the Mets as player–coach. He played only four games, and on May 9, 1965, he appeared in his final game as a player. It was three days shy of his 40th birthday. He served as coach the rest of the way and proved to be a valuable asset to the team, especially with young talent like Jerry Grote coming up.

Following the 1964 season, the Milwaukee Braves sold pitcher Warren Spahn to the Mets. Braves manager Bobby Bragan predicted, "Spahnie won't win six games with the Mets." Spahn took on the dual role of pitcher and pitching coach in New York but won only four and lost twelve.[6] Spahn was put on waivers on July 15, 1965, and released on July 22, 1965. He immediately signed with the San Francisco Giants, with whom he finished the season.

Wes Westrum had joined the Mets as a coach in 1964 and became pitching coach in July 1965 after Spahn's release. When manager Casey Stengel fell and broke his hip on July 30th while celebrating his 75th birthday at Toots Shor's in Manhattan, pitching coach Wes Westrum was named interim manager, a position in which he served until Stengel formally retired on August 30th--Westrum then became the team's official manager.

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 97 65 0.599 50–31 47–34
San Francisco Giants 95 67 0.586 2 51–30 44–37
Pittsburgh Pirates 90 72 0.556 7 49–32 41–40
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 0.549 8 49–32 40–41
Milwaukee Braves 86 76 0.531 11 44–37 42–39
Philadelphia Phillies 85 76 0.528 11½ 45–35 40–41
St. Louis Cardinals 80 81 0.497 16½ 42–39 38–42
Chicago Cubs 72 90 0.444 25 40–41 32–49
Houston Astros 65 97 0.401 32 36–45 29–52
New York Mets 50 112 0.309 47 29–52 21–60

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1965 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team CHC CIN HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SF STL
Chicago 7–11 8–10 8–10 9–9 11–7–1 8–10 5–13 6–12 10–8–1
Cincinnati 11–7 12–6 6–12 12–6 11–7 13–5 8–10 6–12 10–8
Houston 10–8 6–12 5–13 4–14 14–4 6–12 8–10 3–15 9–9
Los Angeles 10–8 12–6 13–5 10–8 12–6 9–9 9–9 10–8 12–6
Milwaukee 9–9 6–12 14–4 8–10 13–5 6–12 9–9 10–8 11–7
New York 7–11–1 7–11 4–14 6–12 5–13 7–11–1 4–14 5–13 5–13
Philadelphia 10–8 5–13 12–6 9–9 12–6 11–7–1 8–10 8–10 10–7
Pittsburgh 13–5 10–8 10–8 9–9 9–9 14–4 10–8 11–7–1 4–14
San Francisco 12–6 12–6 15–3 8–10 8–10 13–5 10–8 7–11–1 10–8
St. Louis 8–10–1 8–10 9–9 6–12 7–11 13–5 7–10 14–4 8–10


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1965 New York Mets
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Chris Cannizzaro 114 251 17 46 .183 0 7 0
1B Ed Kranepool 153 525 44 133 .253 10 53 1
2B Chuck Hiller 100 286 24 68 .238 5 21 1
3B Charley Smith 135 499 49 122 .244 16 62 2
SS Roy McMillan 157 528 44 128 .242 1 42 1
LF Ron Swoboda 135 399 52 91 .228 19 50 2
CF Jim Hickman 141 369 32 87 .236 15 40 3
RF Johnny Lewis 148 477 64 117 .245 15 45 4

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Other batters[edit]

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

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Joe Christopher 148 437 38 109 .249 5 40 4
Billy Cowan 82 156 16 28 .179 3 9 3
Jesse Gonder 53 105 6 25 .238 4 9 0
Gary Kolb 40 90 8 15 .167 1 7 3
Yogi Berra 4 9 1 2 .222 0 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA BB SO
Jack Fisher 43 253.2 8 24 3.94 68 116
Al Jackson 37 205.1 8 20 4.34 61 120
Warren Spahn 20 126 4 12 4.36 35 56
Rob Gardner 5 28 0 2 3.21 7 19

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Galen Cisco 35 112.1 4 8 4.49 58
Gary Kroll 32 87 6 6 4.45 62
Tom Parsons 35 90.2 1 10 4.67 58
Carl Willey 13 28 1 2 4.18 13

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Larry Bearnarth 40 3 5 1 4.60 16
Gordie Richardson 35 2 2 2 3.78 43
Jim Bethke 25 2 0 0 4.28 19
Dennis Ribant 19 1 3 3 3.82 13
Dave Eilers 11 1 1 2 4.00 9

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League Sheriff Robinson and Kerby Farrell
AA Williamsport Mets Eastern League Kerby Farrell and Bunky Warren
A Auburn Mets New York–Penn League Clyde McCullough
A Greenville Mets Western Carolinas League Ken Deal
Rookie Marion Mets Appalachian League Pete Pavlick

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Warren Spahn page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Duke Carmel page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Gordie Richardson page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ George Altman page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Yogi Berra page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Daley, Arthur (July 16, 1965). "Strong Minded Spahn Ignoring Sign Posts of Retirement?". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 9, 2009.
  7. ^ a b Yogi Berra page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Nolan Ryan page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Nolan Ryan page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Jesse Gonder page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Billy Cowan page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ 1965 New York Mets page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

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