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1965 World Series 1965 World Series

Sandy Koufax pitches two shutouts!

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Dodgers, Koufax Halt Twins in 1965 World Series
The public was surprised to see baseball's dominance of the New York Yankees finally end. Although, at the time no was could be sure if it was just a pause with an off-year or the start of something new. The Yankees had won 14 of the last 16 American League pennants and captured nine World Series Crowns along-the-way.

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Contrasting teams faced off in the 1965 World Series. The Minnesota Twins powered by the long ball and a league leading .254 team batting average battled the pitching-rich Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Twins were led by batting-stars Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Zoilo Versalles. The Dodgers by legend Sandy Koufax 26-8, and his major league leading 382 strikeouts, and Don Drysdale, who went 23-12.

Koufax, scheduled to pitch the World Series Opener, sat out Game 1 in observance of a Jewish holiday. Dodger manager Walter Alston then turned to Don Drysdale, who was shelled 8-2, with Zoilo Versalles 3-run homer highlighting the game.

Koufax shutout the Twins in Game 5 as the Dodgers won 7-0.

In Game 6, Minnesota's pitcher Jim 'Mudcat' Grant single-handedly beat the Dodgers 5-1 in a complete game win, and blasted a 6th inning 3-run home run to-boot.

In Game 7, it was Koufax again, hurling another complete game shutout, 2-0, as Los Angeles won its second World Championship in the last three years.


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