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1965 St. Louis Cardinals season


1965 St. Louis Cardinals season

This article is about the Major League Baseball team. For the National Football League team, see 1965 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season.

Template:MLB yearly infobox-pre1969 The 1965 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 84th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 74th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 80-81 during the season and finished seventh in the National League, 16½ games behind the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. It was also the last full season for the original Busch Stadium.


Regular season

The mid-1960s saw changes both on the field and off - all while retaining the core of a remarkable successful franchise and its renewed popularity in St. Louis. Schoendienst's replacement of Keane had been preceded a few weeks earlier by general manager Bing Devine's firing, the redemption of the final pennant drive having come too late to assuage owner August Busch's dwindling patience. Devine was replaced by Bob Howsam, who made a number of moves to shore up a talented but aging team which struggled through the 1965 campaign, finishing mired in 7th place at 80-81. A capable GM if not Devine's equal, Howsam made some moves that worked - and some that did not. Howsam traded aging veterans Bill White, Dick Groat, and utility catcher Bob Uecker to Philadelphia in return for Pat Corrales, Art Mahaffey, and Alex Johnson. Popular third baseman Ken Boyer was dispatched to the Mets in exchange for pitcher Al Jackson. Finally, pitcher Ray Sadecki was traded to the Giants for first baseman Orlando Cepeda in 1966. The latter moves worked better than the former, but the Cardinals still finished in 6th place in 1966, resulting in Howsam's replacement by none other than Cardinals legend Stan Musial. Musial's most notable move was to acquire Yankees' star Roger Maris.

Pitcher Bob Gibson, first baseman Bill White, and outfielder Curt Flood won Gold Gloves this year.

Season standings

National League W L GB Pct.
Los Angeles Dodgers 97 65 -- .599
San Francisco Giants 95 67 2 .586
Pittsburgh Pirates 90 72 7 .556
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 8 .549
Milwaukee Braves 86 76 11 .531
Philadelphia Phillies 85 76 11.5 .528
St. Louis Cardinals 80 81 16.5 .497
Chicago Cubs 72 90 25 .444
Houston Astros 65 97 32 .401
New York Mets 50 112 47 .309

Opening Day starters

Notable transactions


1965 St. Louis Cardinals
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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
1B White, BillBill White 148 543 157 .289 24 73
CF Flood, CurtCurt Flood 156 617 191 .310 11 83

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


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
Gibson, BobBob Gibson 38 299 20 12 3.07 270

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

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
Briles, NelsonNelson Briles 37 3 3 4 3.50 52
Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton 15 0 0 0 2.52 21
Aust, DennisDennis Aust 6 0 0 1 4.91 7

Awards and honors

League leaders

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Jacksonville Suns International League Grover Resinger
AA Tulsa Oilers Texas League Vern Rapp
A Raleigh Cardinals Carolina League Ray Hathaway
A Cedar Rapids Cardinals Midwest League Ron Plaza
A Rock Hill Cardinals Western Carolinas League Sparky Anderson
Rookie FRL Cardinals Florida Rookie League George Kissell


External links

  • 1965 St. Louis Cardinals
  • 1965 St. Louis Cardinals team page at
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