1965 New York Mets season

1965 New York Mets season

The 1965 New York Mets season was the 4th 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.

Offseason

Regular season

Former Yankee great Yogi Berra came out of retirement and signed with the Mets as player–coach. He would only play 4 games, and on May 9, 1965 he appeared in his final game as a player. It was 3 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.[5] 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 Casey Stengel was injured on August 30, 1965 and stepped down as skipper, Westrum became manager.

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

Notable transactions

Roster

1965 New York Mets
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

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 Cannizzaro, ChrisChris Cannizzaro 114 251 17 46 .183 0 7 0
1B Kranepool, EdEd Kranepool 153 525 44 133 .253 10 53 1
2B Hiller, ChuckChuck Hiller 100 286 24 68 .238 5 21 1
3B Smith, CharleyCharley Smith 135 499 49 122 .244 16 62 2
SS McMillan, RoyRoy McMillan 157 528 44 128 .242 1 42 1
LF Swoboda, RonRon Swoboda 135 399 52 91 .228 19 50 2
CF Hickman, JimJim Hickman 141 369 32 87 .236 15 40 3
RF Lewis, JohnnyJohnny Lewis 148 477 64 117 .245 15 45 4
[11]

Other batters

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
Christopher, JoeJoe Christopher 148 437 38 109 .249 5 40 4
Cowan, BillyBilly Cowan 82 156 16 28 .179 3 9 3
Gonder, JesseJesse Gonder 53 105 6 25 .238 4 9 0
Kolb, GaryGary Kolb 40 90 8 15 .167 1 7 3
Berra, YogiYogi Berra 4 9 1 2 .222 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 BB SO
Fisher, JackJack Fisher 43 253.2 8 24 3.94 68 116
Jackson, AlAl Jackson 37 205.1 8 20 4.34 61 120
Spahn, WarrenWarren Spahn 20 126 4 12 4.36 35 56
Gardner, RobRob Gardner 5 28 0 2 3.21 7 19

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
Cisco, GalenGalen Cisco 35 112.1 4 8 4.49 58
Kroll, GaryGary Kroll 32 87 6 6 4.45 62
Parsons, TomTom Parsons 35 90.2 1 10 4.67 58
Willey, CarlCarl Willey 13 28 1 2 4.18 13

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
Bearnarth, LarryLarry Bearnarth 40 3 5 1 4.60 16
Richardson, GordieGordie Richardson 35 2 2 2 3.78 43
Bethke, JimJim Bethke 25 2 0 0 4.28 19
Ribant, DennisDennis Ribant 19 1 3 3 3.82 13
Eilers, DaveDave Eilers 11 1 1 2 4.00 9

Farm system

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
[12]

Notes

References

  • 1965 New York Mets
  • 1965 New York Mets team page at www.baseball-almanac.com