After a 6th place finish in 1964 the 1965 Dodgers would not be the only team in a 5 team race for the NL pennant.
April 12: In the season opener the Dodgers beat the Mets 6-1 in New York.
April 20th: Dodgers lose the home opener 3-2 to the Mets at Chavez Ravine before 36,161.
May 13th: Koufax pitches a three hitter over Houston 3-0 at Dodger Stadium.
May 17th: Dodgers played their 1st game in the Astrodome baseball’s first indoor stadium and won 5-3 in 11 innings.
May 19th: Dodgers take 2 out of three from Houston 4-2 in 11 innings.
May 22nd: Koufax strike out 12 cubs with a 3-1 win in Chicago.
May 25th: Don Drysdale pitches a one hitter beating the Cardinals 2-0 at Dodger Stadium.
May 29-30th: Drysdale strikes out 12 batters beating the braves 5-3, Koufax strikes out 13 batters beating the Reds 12-5 both games at Dodger Stadium.
By June the Dodgers were 31-17 and lead a 5 game lead in the NL race.
June 20th: Koufax strikes out 12 Mets beating them 2-1 at Chavez Ravine.
June 25th: Koufax strikes out 12 batters beating the Pirates 4-1 at Dodger Stadium.
July 27th: Wills extends his hitting streak to 20 games beating the Reds 9-7 at Dodger Stadium.
August 5th: Koufax strikes out 12 batters beating the Braves 6-3 in Milwaukee.
August 10th: Koufax wins his 20th over the Mets 4-3 at Dodger Stadium striking out 14.
When September arrived the Dodgers and 4 other teams were in a heated race for the NL pennant.
September 9: Koufax pitches the only perfect game in Dodgers history beating the Cubs 1-0. “It’s 9:46 p.m. 2-2 to Harvey Kuenn one strike away, Sandy into his windup here’s the pitch… SWONG ON AND MISSED A PERFECT GAME!!!”
By mid-September the Dodgers fell into 3rd place with 16 games left.
September 17th: Dodgers start their long winning streak beating the Cardinals 2-0 with Drysdale winning his 20th.
September 25th: The streak would be at 8 when Koufax strikes out 14 batters over the Cardinals 2-0 his season strikeout total was at 358.
September 28th: The streak would be at 11 and sole possession of 1st place beating the reds 1-0.
October 2nd: Dodgers clinched the NL pennant by 2 games beating the Braves 3-1 while Koufax won his 26th striking out 13.
October 6th: Dodgers faced the Twins in the 1965 World Series game one in Minnesota losing 8-2.
October 7th: Koufax pitched game 2 but lost 5-1 trailing the series 2-0.
October 9th: Game 3 at Dodger Stadium Claude Osteen pitched a 4-0 shutout.
October 10th: Game 4 Drysdale struck out 11, Ron Fairly drove in three runs, Lou Johnson and Wes Parker Homered, a 7-2 Dodger victory evened the series at 2 apiece.
October 11th: Game 5 Koufax pitched a 7-0 shutout to lead the series 3-2 Wills collected four hits.
October 13th: Game 6 With a chance to wrap up the series Dodgers lose 5-1.
October 14th: Game 7 Alston took a gamble and started Koufax with only 2 days rest but pitched a three hitter and a Lou Johnson HR gave the Dodgers their third World Championship in Los Angeles beating the twins 2-0.
Koufax won the second of this three CY Young awards.
Dodgers won 97 games that year by only 2 games to win the NL pennant.