Dodgers Clinch Pennant on Koufax Four-Hitter


This Week in 1960s Baseball

(10/2/1965) Winning 14 of their last 15 games, the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the National League pennant on the next-to-last day of the season.

Sandy Koufax (left) outdueled Tony Cloninger 3-1 to raise his record to 26-8 and clinch the 1965 National League pennant for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Sandy Koufax (26-8) defeated the Milwaukee Braves in the clincher, 3-1, at Dodger Stadium.

Jim Gilliam scored the game’s first run in the first inning on a wild pitch by Braves starter Tony Cloninger (24-11). The Braves tied the game in the top of the fourth inning on a Gene Oliver home run, his twenty-first of the season.

The Dodgers scored two runs in the fifth inning on consecutive bases-loaded walks by Cloninger.

In pitching his twenty-seventh complete game of the 1965 season, Koufax allowed only four hits and struck out 13, raising his season total to 382, a new major league record.


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