Dodger Dope – May 5, 1965

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May 5, 1965

* The Dodgers, winners of six straight, have climbed their way into the embryonic pennant chase when May Day struck them with an impact. Tommy Davis, sliding into second in the eighth inning of a bitter battle with the Giants, fractured his right ankle. First reports were that he would be out “at least three months.” The tragic injury struck at the heart of the Dodgers and silenced a throng of more than 55,000 Ladies Night enthusiasts. Despite the setback, the Dodgers won three in a row from the Giants for the first time in a couple of years. Davis appeared to be on his way to a resurgence following an off year in 1964, after leading the majors in batting in 1962 and ’63. Davis had an eight game hit streak in place before the injury, bringing his average to .304.

* The Dodgers cut down to the regular season limit of 25 players a week early – although not entirely voluntarily. First, they sent righthanded pitcher Joe Moeller out to Spokane (Coast) so he could get some work. Then, Tommy Davis was injured putting him out for most of the season. When the club departed for its second trip, outfielder Dick Smith was sold to Spokane and infielder Nate Oliver was also optioned there. The fifth man, 18 year old Dennis Daboll, was sacrificed in the first-year draft and picked up by Cincinnati for $8,000. That pruned the roster to 23, and to make up for the loss of Davis, two outfielders – right handed Lou Johnson and left handed Derrell Griffith – were brought up from Spokane.

* Maury Wills stole his eleventh base, May 5, placing him ten games ahead of his record 1962 pace. When Wills and the Giants’ Willie Mays handed their batting orders to umpire Al Barlick, April 29, it marked the first time in major league history that opposing team captains were Negroes.

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