Ah, the last part of the season. Many years, much is at stake. That was true in 1965 but not for the Milwaukee Braves.
Los Angeles clinches the National League pennant October 2, 1965 on the next to last day of the season at Dodger Stadium. Sandy Koufax gets his 26th victory, defeating the Milwaukee Braves in the clincher, 2-1. The Dodgers, who win 14 their last 15 games, finishes the campaign with a 97-65 record, two games ahead of the second-place Giants.
The 1965 Milwaukee Braves season was the 13th and final season for the franchise in Milwaukee before moving to Atlanta for the following season along with the 95th season overall. The Braves finished the season with a record of 86–76, 11 games behind the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
Having finished the season with a winning record for the 13th year in a row, the Braves never had a losing season during their time in Milwaukee. The Braves were managed by Bobby Bragan, while they played their home games at County Stadium.
As a result, Milwaukee would not have another MLB team for the remainder of the decade. Their next team would arrive when the Seattle Pilots of the American League moved there in 1970, and became the Brewers.
Also in 1965:
- May 23, 1965: Lee Maye was traded by the Braves to the Houston Astros for Ken Johnson and Jim Beauchamp.
- June 8, 1965: Duffy Dyer was drafted by the Braves in the 38th round of the 1965 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign.
- July 21, 1965: Gary Kolb was traded by the Braves to the New York Mets for Jesse Gonder.
- August 5, 1965: Billy Cowan was traded by the New York Mets to the Milwaukee Braves for players to be named later. The Braves completed the deal by sending Lou Klimchock and Ernie Bowman to the Mets on September 25.
- September 1, 1965: The Braves traded a player to be named later to the Houston Astros for Frank Thomas. The Braves completed the deal by sending Mickey Sinnerud (minors) to the Astros on September 11.