(Pictured: Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves, center, gets caught off third base by a pack of Los Angeles Dodgers on September 21, 1965.)
September 22, 1965, was a Wednesday. Pakistan agrees to a cease-fire in its war with India, which Pakistan started with a surprise attack on September 1. Pakistani Foreign Minister Bhutto demands voters in Muslim-majority Kashmir be permitted to decide whether to remain part of India or become part of Pakistan. In addition to fighting a two-front war with Pakistan, India has also been on the verge of war with China. Reports yesterday indicated that India had begun to remove troops from the border with Tibet, as China had demanded, although Indian officials denied that a withdrawal had begun. In New York City, seven of the city’s eight daily newspapers remain shut down as reporters continue a strike that began last week and other unionized workers refuse to cross picket lines. The New York Post, which is not affected by the strike, has doubled its press run, but to fill the void, radio and TV stations have expanded news coverage, and some out-of-town papers are being sold in the city. An Associated Press story published around the country reports that subway riders are not sure how to act without a newspaper to distract them from fellow passengers. In California, migrant workers are on strike for higher wages, threatening the harvest of grapes and other farm products.
In major-league baseball today, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Braves 7-6 in 11 innings at Milwaukee County Stadium. It seems likely that this is the last game for the Braves in Milwaukee before they move to Atlanta in time for the 1966 season. The win pulls the Dodgers to within two games of the National League-leading San Francisco Giants, who lost to the Cincinnati Reds 7-1. In the AL, the front-running Minnesota Twins lose to the second-place Baltimore Orioles 5-2, but the Twins still lead by eight games. They haven’t clinched the pennant yet, but it’s getting close. Future Twins pitcher Mark Guthrie is born. In London, Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen bring their son Zac home from the hospital nine days after his birth.
On TV tonight, a number of new shows that premiered last week air their second episodes, including Gidget, The Big Valley, I Spy, Lost in Space, and Green Acres. Elvis Presley continues work on his next film, Paradise Hawaiian Style. Jazz players Wes Montgomery and Wynton Kelly complete work on a new album, which will be titled Smokin’ at the Half Note and released later this year. Dean Martin headlines the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. At the Coffee Gallery in San Francisco, the Great Society, featuring lead singer Grace Slick, plays its first gig. Elsewhere in San Francisco, the Jefferson Airplane opens for Lightning Hopkins at the Matrix.
At WMCA in New York, “Yesterday” and “Help” by the Beatles are both in the Top 10, at #1 and #7 respectively. Also in the Top 10 is Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction,” which was #1 last week, along with the McCoys’ “Hang on Sloopy,” “You Were on My Mind” by We Five, “The In Crowd” by Ramsey Lewis, the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody,” and Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street” debuts on the station’s Good Guys Top 57 survey all the way up at #24; “Everybody Loves a Clown” by Gary Lewis and the Playboys is red-hot right behind it at #25, up from #46 last week. Across the country at KHJ in Los Angeles, “The In Crowd” is #1 on the Boss 30 for a second week. “Yesterday,” which is shown as being by Paul McCartney, is up to #3, and “Help” is at #8. The hottest record at KHJ is “Keep on Dancing” by the Gentrys, up from #29 last week to #14 this week.
Perspective From the Present: Milwaukee Braves ownership started thinking about a move to Atlanta in 1963, and wanted to be there for the 1965 season, but were forced to keep playing in Milwaukee while legal wrangling continued. Braves games were broadcast in Atlanta in 1965. The last legal roadblock wasn’t removed until shortly before the 1966 season began. The scars left by the drawn-out battle over the future of the Braves lasted a long time in Wisconsin, even after the Brewers began play in 1970.
I knew nothing about anything that happened on this day, for I had been in kindergarten for less than a month, and my world was much, much smaller.
2 thoughts on “September 22, 1965: Three Strikes and You’re Out”
The Braves leaving for Atlanta felt like my heart was yanked out. Brooklynites and New Yorkers got similar treatment after 1957 season when the Dodgers and Giants headed west. You lived and died with your ballclub, and, they’re gone. Eerie feeling, empty stadium.
Thanks to a combination of Sally Fields’ ongoing career and maybe the franchise itself, Gidget has got to stand out as one of the best-known TV series to run only one year, at least among the Baby Boomer/Gen X set like myself. It did well enough in summer reruns after cancellation to encourage ABC to give Sally a second chance in 1967 with The Flying Nun, and the rest is infamy, er, history.