Boston teams at Fenway Park did not fare too well in 1965. The Red Sox lost 100 games, their highest total in three decades, while the Boston Patriots won only once at the ballpark.
Record: 62-100, 9th in American League
Manager: William J. Herman
The 1965 Red Sox were led by former Cub Billy Herman and lost an even 100 games. They had one flash of preseason glory when they hit 10 home runs in an exhibition game on March 26 against the Indians in Nogales, Mexico.
Tony Conigliaro, who released his first single before the season, hit a league-leading 32 home runs in 1965. Three of those homers were hit during a July 27 doubleheader at Fenway Park.
Carl Yastrzemski was the only regular to hit over .300 and he hit for the cycle on May 14. Second baseman Felix "The Cat" Mantilla led the team with 92 RBIs. The pitching staff showed a glimpse of promise with a 23-year-old rookie, Jim Lonborg, although he ended up with a 9-17 record in his first year. Earl Wilson led the starters with 13 victories, while Bill Monbouquette and rookie Dave Morehead posted identical 10-18 records. The highlight of the year came on September 16, when Cleveland's Luis Tiant matched up with Morehead in front of 1,247 on a Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park. In his 2-0 win over Tiant, Morehead no-hit the Indians and finished the game by fielding a Vic Davalillo come-backer and tossing the ball to first for the final out.
The Red Sox led the league in slugging percentage but also set a new record for men left on base in a single season: 1,183. Boston finished in ninth place, a full 40 games behind the pennant-winning Minnesota Twins.
Though technically not a physical component of Fenway Park, the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square made its debut in 1965 and has remained a visible landmark for both the ballpark and the neighborhood ever since. The sign replaced the Cities Service sign, which had been in the location since 1940, when Cities Service started to market itself using the Citgo name and symbol in 1965. The double-sided sign was equipped with blinking red, white, and blue neon tubing and can be still be seen over the left-field wall today.
In 1965, the University of Connecticut battled Holy Cross at Fenway Park in the NCAA District One Playoffs. The teams split a doubleheader on June 3 before UConn took the rubber match the next day to advance to the College World Series.
|1965 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park|
|June 3||University of Connecticut 7, Holy Cross 4 (NCAA District One Playoffs)*|
|June 3||Holy Cross 5, University of Connecticut 0 (NCAA District One Playoffs)*|
|June 4||University of Connecticut 7, Holy Cross 0 (NCAA District One Playoffs)*|
|August 4||William Randolph Hearst Sandlot Tournament: Sunday Advertiser All-Stars 8, Record American All-Stars 2|
|August 4||William Randolph Hearst Sandlot Tournament: Sunday Advertiser All-Stars 12, Record American All-Stars 5|
|August 5||William Randolph Hearst Sandlot Tournament: Record American All-Stars 8, Sunday Advertiser All-Stars 6|
|August 5||William Randolph Hearst Sandlot Tournament: Record American All-Stars 4, Sunday Advertiser All-Stars 1|
* Fenway Park was an occasional site for the NCAA District One Baseball Playoffs, which decided who went to the College World Series in Omaha, NE.
After two solid seasons at Fenway Park, the Boston Patriots slumped to a disappointing 4-8-2 record in 1965. Emblematic of this frustrating year, the Patriots didn't win at Fenway Park until their seventh and final home game against the Oilers on December 18.
|1965 Non-Baseball Events At Fenway Park|
|January 27||Junior Goodwill Dinner*|
|September 24||Denver Broncos 27, Boston Patriots 10 (Football)|
|October 8||Oakland Raiders 24, Boston Patriots 10 (Football)|
|October 17||San Diego Chargers 13, Boston Patriots 13 (Football)|
|November 7||Buffalo Bills 23, Boston Patriots 7 (Football)|
|November 14||New York Jets 30, Boston Patriots 20 (Football)|
|November 21||Kansas City Chiefs 10, Boston Patriots 10 (Football)|
|December 18||Boston Patriots 42, Houston Oilers 14 (Football)|
*For several years, Fenway Park hosted a Junior Goodwill Dinner that brought hundreds of local high school students to the ballpark. The tradition was started by Red Sox legend Joe Cronin and the event typically took place in late January.