Remembering 1965 – Part 16 – Injuries abound, Nossek, Valdespino, new LF stands, Zimmerman, Sain, Kosco

Sam Mele (14), incensed over Bill Valentine's decision at first base strikes a fighter's pose in the sixth inning og game one at Met Stadium July 18. Attempting to break up the melee are Rich Rollins (glasses), Twins third baseman and pitcher Jim Kaat. The incident cost Mele a $500 fine and a five-day suspension.

Sam Mele (14), incensed over Bill Valentine’s decision at first base strikes a fighter’s pose in the sixth inning og game one at Met Stadium July 18. Attempting to break up the melee are Rich Rollins (glasses), Twins third baseman and pitcher Jim Kaat. The incident cost Mele a $500 fine and a five-day suspension. Minnesota Twins Manager Sam Mele is getting every kind of help from his womenfolk. The day he got a telegram from the American League notifying him that he had been fined $500 for a set-to with umpire Bill Valentine, Mrs. Mele observed complacently that, with the $500 she had won on a quiz show earlier this season, they had just broken even between the two of them. Then she volunteered to go on television again. About the same time, Mrs. Anthony Mele, 73-year-old mother of Sabath Anthony, was explaining to reporters why she is rooting for the Twins to win the pennant rather than the White Sox, coached by her brother, Tony Cuccinello. “Sam’s family needs the money more,” she said. But Mele’s wife retained the helpfulness title. The Meles are expecting, along with a World Series and a new house, a new baby in the first week of October. Mrs. Mele promised: “I’ll be with Sam at Metropolitan Stadium for the World Series if I have to have the baby on the mound.”

 

I am way behind in sharing 1965 Sporting News articles about the Twins. To try to get caught up I am just going to list them here and you can check them all out. There is a lot of good information out here and if you are interested in reviving your memories of the 1965 All-Star game then you might want to pay particular attention to the July 24 issue.

 

Sporting News July 3, 1965 P11

Sporting News July 10, 1965 P11

Sporting News July 10, 1965 P27

Sporting News July 17, 1965 P5

Sporting News July 17, 1965 P6

Sporting News July 17, 1965 P7

Sporting News July 17, 1965 P9

Sporting News July 17, 1965 P10

Sporting News July 17, 1965 P20

Sporting News July 24, 1965 P5

Sporting News July 24, 1965 P6

Sporting News July 24, 1965 P8

Sporting News July 24, 1965 P14

Sporting News July 24, 1965 P35

Sporting News July 31, 1965 P7

At the end of July the Twins found themselves in first place in the American League with a 65-37 record and had a six game lead over the Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Indians. After 102 games the Twins had scored 501 runs and given up 393 runs. The Twins were well on their way to winning the 1965 AL pennant.

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