September 11, 2017
One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1960s (Part 1)
(Note: Last year, I wrote "One Entire Season of Baseball From the 1970s," reviewing the 1971 season. My goal is to repeat the exercise every summer, selecting a different decade. We'll present the 1960s version Monday through Thursday this week, five teams at a time, introducing each team with salient figures from their season.)
1965: The Backdrop
Lyndon Johnson was inaugurated as president following a landslide electoral victory. Malcolm X was assassinated two weeks before Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. Over the six-day Watts Riots, 34 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured. The Social Security Act of 1965 (establishing Medicare and Medicaid) and Voting Rights Act were signed into law. The Indo-Pakistani War was fought. Ed White performed the first American spacewalk during Gemini 4. Muhammad Ali became the heavyweight champion by knocking out Sonny Liston one minute into their bout.
My Fair Lady won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered, and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction was the no. 1 single. Singapore became an independent nation. The Beatles performed the first stadium concert ever at Shea Stadium. Amid growing Vietnam War protests, president Johnson signed a law criminalizing the burning of draft cards. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis was completed. J.K. Rowling and Craig Biggio were born, and Branch Rickey and Moonlight Graham died.