1965 A K.C. Athletics publicity stunt makes the great Satchel Paige baseball’s oldest performer. At ffity-nine, Paige hurls the first three innings against the Red Sox, gets a strikeout, and allows one hit, to Carl Yastrzemski, in his first MLB appearance since 1953.
George Brett of the Royals hit his 300th career home run in the sixth inning of Kansas City’s 7-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Brett joined Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Willie Mays and Al Kaline as the only players with at least 3,000 hits and 300 homers at that time.
Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in their first year of eligibility. Bench and Yaz, who faced each other in the classic 1975 World Series, each spent their entire careers (40 years combined) with one club. Bench set new standards for catchers both offensively (348 home runs) and defensively (10 straight Gold…