The Dodgers return to Minnesota today for the first time since the 1965 World Series and former outfielders Lou Johnson and Willie Davis are expected to take part in special pregame ceremonies at the Metrodome. Johnson hit a home run in the deciding Game 7 of the World Series and Davis went 5-for-12 with three stolen bases in Games 3-4-5 at Los Angeles.
The 1965 World Series against the Twins’ mirrored the Dodgers’ Fall Classic 10 years earlier against the New York Yankees. In both matchups, the Dodgers lost the first two games of the series on the road; won three straight games in their home ballpark; wasted a chance to clinch the Series by losing Game 6; and finally won the deciding game. And both Game 7 efforts were complete-game 2-0 victories from left-handers who were named the MVP of their respective Series – Johnny Podres in 1955 and Koufax in 1965.
When Minnesota hosted the annual All-Star Game in 1985, Koufax and former Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew were named honorary team captains.