Catfish Hunter became the third member of the A’s to lose his appendix when he was operated on in Boston, July 26. Hunter has returned home and probably will be able to resume pitching in about three weeks. Jay Hawkins, the A’s road secretary, and Bill Jones, the trainer, were both stricken with appendicitis and underwent surgery earlier this season.
The surgery sidelined the A’s staff leader, but the A’s continue to bring up bright young mound stars. Jim Nash, 21, has won three of four decisions since being promoted prior to the All-Star Break. On July 30, the A’s recalled John ‘Blue Moon’ Odom, 19, from Mobile. Control problems held Odom back, but he showed improved control at Mobile and this led to the A’s decision to bring him up. He was up with Kansas City twice previously. Gil Blanco was also called up July 30 from Mobile. He was obtained by the A’s in a June trade with the Yankees. Blanco, a lefthander, has an overpowering fast ball and the only question to be resolved is his control. Blanco walked six in four and two-thirds innings in his first start against the Tigers, July 31.