Oakland’s Reggie Jackson and San Francisco’s Willie McCovey were named Batters of the Month for July, 1969 for their respective leagues. It was not the first time the Bay Area had celebrated such an occasion for in April, 1968, Oakland’s Rick Monday and San Francisco’s Jim Ray Hart won the award. McCovey may be en route to Most Valuable Player honors as this is the second consecutive month he was named Batter of the Month.
In July, McCovey’s numbers dropped from his blistering June, but were still meritorious. McCovey belted 9 homers and drove in 22 runners with a .337 average and a .721 slugging percentage. His biggest day came on July 17 against the Dodgers when he hit two home runs and scored four times in a 9-7 win. That win moved the Giants to within a half game of first place just before the All-Star Break.
In Oakland, everyone has been waiting for Jackson’s potential to finally shine through. After a slow start, Jackson began heating up in June and exploded in July. Reggie socked 9 home runs to bring his season total to 29 while batting .330 for the month with an impressive .466 on-base percentage and .708 slugging percentage. The A’s stock is rising in the AL West, but they remain a distant second behind the red-hot Minnesota Twins.