Bill Singer was named Pitcher of the Month for the second time this season, and this month, his success on the mound translated into team success in the standings. The Dodgers were baseball’s hottest team in July, and had inched ahead in the NL West by month’s end. Singer’s success this season has helped the Dodgers overcome an injury plagued 1969 from ace Don Drysdale. In July, Singer went a perfect 5-0 with a 2.11 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 55.1 innings pitched. For the season, Singer has a 15-6 record and a 2.55 ERA. Singer was also named National League Pitcher of the Month two months ago for May.
In Washington, it was anticipated that rookie manager Ted Williams would aid the Senator batters, but Dick Bosman has blossomed under Williams’ tutelage. Bosman won only three of four decisions, but his July ERA was a sparkling 1.54. Like Singer, Bosman led the Senators to a surge in the standings as Washington finished the month with the second-best record in the league, 21-10. Bosman opened the season in the Senators’ pen, but on June 18, Williams moved Bosman into the rotation. Since then, Bosman has flourished and been a major contributor to Washington’s success.