The Baltimore Orioles are laying waste on their American League competition, but it will mean nothing until the AL pennant is flying again over Memorial Stadium. In the meanwhile, the Oriole players are collecting monthly accolades like a ten-year-old boy collects baseball cards. This time, Frank Robinson is honored with American League Batter of the Month laurels. F-Robby hit 12 home runs along with a cool .348 average in 112 August at-bats. His Orioles posted an impressive 23-8 mark for the month, the third time the Birds have eclipsed the .700 winning percentage for a month of play. On the mound, teammate Mike Cuellar was named Pitcher of the Month for a second time this season. Other notable batters for August were Oakland teammates Reggie Jackson and Sal Bando who both hit .342 with 9 home runs for the month.
In the senior circuit, a familiar name in a new setting was honored as NL Batter for August. Rusty Staub made the headlines this spring over his trade from Houston to Montreal. Five months later, Rusty is making headlines once again, but now for his play on the field. The 24-year-old Staub, quickly becoming a fan favorite in Montreal, batted .342 in August with 7 home runs and 21 RBI for a Montreal team that won only 11 games on the month. Staub beat out San Francisco slugger Willie McCovey who belted 10 home runs in August as the Giants caught up with the Dodgers in the wild NL West.