The Atlanta Braves climbed on the backs of their NL West brethren during the month of September to win the division, and the Big Man who led the way was Rico Carty who batted a sizzling .481 for the month. Carty slugged 8 home runs and drove in 28 as the Braves went 21-6 during the final month of the season to finish two games ahead of San Francisco. Carty’s teammate, Hank Aaron, also hit 8 home runs for the month and received consideration for the award as did the Giants’ Bobby Bonds who became the first player in baseball history to record 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a season.
In the American League, Harmon Killebrew drew the headlines as he surged ahead of Washington’s Frank Howard for the home run crown with 13 September clouts finishing with 56 home runs. But, Boston’s Rico Petrocelli was named September Batter of the Month with his .300 average, 10 home runs and 24 RBI. Petrocelli, the All Star Game MVP, was also named Batter of the Month in May.