There was plenty of change on the pitching mound during the 1969 season, and we’re not just referring to the change in height. Many new names and faces populated the Pitcher of the Month list, and the season’s final month proved no different introducing a third Mets pitcher to the list, Gary Gentry, and Oakland’s John “Blue Moon” Odom.
In the National League, Gentry received the nod over Atlanta’s Phil Niekro by finishing September with a 4-1 record, 1.06 ERA and .863 WHIP. Gentry struck out 42 over 51 innings of work. Niekro went undefeated at 6-0 during the Braves’ September warpath, but the voters added Gentry to the list of Seaver and Koosman of Mets’ Pitcher of the Month award winners for 1969.
In the American League, Blue Moon Odom capped his breakout 20-win season with a 3-0 September. Odom recorded a 0.84 ERA, 0.75 WHIP in 32 innings of September work for the two-time All Star. Odom received the nod over a pair of Kansas City Royals’ pitchers, Bill Butler and Wally Bunker. Butler nearly reached legendary status in the final months of 1969 with his ten-inning no hitter on August 31. Butler complemented that no-hit effort with a 3-1 September, a 1.91 ERA and .879 WHIP. Teammate Wally Bunker, the former 19-year-old Oriole rookie standout in 1964, was 3-2 for September with a 2.91 ERA and .886 WHIP in 46.1 innings.