With work underway on compiling and updating American League stats through the month of June, it’s now time to reveal the AL award winners for the month. Like those in the National League, these players are the same who were announced as winning their respective awards back in 2001, after the June games had wrapped up. New to the list are winners for the three newly-created award categories: the Crystal Slugger Award (individual slugging percentage leader), the Barnes Memorial Trophy (highest batting average for the month), and the Bradley Memorial Trophy (lowest ERA for the month).
Player of the Month
Larry Hisle, MIL
Brewers outfielder/DH Hisle had a career month in June, going 46-for-108 for an average of .389, good for second-best in the AL. He also added eight doubles and nine home runs to his totals, and his 27 RBI tied for the league lead. He hit in all but two of the 29 games he played in during the month.
Pitcher of the Month
Ron Guidry, NY
Guidry continued his domination of the American League, improving to 14-1 on the year after going 4-1 for the month of June, with five complete games in five starts, three shutouts, and an ERA of 0.59. He allowed just three earned runs in those five starts, and had 27 strikeouts while walking only three.
Fire Chief Trophy
Reggie Cleveland, TEX
Rangers relief ace Cleveland went 1-0 and had five saves in twelve June appearances for Texas, after a lackluster 1-2 mark and one save through the first two months of the season. His two earned runs allowed over 29 innings pitched gave him an ERA of 0.69 for the month, and helped his season ERA drop to 1.65.
Crystal Slugger Award
Larry Hisle, MIL
Hisle scored his second award of June with an impressive .713 slugging percentage, besting the runner-up in that category by over 100 points. Hisle had 25 singles, eight doubles, and nine home runs in 108 at-bats for the month, and his HR total tied Don Baylor of California for the June lead.
Ross Barnes Memorial Trophy
Rusty Staub, DET
Designated hitter Staub, who has played in every Detroit game this season, went 39-for-99 for the month, leading the AL with a .394 mark. Not normally a high-average hitter, Rusty last finished a season above .300 in 1969; currently he’s hitting .332 for the Tigers for the SP78 season.
George Bradley Memorial Trophy
Ron Guidry, NY
No surprise here: Guidry’s 0.59 earned run average for June was the lowest in the American League, helped in part by his three shutouts in five starts; he allowed just three runs over 46 innings pitched. This is the second award won by Guidry this month, and his second Bradley award of the season.
Diamond Glove Award
Players with the least amount of errors at their positions
C – Thurman Munson, NY 3B – Graig Nettles, NY
1B – Chris Chambliss, NY OF – Rick Manning, CLE
2B – Duane Kuiper, CLE OF – Amos Otis, KC
SS – Rick Burleson, BOS OF – Al Cowens, KC
Iron Glove Award
Robin Yount, MIL
Brewers shortstop Yount, hampered by an injury suffered in late-May when he was struck in the shoulder by a line drive off the bat of Oakland’s Tony Armas, played in just 19 games in June; unfortunately, he also committed eight errors at the keystone position, leading the Junior Circuit.
Hothead of the Month Award
Larry Gura, KC
For whatever reason, KC starter Gura had a thorn up his backside during the month of June; in six starts, he was ejected three times, twice for defacing a ball while on the mound (and screaming obscenities at the umpires when caught), and once for shouting disrespectful comments towards the home plate umpire after being called for a balk the previous inning.
To see a complete list of award winners—for both leagues—for the first three months of the season, and to see photos of the trophies and plaques awarded, click on Statistics on the main page and select SP78 Awards in the drop-down box.