Mickey Mantle finished off a strong season with his best month of the year in September. He and teammate Lou Gehrig were neck-and-neck as the most productive hitters over the final month, and the Mick provides much more defensive value and speed than Gehrig.
Mantle just hit and hit all month, but his finest day came on September 11 with the Yankees hosting the Blue Jays. Mantle rapped five hits, two of which were homers. Here is his September by the numbers:
PA BB H 1B 2B 3B HR AVG OBP SLG WOBA WRC 140 19 42 29 7 0 6 .347 .436 .554 .429 29
Full slate of players of the month this season:
April: Tris Speaker, BOS
May: Lou Gehrig, NY
June: Craig Biggio, HOU
July: Frank Thomas, CHI
August: Ty Cobb, DET
September: Mickey Mantle, NY
Cy Young became the only player to win more than one player/pitcher of the month honor. Having just won the prize in August, Young reeled off another remarkable month in September. It started with a relative down game for Young on September 4th. He had pitched his team to a 2-1 lead against Cleveland in the ninth inning, but the Naps got to him for two runs in that final frame to beat him. It was the only one of his final 10 starts in which he gave up more than one run.
Then on the 9th, Young was masterful for 10 full innings and gave up just one run in a victory over Detroit. It might have been his finest game of the year. He walked one and struck out six.
Next up, Young swatted down Chicago on the 14th with a dominant nine inning, one run game. Same nine innings and one run against Anaheim on the 19th. On the 25th, Young again only yielded one, though this time in a scandalously short seven inning start that still ended in a win over New York. In his final regular season start of the year, he returned to his usual nine innings/one run dominance, this time winning over Oakland.
IP R ER HR BB SO ERA TRA FIP RSAA 53 8 7 1 9 30 1.19 1.36 2.53 15
All the pitchers of the month this year:
April: Johan Santana, MN
May: Pedro Martinez, BOS
June: Ed Walsh, CHI
July: Smoky Joe Wood, BOS
August: Cy Young, BOS
September: Cy Young, BOS