Blue Moon Odom Stats

Blue Moon Odom was born on Tuesday, May 29, 1945, in Macon, Georgia. Odom was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 5, 1964, with the Kansas City Athletics. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Blue Moon Odom baseball stats page.

"There aren't many pitchers of any age who are tougher (than Blue Moon Odom). Most guys who throw real hard throw straight. The harder they throw, the straighter the ball gets. Odom throws hard, but his ball always moves. The harder he throws, the more it moves. I think he's the best young pitcher in baseball." - Al Kaline in Sport (September 1969)
Blue Moon Odom

Blue Moon Odom Autograph on a 1975 Topps Baseball Card (#69 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1975top01' title='1975 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Blue Moon Odom Autograph on a 1975 Topps Baseball Card (#69 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Johnny Lee Odom
Nickname:
Blue Moon
Born On:
05-29-1945  (Gemini)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Macon, Georgia
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Ballard Hudson High School (Macon, GA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
09-05-1964 (Age 19)
Last Game:
08-17-1976
Draft:
Not Applicable / Signing Bonus = $75,000
Blue Moon Odom

Blue Moon Odom Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1964 19 Athletics 5 5 0 1 2 .333 10.06 1 1 0 17.0 91 29 19 21 5 11 0 10 5 0 0 -
1965 20 Athletics 1 0 0 0 0 .000 9.00 0 0 0 1.0 7 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 -
1966 21 Athletics 14 14 0 5 5 .500 2.49 4 2 0 90.1 387 70 25 31 1 53 2 47 7 2 0 -
1967 22 Athletics 29 17 6 3 8 .273 5.04 0 0 0 103.2 467 94 58 67 9 68 7 67 7 3 0 -
1968 23 Athletics 32 31 0 16 10 .615 2.45 9 4 0 231.1 950 179 63 74 9 98 9 143 17 7 0 -
1969 24 Athletics 32 32 0 15 6 .714 2.92 10 3 0 231.1 965 179 75 87 15 112 5 150 13 6 1 -
1970 25 Athletics 29 29 0 9 8 .529 3.80 4 1 0 156.1 688 128 66 77 14 100 1 88 14 8 0 -
1971 26 Athletics 25 25 0 10 12 .455 4.29 3 1 0 140.2 630 147 67 78 13 71 7 69 6 0 0 -
1972 27 Athletics 31 30 0 15 6 .714 2.50 4 2 0 194.1 804 164 54 62 10 87 2 86 5 3 0 -
1973 28 Athletics 30 24 4 5 12 .294 4.49 3 0 0 150.1 658 153 75 86 14 67 3 83 8 2 1 -
1974 29 Athletics 34 5 7 1 5 .167 3.81 1 0 1 87.1 384 85 37 39 4 52 3 52 4 3 0 -
1975 30 Athletics 7 2 0 0 2 .000 12.27 0 0 0 11.0 59 19 15 15 1 11 1 4 1 1 0 -
1975 30 Indians 3 1 1 1 0 1.000 2.61 1 1 0 10.1 42 4 3 3 1 8 0 10 0 0 0 -
1975 30 Braves 15 10 1 1 7 .125 7.07 0 0 0 56.0 263 78 44 46 5 28 0 30 4 0 1 -
1976 31 White Sox 8 4 2 2 2 .500 5.79 0 0 0 28.0 133 31 18 21 2 20 0 18 1 1 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
13 Years 295 229 21 84 85 .497 3.70 40 15 1 1,509.0 6,528 1,362 620 708 103 788 40 857 92 36 3 -
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Blue Moon Odom Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1964 19 Athletics 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000
1965 20 Athletics 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1966 21 Athletics 17 31 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 16 1 0 0 0 .097 .176 .097
1967 22 Athletics 33 28 4 8 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 14 0 0 0 0 .286 .310 .321
1968 23 Athletics 42 78 14 17 2 0 1 0 2 6 0 29 4 0 1 0 .218 .282 .282
1969 24 Athletics 43 79 15 21 2 1 5 0 16 2 0 24 8 0 1 0 .266 .293 .506
1970 25 Athletics 37 54 8 13 2 0 3 0 7 3 0 18 1 0 0 1 .241 .281 .444
1971 26 Athletics 37 50 8 8 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 24 1 0 0 1 .160 .192 .260
1972 27 Athletics 59 66 16 8 1 0 2 0 2 1 0 29 5 0 0 0 .121 .134 .227
1973 28 Athletics 51 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1974 29 Athletics 43 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1975 30 Athletics 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1975 30 Indians 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1975 30 Braves 15 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 .077 .077 .154
1976 31 White Sox 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
13 Years 402 405 76 79 9 2 12 0 31 19 0 163 21 0 2 2 .195 .235 .316
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Blue Moon Odom Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1964 Athletics P 5 5 51 5 1.0 4 2 2 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .800 2.12
1965 Athletics P 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1966 Athletics P 14 14 271 33 2.4 32 12 20 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .970 3.19
1967 Athletics P 29 17 311 29 1.0 26 9 17 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .897 2.26
1968 Athletics P 32 31 694 55 1.7 53 10 43 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .964 2.06
1969 Athletics P 32 32 694 63 2.0 59 27 32 4 4 n/a n/a n/a .937 2.30
1970 Athletics P 29 29 469 56 1.9 52 22 30 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .929 2.99
1971 Athletics P 25 25 422 40 1.6 34 15 19 6 3 n/a n/a n/a .850 2.18
1972 Athletics P 31 30 583 55 1.8 48 15 33 7 2 n/a n/a n/a .873 2.22
1973 Athletics P 30 24 451 32 1.1 28 8 20 4 3 n/a n/a n/a .875 1.68
1974 Athletics P 34 5 262 28 0.8 23 7 16 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .821 2.37
1975 Athletics P 7 2 33 4 0.6 3 1 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .750 2.45
1975 Indians P 3 1 31 1 0.3 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.87
1975 Braves P 15 10 168 18 1.2 17 11 6 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .944 2.73
1976 White Sox P 8 4 84 5 0.6 3 1 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .600 0.96
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 295 229 4,527 425 1.4 384 141 243 41 21 n/a n/a n/a .904 2.29
13 Years 295 229 4,527 425 1.4 384 141 243 41 21 n/a n/a n/a .904 2.29
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Blue Moon Odom Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1964 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.3 0.0 0.91 5.29 5.82
1965 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 18.00
1966 Athletics 0 0 .000 1 2 n/a 0.0 1.9 15.5 0.89 4.68 5.28
1967 Athletics 0 1 .000 0 4 n/a 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.99 5.82 5.90
1968 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 10 n/a 78.0 2.7 39.0 1.46 5.56 3.81
1969 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 11 n/a 15.8 3.3 4.9 1.34 5.84 4.36
1970 Athletics 1 0 1.000 0 8 n/a 18.0 3.0 7.7 0.88 5.07 5.76
1971 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 12 n/a 50.0 2.1 50.0 0.97 4.41 4.54
1972 Athletics 4 2 .667 0 28 n/a 33.0 2.3 33.0 0.99 3.98 4.03
1973 Athletics 1 2 .333 1 20 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.24 4.97 4.01
1974 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 9 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 5.36 5.36
1975 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.36 3.27 9.00
1975 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.25 8.71 6.97
1975 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.6 13.0 1.07 4.82 4.50
1976 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.90 5.79 6.43
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
13 Years 6 5 .545 2 105 0 33.8 2.5 13.1 1.09 5.11 4.70
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Blue Moon Odom Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1964 Kansas City Athletics 13 Undetermined - -
1965 Kansas City Athletics 13 Undetermined - -
1966 Kansas City Athletics 13 Undetermined - -
1967 Kansas City Athletics 13 Undetermined - -
1968 Oakland Athletics 13 Undetermined Stats -
1969 Oakland Athletics 13 Undetermined Stats -
1970 Oakland Athletics 13 Undetermined - -
1971 Oakland Athletics 13 Undetermined - -
1972 Oakland Athletics 13 Undetermined - Stats
1973 Oakland Athletics 13 Undetermined - Stats
1974 Oakland Athletics 13 Undetermined - Stats
1975 Oakland Athletics 13 Undetermined - -
1975 Cleveland Indians 13 Undetermined - -
1975 Atlanta Braves 13 Undetermined - -
1976 Chicago White Sox 13 Undetermined - -


Did you know that in the past fifty-years just under thirty ballplayers have appeared in a game as a pinch runner more than one-hundred times during their career and only one of them, Blue Moon Odom, was a pitcher (he appeared in 402 total games / 295 games as pitcher + 105 games as a pinch runner + 2 games as a pinch hitter)? Odom's American League leading twenty-eight pinch running appearances in 1972 is the most by a pitcher in a season and one of the only known record setting instances in baseball history where a pitcher led the league in pinch running appearances.

Did you know that Blue Moon Odom was part of the first combined no-hitter in Chicago White Sox history (the thirteenth in franchise history)? On July 28, 1976 , Blue Moon pitched the first five innings of that historic no-no and less than a month later he ended his big league career. Baseball Almanac is honored to present this exclusive description of that combined no-hitter researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), originally appearing in his book No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Blue Moon Odom, Francisco Barrios', Page 386):

Blue Moon Odom, Francisco Barrios No Hitter (Box Score: 07-28-1976 )

Two hurlers on the fringe of the Chicago White Sox pitching staff combined for the second group no-hitter in two years at Oakland Coliseum. A scant crowd of 3,367 was on hand to watch the fifth place Chisox humble the second-place Oakland Athletics in a battle of the AL West teams.

Righthander Blue Moon Odom, who pitched with the A's from 1964 until mid-1975, but had been in the minors earlier in 1976, got a measure of revenge in his first starting assignment against his old team. Odom pitched five innings, but walked nine while striking out three.

He was followed on the hill by righthander Francisco Barrios , who struck out two and walked two in four innings.

Plagued by wildness throughout, Odom was bailed out by three White Sox double plays. He gave up one run in the fourth after a leadoff walk to Billy Williams . After a one-out walk to Gene Tenace and a forceout at second, the A's tried a double steal. Catcher Jim Essian's throw went into center field, allowing Williams to score an unearned run.

Odom was lifted in the sixth after throwing one pitch. Barrios entered, and after walking Williams and Sal Bando , retired 11 batters in a row. He got help in the eighth from Jorge Orta's running catch of Bert Campaneris ' fly to deep left and Bucky Dent's fine play on Joe Rudi's grounder.

Second baseman Jack Brohamer raced in to field Sal Bando's slow roller and throw him out leading off the ninth. Barrios then closed out the A's with his fourth hitless inning.

The White Sox scored once in the second on a double play by Jim Spencer and single by Dent . Spencer broke the tie with a home run in the sixth.

Charlie Finley himself signed Blue Moon Odom while he was still in high school (Source: Southern League: A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South , Grand Central Publishing, 05/14/2013, Chapter 30 'Blue Moon Odom'). A contract that included a $75,000 signing bonus ($5,000 went to his mother's church), a promise to make his first professional start in his hometown of Macon (with the Birmingham Barons), and a new candy-apple-red / four-on-the-floor Ford Galaxy.

Last-Modified: August 21, 2018 10:52 AM EST

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