Alan Bannister

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Alan Bannister
Utility player
Born: (1951-09-03) September 3, 1951 (age 63)
Montebello, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 13, 1974 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1985 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
Hits 811
Home runs 19
Batting average .270

Alan Bannister (born September 3, 1951 in Montebello, California)[1] is a retired professional baseball player who played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1974–75), Chicago White Sox (1976–80), Cleveland Indians (1980–83), Houston Astros (1984) and Texas Rangers (1984–85). He was a utility player during his major league career.


Highly touted in college, Bannister was the Phillies' first-round pick in the 1973 draft. Although versatile (he played every position but pitcher and catcher) he never lived up to his college raves and was rarely a regular.[2] Only once, as the 1977 White Sox' shortstop, did he play in over 100 games at a position, and then he led all AL shortstops in errors (40). He led the American League in sacrifice flies (11) in 1977.

In 12 major league seasons he played in 972 games and recorded 3,007 at bats, 430 runs, 811 hits, 143 doubles, 28 triples, 19 home runs, 288 RBI, 108 stolen bases, 292 walks, with a .270 batting average, .334 on-base percentage and a .355 slugging percentage.

After his Major League playing career he managed the Rockford Expos, a Montreal Expos affiliate in the Midwest League, during the 1988 season where they had an 84-56 win-loss record.

In July 1972, as an amateur, Bannister accidentally killed an opposing player during a game. Bannister was a participant in a Baseball Federation tour of Japan, and while attempting to complete a double play during a game against a Japanese team, he made a throw to first base which struck the head of Akira Toumon advancing from first base to second base. Toumon was knocked unconscious, and he later died at the hospital as a result of cerebral contusion.[3]


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