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|Born: June 17, 1932|
|September 24, 1957, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 18, 1965, for the Washington Senators|
|Earned run average||4.44|
Bennie Daniels Jr. (born June 17, 1932), is an American former professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1957–1960) and Washington Senators (1961–1965). During his playing days, Daniels stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m), weighing 193 pounds (88 kg). He threw right-handed and batted left-handed. During his 9-year big league career, Daniels compiled 45 wins, 471 strikeouts, and a 4.44 earned run average (ERA).
Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Daniels began his career in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, in 1951, with the Great Falls Electrics of the Pioneer League. After spending the 1953–1954 seasons in military service, he continued to move up, through Pittsburgh’s farm system. After a good 17–8 season with the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League, the Bucs called Daniels up, in September 1957.
On December 16, 1960, Daniels was involved in one of the first trades made by the expansion Washington Senators. The 4-player deal sent pitcher Bobby Shantz to the Pirates for Daniels and two others, infielders Harry Bright and R. C. Stevens.
After retiring from baseball, Daniels moved to Compton, California, with his wife, Jimmie Sue Daniels. He has two children, Michael and Vickie Daniels. Bennie Daniels’ daughter, Vickie died, in September 2017. He has two granddaughters, Lauren Oliva — a 6th grade teacher — and Jessica Burnette — a hospice nurse. Bennie Daniels’ great-grandson, Christopher, currently plays at MLB Urban Youth Academy, in Compton, California. Bennie Daniels also has two great-granddaughters, Olivia Lee and Hailey. He currently resides in Compton, California.
- "Bennie Daniels Stats". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
- "Bennie Daniels Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
- "Brooklyn Dodgers 2, Pittsburgh Pirates 0". retrosheet.org. Retrosheet. September 24, 1957. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet
- Bennie Daniels at SABR (Baseball BioProject)
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