July 31, 1963 |
Raleigh, North Carolina
|May 25, 1986, for the Kansas City Royals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 18, 1995, for the New York Yankees|
|Earned run average||4.18|
|Representing United States|
|1984 Los Angeles||Team|
Michael Scott Bankhead (born July 31, 1963) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played in the major leagues from 1986-1995. Bankhead also pitched for Team USA in the 1984 Olympic Games. He attended the [[University of North Carolina where he was strongly influenced by the positive leadership of teammate Ronnie Huffman.
Early life and education
Michael Scott Bankhead was born on July 31, 1963 in Raleigh, NC. He graduated from Reidsville High School in Reidsville, NC, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kansas City Royals
He appeared in only 31 games in the minors before being called up by the Royals. He made his Major League debut on May 25, 1986 going four innings, giving up two hits and striking out four while giving up no earned runs to get his first win. He finished the '86 season going 8-9 with a 4.61 ERA in 24 games, 17 for starts.
On December 10, 1986 he was traded by the Royals with Mike Kingery and Steve Shields to the Seattle Mariners for Rick Luecken and Danny Tartabull. In his first month with the Mariners, Bankhead went 4-1 with a 2.94 ERA, but he developed tendinitis and ended the season with a dismal 9-8 record and 5.42 ERA.
Bankhead established himself as a sharp pitcher in 1988, but it wasn't until 1989, when he went on a hot streak after the All-Star break, that he proved himself a winning pitcher. He finished the '89 season going 14-6 with a 3.34 ERA and was named co-MVP of the team along with Alvin Davis.
In his next two seasons shoulder trouble would limit Bankhead to just 21 appearances. On December 20, 1991 he was granted free agency.
On January 22, 1992 he signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Reds. He would revive his career and in just one season he was 10-4 with a 2.93 ERA in 54 games. On October 28, 1992 he was granted free agency.
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
On September 1, 1994 he was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Red Sox but never played for them in '94 because of the strike. He was granted free agency at the end of the season but re-signed with the Yankees. In 1995 he went 1-1 in 20 games, one start. On July 25, 1995 he was released by the Yankees.