Thursday, April 21, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1976 ALAN BANNISTER

Alan Bannister’s actual rookie card would appear in the 1977 Topps set, as a member of the Chicago White Sox.
But I went and created a 1976 edition, with him as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, for whom he played during the 1975 campaign:


Bannister, who would go on to put in a solid 12-year pro career, appeared in 24 games for the Phillies in ‘75, hitting a respectable .262 with 16 hits over 61 at-bats as a young 23-year old.
As you may remember, he would go and put in over four years with the White Sox, followed by about the same with the Cleveland Indians before spending the 1984 and 1985 seasons in the Lone Star State, playing with both the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers, where he’d retire.
All told he ended up with a nice .270 career average, with 811 hits over 3007 at-bats. I never realized he ended up with that good an average for his career.

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  2. Bannister came up as a shortstop, but with Del Unser having been traded away to the Mets for Tug McGraw in the off-season, Bannister opened the 1975 season as the Phillies' starting center fielder. Like Larry Hisle 7 years before him, Bannister couldn't hold onto the job, and was returned to the minors. A month or so later, the Phillies got Garry Maddox from the Giants.

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  3. Great looking card. I made a 1975 and 1976 card for Bannister at
    http://www.johngysbeat.com/2015/08/cards-that-never-were-alan-bannister.html

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  4. Technically you could make a traded card of him also because he was involved in the Jim Kaat deal!

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  5. Where do you find the photos to make these cards?

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