The next player up for my ongoing "1976 Project" for "Reader Jim" is former pitcher Eddie Bane of the Minnesota Twins.
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Bane didn't play much during the 1975 season, but this being Jim's project I created the card at his request.
For the '75 season Bane appeared in four games, all starts, and posted a 3-1 record with a 2.86 earned run average and 14 strikeouts in 28.1 innings of work.
As we all know, Bane, who starred on his college team at Arizona State was was named to the All-America team, was drafted 11th overall in the 1973 amateur draft and went right to the Majors without any Minor League time.
It didn't help much, as the young arm posted a 0-5 record with a 4.92 ERA over 23 games, six of which were starts.
After playing in the Minors the entire 1974 season, he made those aforementioned four starts in 1975 before putting in the most time in any one season in 1976, appearing in 17 games, 15 of which were starts, logging 79.1 innings pitched.
He'd finish the year at 4-7 with a 5.11 ERA, but it would mark the last action he'd see on a Major League mound, as he'd go on to pitch in the Minor Leagues another four years before retiring as a player for good in 1980.
All told Bane finished his Big League career with a 7-13 record, with a 4.66 ERA and 80 strikeouts over 44 games and 168 innings pitched.