Bankhead was the major leagues' first black pitcher, but enjoyed little success at
that level. He pitched a no-hitter for Nashua in 1948, and, in his first big league
at-bat, homered off Pittsburgh's Fritz Ostermueller.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 26, 1947: Recently signed by the Dodgers, former Memphis Red Sox (Negro League) P Dan Bankhead becomes the first black ML hurler. The Pirates rock Bankhead for 10 hits and eight runs in three 1/3 relief innings, but Bankhead joins a small list of players who homer in their first ML at bat. Bankhead's home run, off Fritz Ostermueller, is the only one he'll hit in the majors. Pittsburgh wins 16–3.
»May 20, 1950: Three Dodger relief hurlers, Ralph Branca, Jack Banta, and Dan Bankhead, combine to pitch 9 2/3 innings of no-hit ball, as Brooklyn beats Pittsburgh 4–3 in 11 innings.