Highly touted in college, Bannister was the Phillies' first-round pick in the 1973
draft. Although versatile (he played every position but pitcher and catcher) he never
lived up to his college raves and was rarely a regular. Only once, as the 1977 White
Sox' shortstop, did he play in over 100 games at a position, and then he led all
AL shortstops in errors (40).
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»December 10, 1975: Bill Veeck and assistant Roland Hemonds set up shop in the hotel lobby at the winter meetings with a sign saying "open for business" and start dealing, making seven trades in two days. First to go is pitcher Jim Kaat and SS Mike Buskey to the Phillies. The Sox receive pitchers Dick Ruthven and Roy Thomas along with OF/INF Alan Bannister.
»June 24, 1983: Milwaukee's Don Sutton strikes out Alan Bannister in the 8th inning of a 3–2 win over Cleveland to become the 8th pitcher in ML history with 3,000 career strikeouts. County Stadium is packed with 46,037 fans for the game, mostly to welcome back popular OF Gorman Thomas, who was traded to Cleveland earlier this month.