Floyd Bannister

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Floyd Franklin Bannister (born June 10, 1955 in Pierre, South Dakota) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. During a 15-year baseball career, he pitched for the Houston Astros (1977–78), Seattle Mariners (1979–82), Chicago White Sox (1983–87), Kansas City Royals (1988–89), California Angels (1991), and the Texas Rangers (1992).


In 1973, as a high school senior, Bannister led his Kennedy High School team to a state championship, pitching 15 wins and 0 losses with a season ERA of 0.00.Seattle Times, 2003 May 29,

Bannister went on to attend Arizona State University, where he was named college player of the year by The Sporting News as a junior. This led to his selection by the Houston Astros as the first overall pick of the 1976 amateur draft.

After pitching just seven games in the minors in , Bannister opened the season with the Astros. He appeared in 24 games with an 8-9 record and a 4.04 earned run average. He spent one more season with the Astros before being traded to the Seattle Mariners. He spent four years in Seattle, with his last year there being perhaps his best. Bannister also played in the 1982 All-Star Game, and set a career high with 209 strikeouts.

After that season, Bannister became a free agent, signing with the Chicago White Sox. He spent five seasons there as a solid starting pitcher. He then moved on to the Kansas City Royals, where he had another solid season in . However, in June he suffered an...
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