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Stan Bahnsen

Stan Bahnsen
Born: (1944-12-15) December 15, 1944 (age 71)
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 9, 1966 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1982 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Win–loss record 146–149
Earned run average 3.60
Strikeouts 1,359
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Career highlights and awards

Stanley Raymond Bahnsen (born December 15, 1944) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Nicknamed the "Bahnsen Burner," he once made 118 starts over a three-year stretch while playing with the Chicago White Sox in the mid-1970s.


New York Yankees

Bahnsen was drafted out of the University of Nebraska by the New York Yankees in the fourth round of the 1965 Major League Baseball Draft. After two seasons in the minor leagues, in which he went 12-9 with a 2.87 earned run average, he received his first call up to the majors in September

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After arriving at camp late due to an army commitment, Bahnsen was given a second chance at a roster spot in

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Bahnsen spent three more seasons with the Yankees, never matching his rookie success. Perhaps the most famous moment of his Yankee career from that point forward was a brawl with the Cleveland Indians Vada Pinson in which he was knocked down with one punch.[3] Following the

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Chicago White Sox

White Sox manager Chuck Tanner employed a unique strategy with his starting rotation for the

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The next season, Bahnsen made 42 starts, however his record dipped to 18-21 as the White Sox finished the season in fifth place. In one of those 18 wins, a 4-0 shutout over the Cleveland Indians on August 21 at Municipal Stadium, Bahnsen had a no-hitter broken up with two out in the ninth on a single by former teammate Walt Williams.[4][5]

Bahnsen made another 35 starts for the White Sox in

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Oakland Athletics

After going 6-7 with a 3.24 ERA for the A's in 1975, he was reunited with former White Sox manager Chuck Tanner for

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Montreal Expos

After making 22 starts for the Expos in 1977, Bahnsen became a full-time reliever in

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Career twilight

The Expos released Bahnsen at the end of Spring training, just as the

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Shortly afterwards, he signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, and went 4-3 with a 4.89 ERA for the triple A Oklahoma City 89ers. He appeared briefly with the Phillies that September, giving up just two earned runs in 13.1 innings pitched. After going 0-3 with a 9.59 ERA for the Pacific Coast League's Portland Beavers in

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For his career, Bahnsen posted a 146-149 record. Other statistics: 574 games, 327 games started, 73 complete games, 16 shutouts, 90 games finished, 20 saves, 2,529 innings pitched, 2,440 hits allowed, 1,127 runs allowed, 1,013 earned runs allowed, 223 home runs allowed, 924 walks (59 intentional), 1,359 strikeouts, 34 hit batsmen, 89 wild pitches, 10,701 batters faced, three balks and a 3.60 ERA. Bahnsen has a career .117 batting average, and has driven in nineteen runs. His only career home run came on August 19, 1979 against the Atlanta Braves' Tony Brizzolara.[7]

In 1992 Bahnsen played for the Dutch Major League Team Haarlem Nicols in Haarlem, The Netherlands. (In 1994 the legendary Haarlem Nicols will be declared bankrupt. The pay of the players will cost the club dearly. One of the big names that have played for the Haarlem Nicols is Stan Bahnsen. He played one season with the club in 1992. (source:)

Career after baseball

Bahnsen works with the promotions department of MSC Cruises seeking and securing retired major league players to participate in activities on cruise ships such as autograph and story-telling sessions. He also works with 640 AM, a south Florida radio station that broadcasts Yankee games.


  1. ^ "Yanks' Stan Bahnsen Rookie of Year". The Tuscaloosa News. November 20, 1968. 
  2. ^ "New York Yankees 1, Boston Red Sox 0". August 1, 1968. 
  3. ^ "Pinson Lands Haymaker on Bahnsen". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 25, 1970. 
  4. ^ "Stan's balloon was pierced by Williams". Edmonton Journal. Associated Press. 22 August 1973. p. 77. Retrieved 26 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Chicago White Sox 4, Cleveland Indians 0". August 21, 1973. 
  6. ^ "Royals Win as Fists Fly". The Milwaukee Sentinel. May 24, 1974. 
  7. ^ "Montreal Expos 5, Atlanta Braves 1". August 19, 1979. 

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