Thursday, January 22, 2015

#361 Scott Bankhead

About the Front: Cincinnati is probably one of the most frequently misspelled city names in the country. Luckily for Scott Bankhead, whoever lettered the Reds' away jerseys was on point.

About the Back: Scott tied John Hoover, the Orioles' first-round pick in 1984, for the Southern League strikeout crown in 1985. But Hoover's big league career consisted of a cup of coffee with the Rangers in 1990.

Triple Play:

1. 1984 was a great year for Bankhead, as he went 11-0 for the University of North Carolina and 1-0 with an 0.93 ERA for the USA Olympic Team.

2. The Royals traded him to Seattle in the deal that sent Danny Tartabull to Kansas City.

3. Scott was the only Mariners pitcher to win double-digit games in 1989, when he went a career-best 14-6 with a 3.34 ERA.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: "Bankhead" was a name that tickled my funny bone. It's like somebody just mashed together the first two things they saw. Try it. Gary Booknose. Joe Mugphone.

Bill James Said: "A useful pitcher in a middle relief role, could probably be a starter if his arm and back would hold up, but they won't."

On This Date in 1993: January 22. The Reds sign Jamie Quirk, 38-year-old veteran catcher. He will not make the club, and will end his 18-year big league career.

1 comment:

  1. I had Scott Bankhead on my APBA team in the late 80s and early 90s. Too bad he couldn't stay healthy.