Bannister played for 12 seasons, serving as a utility man for five teams, from 1974-1985. In 972 games he hit .270 with 19 home runs and 108 stolen bases. Bannister broke in with the Philadelphia Phillies but did not see any serious action until he joined the Chicago White Sox in 1976. He hit .275 and scored 87 runs in 139 games for the Sox in 1977 and posted a .285 average with 22 steals in 1979. Chicago traded him to the Cleveland Indians in the middle of the 1980 season. Bannister hit .328 in 81 games for the Tribe and while his average remained close to .300, his playing time began to diminish through the early 1980’s. He ended up spending time with the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers before his career ended.
On June 9, 1977 at Arlington Stadium, Bannister banged out five hits while playing for the White Sox against the Rangers. He finished the game with two RBIs and a run scored, helping Chicago to a 4-3 win. Of his five hits four came off Rangers’ starter Gaylord Perry. The fifth hit came in the 11th inning off Texas reliever Adrian Devine.
Alan Bannister – career stats