Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Repack Haiku #33 (Alan Bannister)

Alan Bannister
A former first round draft pick
Killed a man on field

1981 Topps #632 Alan Bannister

Holy cow, the things you discover while researching a player! According to Wikipedia:

"In July 1972, as an amateur, Bannister accidentally killed an opposing player during a game. Bannister was a participant in a Baseball Federation tour of Japan, and while attempting to complete a double play during a game against a Japanese team, he made a throw to first base which struck the head of Akira Toumon advancing from first base to second base. Toumon was knocked unconscious, and he later died at the hospital as a result of cerebral contusion."


  1. That is nuts. I remember many a coach teaching to throw through the runner, he'll get out of the way.

  2. What? ... That should be on the back of his baseball cards.