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December 15 – Happy Birthday Stan Bahnsen

Bahnsen was a real cornhusker, who was born in Council Bluffs, IA, in 1944 and played baseball for the University of Nebraska. He earned AL Rookie of the Year honors in 1968 when he won 17 games in his first full season in pinstripes and posted an incredible earned run average of just 2.05 runs allowed per nine innings pitched. I remember that season well. The Yankees had finished in last place in 1966 and next to last the following year. When they added the 23-year-old Bahnsen to a starting rotation that already included Mel Stottlemyre and Fritz Peterson, who were both just 26-years old at the time, things finally began looking up for New York.

In doing research for this post, I came across a very funny story involving Stan. It seems that in addition to being a wife swapper, Fritz Peterson was one of the Yankee’s all-time practical jokers. He used to always carry a set of padlocks with him and one day, after the final game of a Yankee series, he padlocked Bahnsen’s buckled shoes together. There was a bus outside the stadium waiting to take the Yankees to the airport to catch a plane to LA. Manager Ralph Houk and a bewildered Bahnsen were the last two people in the Yankee locker room. When Houk saw Bahnsen sitting there with no shoes on he told him to finish dressing and get on the bus. When Bahnsen told him he couldn’t put on his shoes, Houk asked him why. When Bahnsen told him that Peterson had locked his footwear together, Houk just about had a fit.

Bahnsen won 37 more games as a Yankee starter during the next three seasons before being traded to the White Sox in 1972 for a guy named Rich McKinney. He proceeded to win 21 games during his first season in the Windy City. He then went 18-21 the following season and then his right arm began rebelling. He had pitched over 950 innings in four seasons in New York and then over 750 more during his first three years with the White Sox. He ended up his 16-year big league career in the bullpen, retiring after the 1982 season with a 146-149 record.

The “Bahnsen Burner” shares his December 15th birthday with this former Yankee first baseman  Also, at the end of yesterday’s PBB post recognizing John Anderson, who was the first native Norwegian born Yankee,  I asked who was the second Yankee to be born in Norway and gave the hint that he had been catcher Bill Dickey’s backup for most of the thirties. The correct answer is Arndt Jorgens.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1966 NYY 1 1 .500 3.52 4 3 1 1 0 1 23.0 15 9 9 3 7 16 0.957
1968 NYY 17 12 .586 2.05 37 34 3 10 1 0 267.1 216 72 61 14 68 162 1.062
1969 NYY 9 16 .360 3.83 40 33 4 5 2 1 220.2 222 102 94 28 90 130 1.414
1970 NYY 14 11 .560 3.33 36 35 0 6 2 0 232.2 227 100 86 23 75 116 1.298
1971 NYY 14 12 .538 3.35 36 34 2 14 3 0 242.0 221 99 90 20 72 110 1.211
16 Yrs 146 149 .495 3.60 574 327 90 73 16 20 2529.0 2440 1127 1013 223 924 1359 1.330
MON (5 yrs) 21 22 .488 3.93 204 26 60 3 1 17 437.0 421 212 191 47 168 249 1.348
NYY (5 yrs) 55 52 .514 3.10 153 139 10 36 8 2 985.2 901 382 340 88 312 534 1.231
CHW (4 yrs) 55 58 .487 4.08 135 130 3 31 6 0 818.1 861 412 371 68 340 410 1.468
OAK (3 yrs) 15 16 .484 3.53 67 32 17 3 1 1 265.0 236 113 104 20 93 152 1.242
CAL (1 yr) 0 1 .000 4.66 7 0 0 0 0 0 9.2 13 6 5 0 8 5 2.172
PHI (1 yr) 0 0 1.35 8 0 0 0 0 0 13.1 8 2 2 0 3 9 0.825
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/29/2014.