Eddie Bane Pitches a Perfect Game

ed. – This was originally posted in 2007. Bane is currently a scout for the Detroit Tigers.

March 2, 1973

Eddie Bane, then pitching for Arizona State, pitched a perfect game against Cal State Northridge, the only perfect game in ASU history. He went on to lead his team to the College World Series, where the Sun Devils were runners-up to champion USC for the second straight year. As a result of his dominant season, Bane was voted the Sporting News Player of the Year in 1973.

Bane finished his college career with a 41-4 record and a then NCAA record 505 strikeouts. On June 7, 1973, the Minnesota Twins made Eddie Bane their number 11 pick in the amateur draft. Three days later Bane would shut out the Dave Winfield and the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a College World Series game.

Due in part to fledgling attendance, Twins’ owner Calvin Griffith put Bane on the fast track to the big club, skipping the minor leagues all together and taking the same direct route to the majors as three other players in the draft: #1 overall pick David Clyde of Texas, Dave Winfield with San Diego, and Robin Yount with Milwaukee. In total, 18 players have made the jump directly from the draft to the majors.

Bane, $50,000 richer due to his signing bonus, made his debut on July 4, 1973 in front of a record Met crowd of 45,890 paid. Bane pitched seven innings, allowing one run on three hits, though he ultimately earned a no-decision in a game the Twins lost to the Kansas City Royals. Bane would bounce between the majors and the minors for a couple of years before ending his major league career after the 1976 season with a career 0.9 WARP3.

Eddie Bane is currently the Director of Scouting for the LA Angels (here is an interesting roundtable discussion involving Bane on the subject of Moneyball).

Other References:

“Padres expected to draft shortstop”. New York Times June 5, 1973.

Reusse, Patrick. “Bane’s debut magic; a record crowd came to the Met to see a college phenom’s start on July 4, 1973”. Star Tribune July 5, 2003.

Walsh, Jim, “Bane fondly remembers standing ovation in debut for Twins”. Star Tribune April 19, 1987

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