Dan Bankhead - 1951 Bowman

Daniel Robert Bankhead (1920-1976) hit a home run in his first Major League at-bat off Pittsburgh Pirates Fritz Ostermueller. It was the only home run Bankhead hit in his three-year, 52-game career. However, Dan’s role in baseball lore was much more significant as he became the first black pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball when his Brooklyn Dodgers faced those same Pirates on August 26, 1947. Before joining the Dodgers organization in 1947, Bankhead posted a 15-4 (unofficial) record in the Negro Leagues with the Birmingham Black Barons and Memphis Red Sox. After signing with the Bums and spending the tail end of the season with the big club, including the playoffs, he was sent to the minors where he went 44-12 with Nashua, St. Paul and Montreal. He also served as a pinch runner in Game 6 of the 1947 World Series, scoring a run against the New York Yankees. Dan played only three seasons in Dodger blue (1947, 1950-1951) going 9-5 with 111 strikeouts, two complete games and four saves while posting a 6.52 ERA in 13 starts and 21 games finished.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
3 NM-MT+ 8.5
4 NM-MT 8 (57)

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