Oct. 5, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State baseball pitching legend Eddie Bane has been named the new scouting director for the Anaheim Angles.
Bane had been serving as a special assistant to the general manager for the Devil Rays for the past five seasons. He also had worked as a national cross checker and major league scout for the Dodgers for 11 years, and he also worked as a minor league manager and pitching coach for the Indians and Dodgers.
In his three seasons with the Sun Devils (1971-73), the left-handed pitcher was 40-4 with a 1.64 ERA and is still regarded as one of the best college pitchers of all-time. He still holds the school record for strikeouts in a career with 535, a mark that also ranks third in NCAA history. He led the nation in strikeouts in 1972 (213) and 1973 (192). A first-team All-American in 1973, Bane is also third in ASU history with 40 wins, second with 11 shutouts and recorded 27 complete games during his career. Bane also authored the only perfect game in Sun Devil Baseball history on Mach 2, 1973 against Cal State Northridge.
Bane made his name as a pitcher, as he jumped straight to the majors after being drafted out of Arizona State in the first round by the Twins in 1973 (11th overall selection). He went 7-13, 4.66 for the Twins in three seasons. He never again pitched in the majors, as he bounced around the White Sox, Royals and Cubs minor league systems for five more seasons.
Bane is one of 34 former Sun Devil baseball players that are part of the Arizona State University Athletic Hall of Fame (inducted in 1978) and his No. 21 is one of only 13 honored numbers that line the Packard Stadium fence.