Dec. 29, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. - As we count down the final days of 2008, TheSunDevils.com and Arizona State Baseball countdown the Top 12 Sun Devil Baseball moments of 2008.
#7- Eddie Bane and Floyd Bannister Inducted Into College Baseball Hall of Fame
Former Arizona State University pitchers Eddie Bane and Floyd Bannister were inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in July as part of the third annual induction class. They join Sun Devil coaching legends Bobby Winkles and Jim Brock as well as former Golden Spikes Award winner Bob Horner in the College Baseball Hall of Fame, tying ASU with Texas for the most Hall of Fame members with five.
Bane pitched at Arizona State from 1971 to 1973, going 40-4 in his career with a 1.64 ERA. The lefthander threw 27 complete games and 11 shutouts during his collegiate career, helping lead the Sun Devils to the College World Series in 1972 and 1973. He struck out 535 batters in 379.1 innings pitched, including a career-high 21 against LaVerne in 1972. He threw the only perfect game in Arizona State baseball history on March 2, 1973, striking out 19 batters in a 9-0 win over Cal State Northridge. His 535 strikeouts is still a school record, and his 40 career wins are the third-most in ASU history. Bane was twice named an All-American and was the 11th overall pick in the 1973 Major League Draft by the Minnesota Twins. He played three seasons in the Majors and is currently the Director of Scouting for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He had his #21 retired by Arizona State University on February 16, 2000.
Bannister wore the Maroon and Gold from 1974 to 1976, going 38-6 with a 1.88 ERA. His 29 career complete games are the second-most in school history, as are his 478 strikeouts. Bannister holds the ASU single-season records for ERA (1.45 in 1976), strikeouts (217 in 1975), shutouts (four in 1976), complete games (17 in 1976) and he is tied with Kendall Carter for the wins mark (19 in 1976). He was twice named a First-Team All-American and was a member of College World Series teams in 1975 and 1976. Bannister was the first overall pick in the 1976 Major League Baseball draft, going to the Houston Astros. He played 15 seasons in the big leagues, including making the All-Star team in 1982. His #19 was retired by Arizona State University on January 18, 1997.
The College Baseball Hall of Fame opened in 2006, and both Horner and Winkles were part of the 10-member inaugural induction class. Brock was inducted in 2007, with Bane and Bannister joining them this year. ASU is one of only three schools to have at least one inductee in each of the first three classes, joining Texas and Oklahoma State.