Dan Bankhead was born on 3rd May 1920 in Empire, Alabama where he spent most of his childhood playing baseball enthusiastically with his family.
After College, Dan went on to pursue his interest in Baseball and thus began playing in Negro league baseball for Brimingham Black Barons. Later he went on to play for the Memphis Red Sox from 1940 to 1947. After having a very good beginning at Brimingham and Memphis, Dan went on to play in the MLB . He was signed by Major League Baseball’s Brooklyn Dogers at the age of 24. He made his debut in MLB on 26th August 1947 for Dodgers farm system. He went on to play fantastically and appreciated a lot. Dan gradually began leading the Negro League with average batting 395. He went on to hit a home run in his first major league bat on 26th August 1947 in the Ebbets Field off Fritz Ostermueller of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Not only that, Dan went on to give ten hits in 3-1/3 innings pitching in relief that day. His season was fantastic; moreover he finished it having pitched in four games for the Dodgers with an earned run average of 7.20 which was much recognized. He batted right and threw right. Later in 1948 Dan was shipped back to the minor leagues for the season. He went on to pitch for clubs located in Nashua, New Hampshire and St. Paul, Minnesota in 1948. He went on to record 24 wins and 6 losses. Dan returned to play for Major League Baseball for Brooklyn Dodgers on 18th July 1951 for the 1950 season an thus appeared in 41 games. Out of the 41 games, he had twelve starts and went on to finish with nine wins and four losses. He earned an ERA of 5.50. 1951 saw the final year of Dan in the majors. Dan was seen in seven games and earned an ERA of 15.43. After leaving the major league, Da went on to play in the Mexican league and played with various teams until 1966. His win records are 9 against loss record 6. His ERA was 6.52 and strikeouts were 111. He was very much appreciated by all the members of Brooklyn Dodgers.
Dan was very shy and focused mostly on baseball. He was reluctant on speaking about his private life and therefore not much is known to the media about whom he married or if he had children or not. There are no reports about his dating history.
Dan served as a Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945 during the Second World War Dan took part in the 1947 World Series. Later on 2nd May 1976, Dan died aged 55 of cancer at a Veterans Administration Hospital located in Houston Texas. He is till date remembered by all the baseball lovers around the world as a great baseball pitcher.
by sanjeet, 17 Jun, 2015