Famous Lineage: Brian Bannister

This is the second post in the famous lineage series. The first was on Valparaiso pitcher/outfielder Kyle Gaedele and his link to Eddie Gaedel. One thing that I like when I go to a sporting event is to trace players back to their famous relatives. It is even cooler when I saw their relative play. This is especially true in the case of Brian Bannister. His father Floyd pitched for the White Sox and Royals among other team. Floyd pitched the first three White Sox games that I attended. The first two as a member of the White Sox, and the third as a member of the Kansas City Royals. Floyd was a overall #1 pick in the MLB draft in 1976 a year before future teammate Harold Baines would take that honor. He would not come onto my radar unto he signed a free agent contract with the White Sox in 1983. He would help that team to the Western Division title in 1983, and give them solid starts through 1987. In 1988 he signed with the Royals and pitched well again. He hurt his arm in 1989, and was never the same pitcher again. Continue reading

Famous Lineage: Kyle Gaedele

I thought that I might try something different here. With the new host might come some changes. The first of these is the famous lineage posts. This will be where I take someone that I have seen lately, and trace them back to a famous past. Disregarding a few obvious ones I settled on Valpo baseball player Kyle Gaedele. His great uncle is the famous Eddie Gaedel Eddie changed his name for show business so you can say that they are separated by an e. Continue reading