Reusse: Happy 40th anniversary, Eddie Bane

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 4, 2013 - 1:20 AM

On this date in 1973, a kid fresh out of college made his major league pitching debut before a full house at the Met.

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btaleenJul. 3, 13 9:44 PM

Patrick, what a wonderful article, love the picture. Had to tell my kid those are stirupps he's wearing, please bring them back.

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bolock54Jul. 3, 13 9:58 PM

Big circus act by Calvin Griffith, trying to jam the stadium on July 4th......cheap city and is still pretty much the same today.......will the Twins ever get an owner who will spend some money and give the fans a decent team again?????

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minneg56Jul. 3, 1310:06 PM

A totally fantastic recounting of the way it 40 years ago! I just got done telling my son this story yesterday - about how 'Calvin the Promoter' sent this kid Bane out in front of a packed house! They promoted 'Fireballer' David Clyde v. 'The Riverboat Gambler' Eddie Bane ... That description I recall due to the lamb chop sideburns he sported. Again this is a Totally Fantastic memory!

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georgedeerJul. 3, 1310:26 PM

I was at that game sitting in the 2nd deck down the 1st base line. With the Met that full, it seemed more like a Viking game and the crowd was very festive.

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BatteryJul. 4, 1312:23 AM

What a great photo! I remember Eddie Bane and I'd like to forget the Twinsogram.

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atlmikeJul. 4, 13 3:04 AM

i was there that night. upper deck bleachers. eddie bane day. each fan got b&w photo of him. later in his career, he survived by throwing the spitter.

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fwallenJul. 4, 13 6:52 AM

I wasn't there but Patricks story reminded me of the circus I read about 40 years go. Thanks Pat.

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JIMHILGERTJul. 4, 13 7:57 AM

Patrick, Thanks for the great article. That was the last Twins game that I would have the privilege of attending with my father. It was a hot night and a great atmosphere.

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dewarfJul. 4, 13 8:15 AM

And just like last night against the hated Yankees -- they lost again. Same-o, same-o. Some things never change, huh? Nice memories though.

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northhillJul. 4, 13 9:30 AM

The Twins were actually a pretty good team in the first half of 1973.However, they were not drawing at the gate. The crowd for the 4th of July was unexpected; it was a huge walk up crowd. I purchased tickets earlier in the day and they expected around 30,000 gate. A friend of mine who was 17 and attending her first Major League game still has the picture of Eddie Bane 40 years later. David Clyde pitched for the Texas Rangers; the Twins played Kansas City on July 4th 1973. Injuries and lack of pitching depth, caught up with the Twins in July 1973 and they faded away.

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