Friday, August 28, 2015

Phillies Missing Links of the 1980s - #4 Stan Bahnsen

Stanley Raymond Bahnsen
Relief Pitcher

The 1968 A.L. Rookie of the Year, Stan Bahnsen was at the end of an impressive 16-year Major League career when the Phillies signed him as a free agent on May 31, 1982.  Bahnsen had recently been released by the California Angels, and he'd spend the bulk of the 1982 season with the Phillies Triple-A team in Oklahoma City.  As a September call-up, Bahnsen appeared in 8 games for the Phillies, pitching impressively in relief in the final month of the season.  Released in November 1982, Bahnsen would sign a minor league contract with the Phillies and appear in 15 more games for their new Triple-A affiliate in Portland before calling it a career.

Bahnsen is perhaps best remembered by Phillies fans as the pitcher who surrendered Mike Schmidt's 48th home run of the 1980 season, leading the Phillies to the 1980 N.L. East division title.  Audio of that blast, featuring Andy Musser's call, can be found here.

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  185
Born:  December 15, 1944, Council Bluffs, IA
Drafted:  Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 4th round of the 1965 amateur draft
Major League Teams:  New York Yankees 1966, 1968-1971, Chicago White Sox 1972-1975, Oakland Athletics 1975-1977, Montreal Expos 1977-1981, California Angels 1982, Phillies 1982
Professional Affiliations:  New York Yankees 1965-1971, Chicago White Sox 1972-1975, Oakland Athletics 1975-1977, Montreal Expos 1977-1981, California Angels 1982, Phillies 1982-1983

Phillies Career
8 games, 0-0, 1.35 ERA in 13 1/3 innings
Acquired:  Signed as a free agent formerly with the California Angels, May 31, 1982
Debut:  September 1, 1982 - Pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Mike Krukow against the Braves
Final Game:  October 2, 1982
Departed:  Released by the Phillies organization in spring of 1983

1967 Topps #93
1975 Topps #161
1982 Donruss #392
1983 TCMA Portland Beavers #23
4 Bahnsen Baseball Cards in My Collection
First Card:  1982 Donruss #392
Last Card:  1983 TCMA Portland Beavers #23

The fantastic Cards That Never Were blog created a Bahnsen Phillies card in the style of 1982 Topps a few years ago.

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1967 Topps #93 (with Bobby Murcer)
First Topps Base Card:  1967 Topps #93 (with Bobby Murcer)
Last Mainstream Card:  1982 Topps #131
Other Notable Cards:  1972 Topps #662, 1975 Topps #161, 1977 Topps #383, 1981 Topps #267

Sources:  Baseball BirthdaysCards That Never WereSABRBaseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  I will make my way through the decade of the 1980s first and then work my way forward.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.


Steve F. said...

I have never before seen that Portland Beavers logo. It looks like they only wore it in 1983, after which they switched to the Phillies P (instead of the upside-down Phillies P). Man, I would love to get one of those caps. Any idea what color it was?

Stan had a very Robin Roberts-like end to his career. Robby pitched for the Reading Phillies in 1967 to try to revive his career, but he ended up retiring. (Dallas Green did the same thing, on the same 1967 Reading team as Roberts, but his career as a pitcher wasn't as illustrious as Bahnsen's, let alone Roberts's.)

Jim said...

Let's hope it was the burgundy of the Phillies teams of the '70s and '80s. I'd love to see the IronPigs throw back to this uniform combination. If the BlueClaws can throw back to the Piedmont Boll Weevils, the IronPigs can certainly throw back to the Portland Beavers.