sal bando, 1975 topps mini #380, A's

Player: Bando, Sal

Card: 1975 Topps Mini #380

Position: 3B

Sal Bando was the godfather. Capo di capo. Boss of all bosses on the Oakland A’s. We all had our roles, we all contributed, but Sal was the leader and everyone knew it.” – Reggie Jackson

Born in Cleveland, OH, Salvatore Leonard Bando is a former player and executive. He played as a third baseman in Major League Baseball between 1966 and 1981, and was an integral member of the Oakland Athletics dynasty that won three consecutive World Series championships between 1972 and 1974. He ended his playing career with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Team captain Sal Bando was the glue that held the volatile Oakland A’s together during their three-year run as World Series champions (1972-1974). Respected by teammates, peers, and his managers, He was Oakland’s unequivocal leader, a durable, rough-and-tumble third baseman who averaged 23 home runs and 90 runs batted in over an eight-year span in an offensively depressed era (1969-1976). Often overlooked while playing in the shadows of teammate Reggie Jackson and arguably the best third baseman in big-league history, Brooks Robinson, the four-time All-Star Bando finished second, third, and fourth in the AL Most Valuable Player voting from 1971 to 1974, and clouted 242 home runs in his 16-year big-league career (1966-1981).

Over four consecutive American League Championship Series from 1971–74, he hit five home runs in 17 games, including two in Game 2 of the 1973 ALCS game and a solo shot in Game 3 of the 1974 ALCS, a 1-0 victory.

Playing almost exclusively at third base in Oakland, Bando played every infield position while with the Brewers, even making one appearance as a relief pitcher in a 1979 game.

After retiring, Bando briefly served as a color analyst for NBC (teaming with Bob Costas on telecasts), then became a front office executive with the Brewers. He was named the team’s general manager on October 8, 1991.

His younger brother Chris was a catcher for the Cleveland Indians.

(excerpted from SABR, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)

1973 Topps #155
2009 Italian American Baseball Heroes #7

Listen to Larry Baldassaro’s interview with Sal here – or view the Next Stop on the Baseball Italian Style Tour

Sal is part of the Topps Card Tour – 1975 Topps – Go to the Next Stop

Bando is also part of the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Sal is part of the All-Star Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See all of Sal’s baseball cards at TCDB

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