Jackie Kay Banta
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Jack Banta, a side-armed relief pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, died on Sept. 17, 2006 in Hutchinson, Kan. He was 81.
According to published reports, Banta died from cardiovascular disease.
He pitched four seasons in the major leagues, posting a 14-12 record and a 3.78 ERA. He recorded 116 strikeouts and five saves in 204.2 innings.
On the final day of the 1949 season, the Dodgers were just one game ahead of St. Louis in the race for the NL Pennant. The Dodgers were playing the Phillies and held a 7-6 lead when Banta entered the game with two outs in the sixth inning. He gave up a game-tying single, but then allowed just one more hit over the remainder of the game and the Dodgers won it 9-7 in the 10th inning.
He pitched 5.2 innings in three games against the Yankees in the 1949 World Series which the Dodgers lost.
Banta was 10-6 in 1949, but hurt his shoulder and when just 4-4 in 1950. That was the last season he pitched in the major leagues.