1977 Topps Alan Bannister
The Occasional Bannister?
I have a few odd memories of Alan Bannister. First of all, he was originally with the Philies. I was young so I don't remember him actually playing there, but he was one of a ton of young players like Bosetti, Andrews, Iorg, Nahorodny, etc that the Phils traded for veterans in the mid to late 70s.
But my biggest memory of Alan Bannister had nothing to do with Alan Bannister. I was a freshman in college and I noticed someone had a sticker on his door that said "The Occasional Bannister." Now I realized it had nothing to do with Alan, but I always wondered what it meant. Was this some dude you could lean on? Turned out, it was the name of his punk band led by Reverend Joe Poodle Incorporated. (Yes, you read that right)
For some strange reason, that name stuck in my mind and 25 years later, I remember it like it was yesterday. Sometimes I wonder if I have nothing better to think about. Just sometimes...