Tom Seaver Screams, ‘Not Chris Bando!’

Posted June 7th, 2011 by Tom Owens and filed in Chris Bando, Sal Bando, Tom Seaver
Donruss featured both
Bandos in the 1982 set.
Why not a card of
the brothers together?

Faith and humility. They served catcher Chris Bando through the 1980s as a major leaguer.

Today, the devout believer embraces the same values as head coach of the San Diego Christian College Hawks.

I asked for memories of his older brother Sal Bando. Chris Bando replied:

“I was never 1/2 the player my brother was. I only had vision in one eye which paralyzed me at times, but no one knew this.”

Bando blossomed in 1984, posting career highs for the Indians. How?

“Tom, I received a chance to play every day, which allowed me to not worry, knowing I’d be in there the next game if I didn’t hit.”

Future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver became a meal ticket for Bando. The catcher batted .714 off “Tom Terrific.” Admirably, Bando downplayed his mastery of the veteran, explaining:

“Tom Seaver was on his way out and he threw high ’80s and FB was straight. He threw a lot of FB and I was a FB hitter.”

The San Diego Christian College website offers a detailed biography of Chris Bando and a look at the coach today.

Coming Wednesday: Witnessing Casey Blake’s big heart.


One Response to “Tom Seaver Screams, ‘Not Chris Bando!’”

  1. kregg says:

    I remember both Bandos. Sounds like Chris is doing great work for God. What’s Sal up to these days?

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