A born leader and brazen hitter, “Captain Sal” enjoyed a 16-year career with the Oakland A’s and Milwaukee Brewers.
Sal Bando’s reputation for team leadership earned him the nickname Captain Sal – and, at times, also earned him the consternation of management. The Cleveland, Ohio native’s baseball career began in 1966, when he signed on as third baseman for the Oakland A’s. The next year, Bando hit the first grand slam in the team’s history.
Bando played 11 seasons with the A’s, and his ability to hit in clutch situations helped propel the team to five consecutive AL Western Division titles (1971-1975) and three straight World Championships (1972-1974).
In 1977, Bando signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee Brewers. In his final year playing baseball, 1981, Bando and the Milwaukee Brewers made the playoffs.
He became the Brewers GM Brewers on October 8, 1991. A position Bando held until August 12, 1999.
With a career total of 242 major league homeruns and 1,032 RBI’s, Bando currently serves as an advisor for the Milwaukee Brewers.
He was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.