Sal Bando Obituary, Death – Sal Bando, who died recently, led the Oakland Athletics to three world championships and was the captain of one of the most successful baseball dynasties of the 1970s. RIP. On January 20, in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Bando passed away after a long and courageous fight against cancer that lasted for five years. He had 78 years under his belt. Bando is most known for his time spent in the major leagues with
the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics (1966-1976) and the Milwaukee Brewers (1977-1981). Additionally, from 1992 through 1999, he served as the general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. On February 13, 1944, Salvatore Leonard Bando made his debut in the world in Cleveland. After he made it to the major leagues as a catcher, his younger brother Chris would do the same thing. Sal Bando went to school in Ohio at Warrensville
Heights High School and went on to play for Cleveland in the National Amateur Baseball Federation tournament in 1961. Bando had two singles that drove in runs for Cleveland even though they ended up losing the championship game to Detroit. The score was 7-6. In high school, he participated in basketball and football, and as a quarterback in both sports, he was recognized as a talented player who garnered multiple college offers.
After graduating from high school, Bando continued his baseball career at Arizona State University under the tutelage of head coach Bobby Winkles, where he was recognized as a top freshman batter. His hitting average of.458 as a sophomore helped him win the batting title for the Southern Division of the Western Athletic Conference. In 1965, the Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes to win the College World Series. Rick Monday and Duffy Dyer, both of whom would go on to play in the major leagues, were also members of the club. Bando broke not one but two records at the competition, collecting 12 hits and 21 total bases over the course of six games. In the championship game, which Ohio State won, he had a double and a triple. The tournament’s Most Valuable Player Award went to him because of his hitting average of.480.