A durable mound master, Stan Bahnsen pitched in 4 games at age 22 for the New York Yankees in 1966 and then spent all of 1967 with Syracuse of the International League, going 9-11 with a 3.52 ERA. Brought up by the New Yorkers the next season, he won the 1968 AL Rookie of the Year after going 17-12 with a stingy 2.05 ERA while completing 10 of 34 starts in 267.1 innings. He followed that with records of 9-16, a 14-11 and a 14-12 then was traded to the Chicago White Sox for third baseman Rick McKinney on December 2, 1971.
Stan Bahnsen was an instant success with the White Sox posting a 21-16 record with a 3.60 earned run average for the 1972 AL West second place team. Although he fell to 18-21 in 1973 he started a career-high 42 games and worked a career-high 282.1 innings and on September 21, 1973 vs Cleveland he pitched a no-hitter through 8 and two-thirds innings before yielding a hit. Altogether he strung up a streak of pitching over 200 innings seven straight years, and started at least 33 games during the same time period, 1968 thru 1974.
From 1978-1982 Stan Bahnsen pitched mainly as a relief set-up man, and he was very good at that, too.