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Brooklyn Dodgers reliever Banta dies at 81

Updated: September 19, 2006, 12:42 PM ET
Associated Press

HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Jack Banta, who played on the Brooklyn Dodgers with Jackie Robinson and made three relief appearances in the 1949 World Series, died at 81.

His death was confirmed Tuesday by Elliott Mortuary. Banta, who had heart problems and recently broke his hip, entered a Hutchinson hospice Saturday and died the next day, wife Jackie Banta said.

Banta pitched briefly for the Dodgers in 1947 and 1948. His best season was in 1949 when he went 10-6 and won the ...

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