Packard Stadium was built in 1974 and immediately saw the impact of a young Floyd Bannister, who captured everyone's attention by immediately setting the record for wins in a season with 19 (19-2, 1.45, 213 Ks… which still stands today), after finishing the previous season with a 15-4, 1.66, 217 Ks record. The 213 and 217 strikeouts that Bannister recorded, would be the only time that any pitcher broke the 200 mark in K's at Packard Stadium or in the "Aluminum Bat Era". Floyd would
spend 3 years at ASU putting up 38 total wins and a career NCAA ERA of 1.98 before signing with the Houston Astros. Bannister spent 15 years in the MLB and was named an All-Star in 1982. Bannister's best season came in 1983 when he put up a 16-10, 3.35 record for the Chicago White Sox. He would register 16 wins again for the ChiSox in 1987.