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Dean Chance

Dean Chance

Position(s):
P
Born:
June 1, 1941
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 3"
Weight:
200 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-11-1961 with LAA
Allstar Selections:
1964 CY, 1964 TSN

Intro

Dean Chance was the Major League Cy Young winner in 1964 at the age of 23 when he became the first Angels' pitcher to win 20 games, but arm injuries and an inability to find the strike zone prevented him from winning any games in the majors after his 30th birthday. The Halos first pitching phenom, Chance hurled 11 shutouts in '64, winning six games by the score of 1-0. With the Twins in 1967, he pitched a no-hitter, and earned Comeback Player of the Year honors.

Unform Number

#31 (1961-1966), #32 (1967-1971), #14 (1971)

Best Season

Helped a bit by Dodger Stadium, but still a very good year. He had a 1.65 ERA and struck out 207 batters in more than 278 innings, for a mediocre Angels' team.

Factoid 1

After his playing career, Dean Chance briefly worked as a boxing manager. One of his clients was Ernie Shavers, who fought Muhammad Ali for the heavyweight title.

Transition

Signed as an amateur free agent by Baltimore Orioles (1959); Selected by Los Angeles Angels from Baltimore Orioles in the expansion draft (December 14, 1960); Traded by California Angels with a player to be named later to Minnesota Twins in exchange for Jimmie Hall, Don Mincher and Pete Cimino (December 2, 1966); Minnesota Twins received Jackie Hernandez (April 10, 1967); Traded by Minnesota Twins with Bob Miller, Ted Uhlaender and Graig Nettles to Cleveland Indians in exchange for Luis Tiant and Stan Williams (December 10, 1969); Sold by Cleveland Indians to New York Mets (September 18, 1970); Traded by New York Mets with Bill Denehy to Detroit Tigers in exchange for Jerry Robertson (March 30, 1971); Released by Detroit Tigers (October 6, 1971).

Strengths

His fastball.

Weaknesses

His strange pitch delivery, in which he turned his back to the plate and lost sight of his target. This helped result in his bouts with control… Chance was one of the worst hitters in baseball history. He retired with a miserable .066 batting average (44-for-662), and struck out 353 times.

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