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Dazzy Vance

Dazzy Vance

Position(s):
P
Born:
March 4, 1891
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 2"
Weight:
200 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-16-1915 with PIT
Allstar Selections:
1924 MVP, 1924 TC
Hall of Fame:
1955

Intro

One of the best pitchers in baseball during the 1920s, Dazzy Vance toiled for poor Brooklyn teams much of his career. The right-hander didn't win his first game in the majors until after his 31st birthday - yet he went on to eight strikeout titles, 197 wins, a no-hitter, and the first National League Most Valuable Player Award.

Unform Number

#15 (1932, #18 (1933), #17 (1934 Reds), #19 (1934 Cardinals), #21 (1935)

Replaced By

A host of pitchers. By the time Vance was through as a starting pitcher (1933), the Dodgers had shiffled Boom-Boom Beck, Ownie Carroll, and Van Lingle Mungo into the rotation.

Best Season

Vance won the very first NL MVP Award in 1924, leading the NL with 28 victories, 305 complete games, 262 strikeouts, and a 2.16 ERA. He outpolled Rogers Hornsby, who that year had set a major league record with a .424 batting average, because one voter failed to place Hornsby on the ballot. Vance used the award to negotiate a highly publicized three-year contract worth $47,500 from Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbets.

Factoid 1

Dazzy Vance won the Triple Crown for pitching in 1924, with 28 wins, a 2.16 ERA, and 262 strikeouts.

Transition

April, 1915: Purchased by the New York Yankees from the Pittsburgh Pirates; February, 1933: Traded by the Brooklyn Dodgers with Gordon Slade to the St. Louis Cardinals for Jake Flowers and Ownie Carroll; June 25, 1934: Selected off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Strengths

Fastball

Weaknesses

Timing. Vance was probably ready to be a regular starting pitcher by the time he was 25, but no team would give him a chance. He had to wait until the struggling Dodgers gave him a shot in 1922 before he could pitch regularly. When that happened, he led the NL in strikeouts for seven straight years.

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1955 Hall of Fame, Baseball History, Brooklyn Dodgers, Dazzy Vance, NL MVP 1934, Triple Crown Pitching

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