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Dazzy Vance

Born: March 4, 1891(1891-03-04)
Orient, Iowa
Died: February 16, 1961 (aged 69)
Homosassa Springs, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 16, 1915 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
August 14, 1935 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Career statistics
Win-Loss record     197–140
Earned run average     3.24
Strikeouts     2,045
Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Induction     1955
Vote     81.7% (twelfth ballot)

Charles Arthur "Dazzy" Vance (March 4, 1891 – February 16, 1961) was a star Major League Baseball starting pitcher during the 1920s.

Born in Orient, Iowa, Vance played a decade in the minors before establishing himself as a big league player in 1922 with the Brooklyn Dodgers at the age of 31, when he went 18–12 with a 3.70 ERA and a league-leading 134 strikeouts. His best individual season came in 1924, when he led the National League in wins (28), strikeouts (262) and ERA (2.16) (see Triple crown) en route to winning the National League MVP award.

Vance's play began to decline in the early 1930s, and after bouncing to the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and back to the Dodgers, he retired after the 1935 season. Vance led the league in ERA three times, wins twice, and established a National League record by leading the league in strikeouts in seven consecutive years (1922–1928). He retired with a 197–140 record, 2045 strikeouts and a 3.24 ERA – remarkable numbers considering he only saw 33 innings of big league play during his twenties.

On September 24, 1924, Vance struck out three batters on nine pitches in the second inning of a 6–5 win over the Chicago Cubs. Vance became the fifth National League pitcher and the seventh pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the nine-strike/three-strikeout half-inning. He finished the season with more strikeouts than any two National League pitchers combined (Burleigh Grimes with 135 and Dolf Luque with 86 were second and third respectively).

Vance was also involved in one of the most famous flubs in baseball history, the "three men on third" incident. With Vance on second and Chick Fewster on first, Babe Herman hit a long ball and began racing around the bases. As he rounded second, the third base coach yelled at him to go back, since Fewster had not yet passed third. Vance, having rounded third, misunderstood and reversed course, returning to third. Fewster arrived at third. Herman ignored the instruction and also arrived at third. The third baseman tagged out Vance and Fewster; Herman was declared safe by rule. (Source: [1]; the Wikipedia article on Babe Herman has a slightly different account of the play.)

Vance pitched a no-hitter in 1925. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955. In 1981, Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig included him in their book The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time. Vance is mentioned in the poem "Lineup for Yesterday" by Ogden Nash:

Lineup for Yesterday

V is for Vance,
The Dodgers' own Dazzy;
None of his rivals
Could throw as fast as he.

Ogden Nash, Sport magazine (January 1949)[1]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dutch Ruether
Brooklyn Robins Opening Day
Starting pitcher

Succeeded by
Jesse Petty
Preceded by
Burleigh Grimes
National League Strikeout Champion
Succeeded by
Pat Malone
Preceded by
Pete Alexander
National League Pitching Triple Crown
Succeeded by
Bucky Walters
Preceded by
Dolf Luque
Ray Kremer
Bill Walker
National League ERA Champion
Succeeded by
Dolf Luque
Bill Walker
Bill Walker
Preceded by
Dolf Luque
National League Wins Champion
Succeeded by
Donohue, Kremer, Meadows & Rhem
Preceded by
Jesse Haines
No-hitter pitcher
September 13, 1925
Succeeded by
Ted Lyons

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