Dazzy Vance

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Birthdate 3/4/1891
Death Date 2/16/1961
Debut Year 1915
Year of Induction 1955
Teams Cardinals, Dodgers, Pirates, Yankees
Position Pitcher

Dazzy Vance made his Major League debut in 1915 but was not in the big leagues to stay until 1922 when he was 31 years of age.

In the collection:

Dazzy Vance autograph signed the day before his 178th career win

Dazzy Vance autograph signed the day before his 178th career win

In the collection is a 3×5 index card with a small photo of Dazzy Vance attached. Vance has penned, “Dazzy Vance Brooklyn Dodgers May 12 -’32” in green ink. Though he was on the down side of his career, Vance was still effective at this time. In fact, the day after he signed this card, he was the winning pitcher of a completed game 5-3
File copy letter written from Yanks owner to Ban Johnson about Vance's contract

File copy letter written from Yanks owner to Ban Johnson about Vance's contract

Though remembered for his 12 years with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Vance spend much of the early part of his career with the Yankees. Shown here is a file copy letter to American League president Ban Johnson dated August 6, 1915, seven years before Vance would win his first Major League game. Yanks co-o
Ban Johnson's response to the letter

Ban Johnson's response to the letter

Hall of Fame executive Ban Johnson acknowledges receipt of the letter in this August 9 correspondence and has signed his name at the bottom. Vance would make his Yankee debut 19 days later. He would end up winless in ten career games for the Yankees before finding stardom with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Document signed by Jacob Ruppert sending Vance down to the minors in 1919

Document signed by Jacob Ruppert sending Vance down to the minors in 1919

Before Dazzy Vance found fame with Brooklyn he was a fringe prospect with the Yankees. In the collection is the document transferring Vance’s contract from New York to Sacramento’s PCL team the Solons. Signed and dated February 20,1919, this is a rare look into the Hall of Fame pitcher’s career
Other side of the document, signed by Vance

Other side of the document, signed by Vance

The document is a tri-fold. Here can be seen an actual front to the piece when folded in thirds. The top portion of the scan shows the signature of Vance and fellow farmhand William Percey. Vance would have to wait until 1922 to reach the big leagues to stay. That’s when the Dodgers purchased his contract from the Yankees. He would go on to
Happy Chandler refers to Vance's post-career financial difficulties

Happy Chandler refers to Vance's post-career financial difficulties

Though Dazzy Vance pitched in the big leagues until he was 44, he left the game with no other job skills and little hope of earning income. Vance turned to the familiar and went to work playing with the House of David baseball team, a bearded bunch of folks who would travel town to town to play exhibitions. In this letter, dated 1986,
Dazzy Vance's catcher and fellow HoFer Al Lopez writes on Vance

Dazzy Vance's catcher and fellow HoFer Al Lopez writes on Vance

For the first four seasons of Al Lopez’ playing career he caught Hall of Fame pitcher Dazzy Vance with the Brooklyn Dodgers. During Lopez’ first big league season, Vance led the senior circuit with 200 strikeouts and a 2.09 ERA while winning 22 games. Here Lopez writes, “Dear Ken,

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