Dazzy Vance wasn’t in the big leagues to stay until after his 30th birthday. He quickly made up for lost time.
An 18-game winner in each of his first two seasons with Brooklyn, Vance had his finest season in year three. That 1924 campaign saw him earn pitching’s Triple Crown – he led the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. Vance was named the National League MVP for his efforts.
The following season he again eclipsed the 20-win plateau. In his 11 seasons with Brooklyn, Vance won 187 games. He led the league 7 times in strikeouts, three times in ERA, and four times in shutouts.
Al Lopez caught Vance in 1928 and from 1930-32. Though best known for his work as a Hall of Fame manager, Lopez caught 1,950 games.
During Lopez’ first big league season in 1928, Vance led the senior circuit with 200 strikeouts and a 2.09 ERA. He won 22 games, the last of his 20-win seasons.
In the collection is this handwritten letter from Lopez regarding the Hall of Fame pitcher.
Lopez writes, “Dear Ken, Dazzy Vance was one of the greatest. Sincerely, Al Lopez.”
Handwritten letters involving two members of the Hall of Fame are highly desired.