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.

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Dazzy Vance spent most of is first ten years in pro baseball in the minors

Dazzy Vance spent most of is first ten years in pro baseball in the minors

Dazzy Vance took a long and winding road to the big leagues. He started in pro ball in 1912 at age 21 in the Class-D Nebraska State League. Vance reached affiliated ball when the Pirates purchased his contract in 1915. He made his big league debut with Pittsburgh on April 15 that year then was sold
The Pirates and Yankees had Vance in their organizations before he found stardom

The Pirates and Yankees had Vance in their organizations before he found stardom

A Brooklyn cap adorns Dazzy Vance’s plaque in Cooperstown. Two other organizations let the Hall of Fame hurler slip through their fingers. Both the Pirates and the Yankees paid for Vance’s services before he found stardom. From 1921 through Vance’s final season in Brooklyn in 1932,
Vance went 0-3 with a 4.45 ERA with the Yankees before finding stardom in Brooklyn

Vance went 0-3 with a 4.45 ERA with the Yankees before finding stardom in Brooklyn

Before Dazzy Vance found fame with Brooklyn he was a fringe prospect with the Yankees. The Hall of Fame hurler appeared in 10 games with New York, going 0-3 with a 4.45 earned run average. His last two appearances for the Yanks came in 1918. On February 20, 1919 the Yankees transferred his contract
Vance didn't reach the big leagues to stay until 1922 with Brooklyn

Vance didn't reach the big leagues to stay until 1922 with Brooklyn

From 1912-1921, Dazzy Vance pitched in just 11 big league ball games. He toiled in the bushes, winning 117 minor league games. Once he got his chance in Brooklyn in 1922, Vance found his way. The league-leader in strikeouts in each of his first 7 seasons, Vance averaged 19 wins per season from 1922-
Vance found immediate stardom after he landed in Brooklyn

Vance found immediate stardom after he landed in Brooklyn

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 l
1932 was the last of Vance's twelve seasons with Brooklyn

1932 was the last of Vance's twelve seasons with Brooklyn

During Dazzy Vance’s dozen seasons with Brooklyn, he averaged 17 wins per year. His final season with the club came in 1932. The strikeout artist won 12 games for the third place club, his final year with a double-digit victory total. In the collection is a 3×5 index card with a small pho
Vance remained in the Major Leagues well into his 40s

Vance remained in the Major Leagues well into his 40s

After 26 professional seasons Dazzy Vance retired in 1935 at age 44. Three-wins shy of 200 big league victories, he left the game with 330 wins in pro ball – 133 in the minors. Though Dazzy Vance pitched in the big leagues until he was 44, he left the game with no other job skills and little h

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