Righthander Charles “Dazzy” Vance made his major league debut in 1915 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and had brief although unspectacular stints with the Yankees (1915 & 1918), but he didn’t win his first game until he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1922. He then became one of the premier pitchers in the game. With his devastating fastball and curveball, he would lead the National League in strikeouts for the next seven straight seasons, and win the ERA title 3 times. In 1924, he would win the pitching Triple Crown, winning 28 games, posting a 2.16 ERA, whiff 262 batters, win a then NL record 15 consecutive games and be named NL Most Valuable Player. In 1925, he pitched a no-hitter, and followed it up with 8 1/3 no hit innings in his next outing. He would also pitch for the Cincinnati Reds and was a member of the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals World Champions. He finished with a lifetime 197-140 record, 3.24 ERA and 2,045 strikeouts. He was inducted into Cooperstown in 1955.
March 10, 2015
Homosassa Springs, FL