Dazzy Vance (1955)
Dazzy Vance played in the minor leagues before joining the Pittsburgh Pirates for one game and the New York Yankees for eight games in 1915. He then went back to the minors and didn't have another major league appearance until 1918, when he played in just two games with the Yankees. He returned again to the minor leagues and stayed there until the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers bought his contract in 1922. He was already 31 years old.
In 1922, Vance pitched in 36 games with the Dodgers. He had an 18-12 record with 134 strikeouts to 94 walks and a 3.70 ERA. Vance pitched for the Dodgers for the next ten seasons. His best season was probably 1924 when he won the National League MVP award and the National League Triple Crown for pitchers. That season he had a 28-6 record with 262 strikeouts to 77 walks and a 2.16 ERA in 35 games.
While pitching for the Dodgers, Vance led the National League in ERA three times (1924, 1928, 1930), wins twice (1924, 1925), and strikeouts seven times (1922-1928). On September 13, 1925, he had the only no hitter of his career.
Vance moved to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1933, playing in 28 games for them with a 6-2 record, 67 strikeouts to 28 walks, and a 3.55 ERA. The following season he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds. After six games with the Reds in 1934, Vance was traded back to the Cardinals. He played in 19 games with the Cardinals in 1934 and then returned to the Dodgers in 1935, his last season in the major leagues. He pitched in 20 games in his final season.
Statistics for Vance in 14 seasons (1922-1935) in the major leagues include:
- 3 seasons with over 20 wins, with a high of 28 in 1924
- 7 seasons with 150 or more strikeouts, with a high of 262 in 1924
- 4 seasons with an ERA under 3.00, with a low of 2.09 in 1928
Career statistics for Vance include:
- 442 games played
- 2,966.2 innings pitched
- 197-140 win-loss record
- 2,045 strikeouts to 840 walks
- 3.24 ERA