Vance, Dazzy

Clarence Arthur Vance
Born: March 4, 1891, Orient, Iowa
Died: February 16, 1961, Homosassa Springs, Florida
Played For: 
New York Yankees (1915, 1918), Pittsburgh Pirates (1915), Brooklyn Dodgers (1922-1932, 1935), St. Louis Cardinals (1933-1934), Cincinnati Reds (1935)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1955

Although he didn't play his first full season until age 31, Arthur Dazzy Vance was the dominant National League pitcher of the 1920s. After a decade in the Minors, Vance joined the Dodgers in 1922 and used his blazing fastball to win 187 games for them over the next 11 seasons. He was named MVP in 1924 and pitched a no-hitter the next year. He led the league in wins twice and ERA three times, and is the only pitcher to top the National League in strikeouts seven consecutive seasons.

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Did You Know: 
that as winner of the 1924 National League Most Valuable Player Award, Dazzy Vance was given $1,000 in gold coins?
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