Dazzy Vance


Class of 1955

Dazzy Vance


Class of 1955
Known for his blazing fastball, Dazzy Vance led the NL in strikeouts from 1922-1928.


Birth year

About Dazzy Vance

Renowned for his blazing fastball, Dazzy Vance was the premier strikeout pitcher of the 1920s. He led the National League in strikeouts for seven consecutive seasons from 1922-'28, and often he led by wide margins.

In 1924, he had more strikeouts than the second- and third-place pitchers combined.

"Dazzy Vance could throw a cream puff through a battleship," said former Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Johnny Frederick.

His best season was 1924, when he won the NL Most Valuable Player Award after leading the league in wins (28), ERA (2.16), complete games (30) and strikeouts (262). He beat out fellow Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby – who hit .424 that season – for the award.

He led the league in wins again the next season, during which he also threw a no-hitter against Philadelphia on Sept. 13, 1925.

Vance's Dodgers never won a pennant, and in 1933 he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, where he joined Dizzy and Paul Dean. He was sold to the Reds the following year, but he was waived back to St. Louis in time to win the 1934 World Series as part of the "Gashouse Gang." He finished his career as a reliever back with Brooklyn in 1935.

Vance's career is even more remarkable considering he did not break into the major leagues for good until the age of 31 in 1922. He had spent the previous decade pitching mostly in the minor leagues, though he made nine appearances between the Pirates and Yankees in 1915, and two more for the Yankees in 1918.

Vance was plagued by sore arms during his his 20s but continued to pitch in the minor leagues. He had a strong season for the New Orleans Pelicans of the Southern League in 1921, but at the age of 30, he was far from a hot prospect. But the Pelicans had a catcher named Hank DeBerry whom the Dodgers wanted, so New Orleans offered DeBerry along with Vance in a package deal for $10,000. The Dodgers took the deal, and Vance won 18 games and struck out an NL-best 134 batters as a 31-year-old rookie in 1922, the first of his seven straight seasons leading the league in strikeouts.

Vance was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955. He passed away on Feb. 16, 1961.

The Basics

Year inducted
Birth Place
Orient, Iowa
Birth Year
1961, Homosassa Springs Florida

Career at a Glance

Primary Team
Brooklyn Dodgers
Primary Position
Played For
Pittsburgh Pirates, 1915
New York Yankees, 1915
New York Yankees, 1918
Brooklyn Dodgers, 1922-1932
St. Louis Cardinals, 1933-1934
Cincinnati Reds, 1934
Brooklyn Dodgers, 1935

Career MLB Stats


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Vance invincible down the stretch in 1925