Saturday, December 13, 2014

MISSING IN ACTION (OR A CAREER CAPPER): 1972 DEAN CHANCE

Well I finally gave up on trying to find a suitable image of former Cy Young pitcher Dean Chance as a Detroit Tiger, so through the wonders of Photoshop, I created one myself for his "Missing" 1972 card (or "Career Capper" if you prefer).
Check it out:


Not a bad result if I may say so…
I may have to do the same for my other "white whale", Jim Perry as an Oakland A's player.
Anyway, by August of 1971 Chance was closing out a decent 11-year career, pitching in 31 games for Detroit, with 14 starts and 89.2 innings of work.
That's enough time to warrant a card in the following year's set in my opinion, especially for a guy who put in some all-star seasons in the Major Leagues.
Most notably, he had that monster year in 1964 with the Los Angeles Angels that saw him go 20-9 with a sparkling 1.65 earned run average, 11 shutouts and 207 strikeouts, making him the only pitcher besides a guy names "Koufax" to win the Cy Young Award between 1963 and 1966.
In 1967, now as a member of the Minnesota Twins, Chance had another excellent campaign, posting a 20-14 record with a 2.73 E.R.A., five shutouts and 220 strikeouts.
By the time he retired, he put together a career 128-115 record with a 2.92 E.R.A., 33 shutouts and 1534 strikeouts, with two All-Star game nods and that Cy Young hardware from '64.

3 comments:

  1. I'm still looking to see how that's not Dean......nice job!

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  2. His 64 year was truly impressive. Nice job again

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  3. This your second 1972 Missing Card this week! Absolutely Outstanding!!

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