Wilmer Dean Chance
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 200 lb.
Born: June 1, 1941 in Wooster, OH
Debut: September 11, 1961 Los Angeles Angels
Final Game: August 9, 1971 Detroit Tigers
Drafted 26th as an additional selection by the Los Angeles Angels from the Baltimore Orioles in the 1960 expansion draft.
Later, Traded by the California Angels with a player to be named later to the Minnesota Twins for Pete Cimino, Jimmie Hall and Don Mincher. The California Angels sent Jackie Hernandez to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade on December 2, 1966.
Started the game and gave up 4 runs on 10 hits in 7.1 innings in a 5-2 loss at Minnesota on September 11, 1961.
1961 - 1966
Compiled a record of 74-66 (21 shut-outs and 48 complete games) with a 2.83 ERA.
NOTABLE ANGELS ACHEIVEMENTS:
1962 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
AL All-Star (1964)
ML Cy Young Award Winner (1964)
AL ERA Leader (1964)
AL Wins Leader (1964)
AL Innings Pitched Leader (1964)
AL Complete Games Leader (1964)
AL Shutouts Leader (1964)
20 Wins Season (1964)
Dean Chance was the first big pitching star of the fledgling Los Angeles Angels, and later in his career he was part of the division-winning 1969 Minnesota Twins.
He won the 1964 Cy Young Award, dominating the 1964 American League with a 1.65 ERA and 11 shutouts. Chance, a right-hander, signed with the Baltimore Orioles out of high school and spent two seasons (1959-60) in their lower minor league system before the Angels selected him in the December 1960 AL expansion draft. After spending most of 1961 at the AAA level, Chance became a major leaguer late that season. Chance had an outstanding rookie campaign in 1962, winning 14 games with an ERA of 2.96, but he lost 18 games in 1963, immediately prior to his Cy Young season. He won 15 games in 1965, and was 12-17 record in 1966 despite a good ERA of 3.08. The Angels were a weak hitting team and desperate for power, shipped him to the Minnesota Twins in a major off-season trade that netted them outfielder Jimmie Hall, slugging 1st baseman Don Mincher, and relief pitcher Pete Cimino. The trade helped both teams as the Angels rose to 5th place with an 84-77 record in 1967, and the Twins were not eliminated from the pennant race until the season's last game.