One of the most colorful mound stars in baseball history, the easy-going Dean Chance burst into the major leagues at age 20 with the Los Angeles Angels in 1961, after compiling a mind-boggling 51-1 record with 12 no-hitters in high school ball. He went 14-10, with a 2.96 ERA in his first full major league season (1962). After going 13-8 with a 3.19 ERA the next season, Dean Chance was 20-9, with a stingy 1.65, completed 15-of-35 starts, tossed a resounding 11 shutouts, threw two no-hitters in August, and was honored by winning the Cy Young Award - during the period when the award was still given to one pitcher for both leagues.
He was traded upon his request to the Minnesota Twins in 1967, saying he wanted to pitch on a winning team. There he used his blazing fastball to win 20 games in his first season there - 20-14, 2.73 ERA, 18 complete games and 5 shutouts. After posting a 16-16 WL, with a 2.53 ERA, and 5 shutouts, he held out for more money and missed most of the 1969 spring training, hurt his arm early in the season and was never able to be a big winner again. Dean Chance tossed 33 career shutouts