1964 Cy Young winner, 11-year MLB veteran Chance dies at 74
WOOSTER, Ohio — Dean Chance, who won the 1964 Cy Young Award and later pitched a no-hitter, died Sunday. He was 74. The Wooster Daily Record reported Chance was found at his New Pittsburgh, Ohio, residence unresponsive Sunday morning after a friend became worried about him, said a family member.
The funeral home handling the arrangements near where he lived in Ohio confirmed Chance died. There were no details on the cause of death.
Chance died two months after being at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., for his induction into the Angels Hall of Fame.
In 1964, Chance went 20-9 with a 1.65 ERA for the Angels and won the Cy Young — from 1956-66, only one pitcher in the majors won the award each year. At 23, he was the youngest Cy Young winner until the Mets’ Dwight Gooden won in 1985 as a 20-year-old.
Chance threw a no-hitter for Minnesota in August 1967. Earlier that month, he pitched a five-inning perfect game.
Chance went 128-115 with a 2.92 ERA in 11 seasons. He began with the expansion Los Angeles Angels in 1961 and also pitched for Minnesota, Cleveland, the Mets and Detroit.
The two-time All-Star was well known for his exploits off the field, too. With teammate Bo Belinsky, he would pal around Hollywood with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe.
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