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Chance was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels from the Orioles organization in the 1960 expansion draft and as a rookie in 1962 was 14-10, 2.96 as an occassional starter for the Angels. He began taking regular turns in the rotation in 1963 and was 13-18 with meager support from his teammates, then in 1964 he blossomed into the AL's most overpowering pitcher. Pitching his home games in spacious Dodger Stadium, Chance was 20-9 with a 1.64 ERA in '64, and tossed 11 shutouts, including six in which he won 1-0. On June 6 that year he pitched 14 shutout innings against the Yankees, only to see the Angels lose 2-0 after he left the game, and on September 10 he pitched a one-hitter against the Twins, allowing only an infield single to Zoilo Versalles in the eighth.
Chance slipped to 15-10 in 1965 and 12-17 in 1966, and after he began to berate his temmates for their poor play behind him was traded to Minnesota before the 1967 season. He enjoyed a resurgence with the Twins, going 20-14, 2.73 to win AL Comeback Player of the Year honors and pitching a no-hitter against the Indians August 25. On the final day of the regular season he faced the Red Sox with a chance to clinch the pennant, but lost, sending Boston to the WS instead. Chance was 16-16 in 1968 and 5-4 in only 15 starts in 1969, then was traded to the Indians along with Graig Nettles in a six-player deal that brought Luis Tiant to the Twins. The Indians sold Chance to the Mets in mid-1970, and he spent his final season pitching mostly in relief with the Tigers in 1971.
Chance was a notoriously poor hitter, batting .066 in 662 career bats while striking out 353 times. (SCL)