Kansas City scout Whitey Herzog had only to look in the A's backyard to find Dobson,
a 6'4" fireballer. Dobson threw a Northwest League no-hitter his first pro season
(1965), but was disabled much of his rookie 1966 season with a rotator cuff strain.
He returned to win in double figures for five straight ML seasons. In 1970, Dobson
led the AL with 40 starts, going 16-15. He was on his way to 20 wins in 1971 with
a 15-5 record in August, but recurring shoulder problems cut short his season, and
eventually ended his career.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 19, 1967: Steve Hargan of the Indians and the A's Chuck Dobson lock up in a scoreless duel until, with two outs in the 9th inning, Hargan hits his only career home run for the 1–0 win.
»August 26, 1968:
In their first of two straight doubleheaders, Dave McNally makes it easy in the opener by belting a first-inning grand slam, off the A's Chuck Dobson. The O's score seven runs in the inning and beat the A's. 8–2. The A's come back in the nitecap, winning 2–0 behind Catfish Hunter and Diego Segui.
»June 22, 1969: An American League record-tying, three straight, 2-out home runs by Ted Kubiak, Reggie Jackson, and Sal Bando in the 3rd inning power a 7–3 Oakland victory over Minnesota in the first of two games. Bando also homers in the first to back Chuck Dobson's win over Jim Kaat. Katt gets a save in the nitecap as Jim Perry squeezes home Oliva with the winning run in the 13th. Twins win, 4–3.
»August 27, 1970: Mike Cuellar wins his 20th game for Baltimore, defeating the A's, 6–4. Chuck Dobson is the loser, giving up four runs in 2+ innings.