For the record, Mantle went 13-53 against Chance over his career, a .245 average with a .403 on base percentage and a .415 slugging average, though he did homer three times.Chance’s years of stardom were few, but he had many memorable moments while they lasted.He had particularly wonderful control against the Yankees.Author Arnold Hano said that Mickey Mantle had a hard time hitting him because Chance threw pitches low and outside at the knee.
On the mound, Chance threw a sinking fastball, a sweeping curve, and a slider.
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The pitcher who made the great Mickey Mantle reluctant to step into the batter’s box was the one and only Dean Chance.
Chance pitched for two seasons in the Orioles farm system, for the 1959 Bluefield Orioles of the Class D Appalachian League, and in 1960 for the Fox Cities Foxes of the Class B Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League, winning 22 games in total.
After the 1960 season American League teams had to make decisions on which players to expose in an expansion draft, hastily put together to stock the two new teams being formed in Washington and Los Angeles.
The team included Jim Fregosi and Bob Rodgers, and all three of them were called up to the Angels later that season.