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Spring Fashions; Hot New Actor; A Look at Dean Chance, March 27, 1969

March 27, 2009 |  8:00 am

Did women ever really dress like this? Ask your mom.


1969_0327_chance Dean Chance should have owned Los Angeles. He was the third Cy Young Award winner in three years who called Dodger Stadium home. Don Drysdale won it in 1962, Sandy Koufax in 1963 and Chance, a young right-hander with the Los Angeles Angels, was right behind them in 1964. He was 20-9 for the Angels and seemed headed for stardom.

But by 1969 Chance was closer to the end than to Cooperstown. He was preparing to start his final season with the Minnesota Twins, who traded for him from the Angels after the 1966 season. John Wiebusch's story in The Times captured Chance's small-town roots, folksy charm and new interest--boxing.

"There may be a better pitcher around the American League but if there is he hasn't started to shave yet," said his new manager, Billy Martin. "Dean Chance has a lot of things going for him and he's only 27."

With the Angels, Chance teamed with another young and talented pitcher, Bo Belinsky. One earned a Cy Young Award and the other a no-hitter, but the Angels eventually gave up on both of them.

--Keith Thursby