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Dean Chance Dominates in '64 - Angels All-Star Moments

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Our countdown of the all-time Angels All-Star Game moments continues...

#5 Dean Chance Starts the 1964 All-Star Game and records the best performance ever by an Angels pitcher.

In Dean Chance's storied Cy Young season of 1964, note that he was named the starting pitcher for the American League that season. Taking the mound at Shea Stadium a year and one month before the Beatles would, Dean Chance put on a great performance before 50,580 fans. He tossed his first pitch with a 1-0 lead, his teammate Jim Fregosi having singled to lead off the game against the dreaded Dodger Don Drysdale.

Chance led his outing off with back to back strikeouts of Roberto Clemente and Dick Groat. He pitched three innings, allowed no runs, struck out those two, walked none, gave up two singles, one each in the 2nd and 3rd and was in line to get the win until a walkoff homer in the bottom of the 9th ended that chance.

Four Angels pitchers have started the All-Star Game: Mark Langston in 1993, Nolan Ryan in 1979, Dean Chance in 1964 and Ken McBride in 1963.

Chance's start was back-to-back All-Star Game starts for the new franchise and if outdueling Drysdale on the national stage was not enough, Chance would get the sole major league Cy Young that season over Sandy Koufax. And the announced crowd for the Beatles was 500 people smaller than for Dean Chance's start...