Toledo News Bee, August 22, 1914:
Pitcher “Dazzy” Vance, aged 20, who was offered for sale by the Superior club of the Nebraska State league together with the franchise and entire club early this season for $250 with no takers, has been sold by Jack Holland of the St. Joseph Western league club to Pittsburg Nationals for $5,000.
Disgusted at the offer made by Superior, Vance bought his release for $50, joined Hastings team and was almost immediately sold to the St. Joseph club for $1,000.
The good news was that the Pirates got a future Hall of Famer who led the National League in strikeouts seven years in a row, wins twice, ERA three times, shutouts four times, complete games twice, and won an MVP award.
The bad news for the Pirates is that he did all that stuff as a Dodger. Dazzy had a sore arm when the Pirates bought his rights, and he bounced around the minors for a half-dozen years before a doctor performed an unspecified surgery on his elbow. It’s safe to say the surgery was successful.
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