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39 GARY LANCE (Franchise player #0124 - 1977-10)

Position: P

Gary Lance

Gary Dean Lance
Bats: Both, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 195 lb.

College: South Carolina

Born: September 21, 1948 in Greenville, SC

Acquired: Before 1971 Season: Signed by the Royals as an amateur free agent (attended Royals Academy)

Departed: Sent by the Royals to the San Diego Padres to complete an earlier deal made on June 5, 1978. The Royals sent a player to be named later (Gary Lance) to the Padres for Steve Hamrick.

MLB Debut: September 28, 1977
Final MLB Game: September 28, 1977
Royals Debut: September 28, 1977
Final Royals Game:
September 28, 1977
 
Statistics with the Royals (led team in bold)
Year W L G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
1977 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 4.50
Career 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 0 4.50

For complete stats, go to Baseball-Reference.com's Gary Lance page

 
From the Kansas City Royals 1978 Media Guide:
...attended the University of South Carolina for 3 years and was a shortstop during his collegiate career...was selected by Royals in 1971 for the Academy...has 7 minor league seasons under his belt and saw 1st major league service in final month of '77 with Kansas City...will bid for spot as spot starter and reliever.
1977 Highlights: Gary recorded perhaps his finest pro season in '77, leading the Omaha pitching staff in wins, innings pitched, complete games, starts, strikeouts and tying for the shutout high (4)...he opened the season by winning 5 of his 1st 6 decisions and closed by notching victories in 10 of his final 13 verdicts...Gary won 7 consecutive decisions from June 25-Aug. 9...during that span he worked 74.1 innings, allowing 64 hits, 31 runs, 26 earned runs, and 33 walks while posting 37 strikeouts and a 3.14 ERA...he tossed 2 3-hitters, a 4-hitter, a pair of 5-hitters, and a 6-hitter...1 of his 3-hitters came Aug. 5 against Indianapolis in a 4-0 win in which he allowed 1 walk and had 5 strikeouts...the other was a 7-inning outing in 1st game of an April 21 twinbill vs. Iowa...he allowed 1 run while walking 1 and striking out 2...he recorded his season strikeout high with 13 against Evansville on June 25 in a 4-0 triumph in which he scattered 5 hits and didn't walk a batter...on May 7 he worked 8.1 innings and allowed only 3 hits to register a 3-1 triumph  over New Orleans and on July 15 he fired a 4-hit, 7-0 win over Iowa...Gary joined the Royals after the American Association playoffs and made his only big league appearance in a relief role on Sept. 28 at Oakland...was charged with a loss in 10-inning, 6-5 contest while working 2 innings, allowing 2 hits, 1 run, and 2 walks.
Career Highlights: Gary is a veteran of 7 minor league season in the Kansas City, including campaigns with Omaha the past 3 years...in 1975 at Omaha he tied for 3rd in wins (12) in the American Association, was 6th in the loop in ERA (3.23) and led pitchers in both putouts (26) and chances accepted (58)...prior to jumping to Omaha in '75, Gary turned in strong back-to-back seasons at Jacksonville in the Southern League...on August 26, 1973, he fired a 9-inning no-hitter against Birmingham...in 1972 at San Jose, he fanned 112 batters in 122 innings and notched a 1-hit shutout against Visalia on June 14...Gary had a no-hitter for 7.2 innings and retired the first 13 batters in order in that contest...prior to beginning his professional career Gary was a 3-sport standout at Dentxville High in Columbia before attending South Carolina...played baseball, basketball, and football.
Year Club ERA W L G GS CG SV IP H R ER BB SO
1971 Sarasota 3.60 0 1 11 2 0 0 25 19 11 10 9 19
1972 San Jose 3.39 5 10 33 12 6 3 122 107 68 46 50 112
1973 San Jose 2.48 3 1 4 4 2 0 29 19 8 8 14 35
1973 Jacksonville 3.52 8 8 20 20 5 0 133 125 62 52 56 59
1974 Jacksonville 3.44 11 5 45 12 4 1 157 155 80 60 68 95
1975 Omaha 3.23 12 11 28 24 7 0 178 160 77 64 58 77
1976 Omaha 4.36 10 10 25 25 5 0 157 166 103 76 57 65
1977 Omaha 3.18 16 7 29 29 10 0 203 185 87 72 79 113
1977 KANSAS CITY 4.50 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 2 0

1971 Selected from tryout camp for Royals Academy, Signed by Syd Thrift

 
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