Columbus Vance

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Columbus Vance
(Luke, Dazzy)

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 170 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Columbus Vance pitched in the 1920s and 1930s.

Vance lived in Honolulu, HI and served in the 24th Infantry before being signed by the Birmingham Black Barons. [1] He was 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA (174 ERA+) for the Black Barons in 1927. [2] He did not pitch in the playoffs against the Chicago American Giants. [3] He was 5-9 with a 7.02 ERA (66 ERA+) for Birmingham in 1930. He tied for 6th in the 1930 Negro National League in losses and was 7th in runs allowed (86). [4]

Birmingham was independent in 1931. In 1932, he was 0-3 with a 6.88 ERA (84 ERA+) for the Homestead Grays and 2-2, 4.60 (72 ERA+) for the Indianapolis ABCs. [5] He had a 3-7, 4.63 (92 ERA+) record for the 1933 Indianapolis ABCs-Detroit Stars. He was second in the 1933 NNL in losses (one behind Bill Byrd), 9th in IP (81 2/3, between Willie Foster and Percy Bailey), 6th in runs allowed (58, between Bert Hunter and Roy Williams), 6th in earned runs (42, between Byrd and Laymon Yokely), 8th in hits allowed, 1st in homers allowed (7) and 10th in K (45). [6] The team was an independent one again in 1934, his last season.

His main pitch was a curveball and he also threw a fastball and slider. [7]


  1. The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James Riley, pg. 800
  2. Seamheads DB
  3. The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues by John Holway
  4. Seamheads
  5. ibid.
  6. Seamheads
  7. The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues, pg. 800

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