Chance, Witt, Salmon to be inducted into Angels HOF

Chance, Witt, Salmon to be inducted into Angels HOF

DENVER -- Dean Chance, Mike Witt and Tim Salmon will soon be inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame, the club announced Tuesday.

The ceremony will take place Saturday, Aug. 22, before a home game against the Blue Jays.

Chance won a Cy Young Award while with the Angels in 1964, at that time 23 years old and the youngest recipient of the award. He led the American League in wins (20), innings (278 1/3), ERA (1.65) and shutouts (11) that season, when only one Cy Young Award was handed out for both leagues.

In six seasons with the Angels, Chance won 74 games and posted a 2.83 ERA.

Witt authored a perfect game against the Rangers on Sept. 30, 1984, and combined with Mark Langston for a no-hitter against the Mariners on April 11, 1990, tossing the final two innings. He finished his Angels career with 109 wins (fourth most in franchise history), a 3.76 ERA (ninth lowest among qualifiers) and 1,965 1/3 innings (third).

Salmon spent his entire 14-year career with the Angels, winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 1993 and finishing in the top 10 in MVP voting twice. Salmon holds the franchise record for homers (299) and walks (970), while ranking second to Garret Anderson in games (1,672), runs (986), hits (1,674), total bases (2,958) and RBIs (1,106), among others.

Chance, Witt and Salmon will join previous inductees Bobby Grich (1988), Jim Fregosi (1989), Don Baylor (1990), Rod Carew (1991), Nolan Ryan (1992), Jimmie Reese (1995), Brian Downing (2009), Chuck Finley (2009), Gene Autry (2011), the 2002 World Series championship team (2012) and Bobby Knoop (2013).

"To add these three outstanding performers to our Hall of Fame is a proud moment for our organization and fan base," Angels owner Arte Moreno said in a statement. "From Dean's memorable Cy Young campaign in 1964, to Mike's 109 career wins as an Angel and Tim's contributions during his 14-year career, these inductees are responsible for some tremendous memories in our organization's history."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.