Saturday, August 15, 2009

1976 Topps #176 - Dick Lange

  • Dick Lange's major league career was over when this card was made. He pitched for the Califorina Angels from 1972-1975.
  • Lange was drafted by the Angels in 1970 and was assigned to the rookie level Idaho Falls club. He overmatched the competition by going 13-0 in 14 starts with a 1.95 ERA and no home runs allowed. Dick started the 1971 season with AA Shreveport and moved up to AAA Salt Lake. He was a combined 10-9 for the two teams.
  • Dick spent most of the 1972 season with AAA Salt Lake and was 11-11 with a 2.97 ERA. He was called up to the Angels in September and appeared in two games. Dick started the 1973 season with Salt Lake and was recalled in mid-July. He was 2-1 with a 4.44 ERA in 17 games (4 starts) for the Angels in '73.
  • Lange was able to stay with the Angels for the entire 1974 season. He started 18 games (21 total appearances). Dick had a record of 3-8 with a 3.80 ERA. He started the 1975 season with Salt Lake again and was recalled after three starts. Lange finished the '75 season with the Angels but didn't fare very well (4-6, 5.21 ERA in 102 innings).
  • Dick didn't make the Angels in 1976 and again pitched for Salt Lake. He also pitched in Salt Lake in 1977 before calling it a career. Dick was probably a fan favorite there as he spent time there from '71-'77.
  • He was inducted into the Central Michigan University Hall of Fame in 1987.


  1. I did not know that.

    I just posted a mini-tribute to your blog over in The Phillies Room. Thanks for sharing these great cards and providing me with entertainment every day.

  2. Central Michigan Class of 1987 here! I never knew that Dick Lange is a fellow CMU grad. "Fight, Central down the field! Fight for victory! Fight, fellows never yield! We're with you, oh Varsity! Onward with banners bold! To our colors we'll be true! Fight, Central down the field! Down the field for CMU!!!! Varsity! Victory! Chippewas, we're proud of our nickname! Hear our song! Loud and strong! Central is going to win this game!!!!!"