Vance Law

Vance Aaron Law (born October 1, 1956) is an American former professional baseball third baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1980–81), Chicago White Sox (1982–84), Montreal Expos (1985–87), Chicago Cubs (1988–89), and Oakland Athletics (1991). He also played one season in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Chunichi Dragons in 1990. Law batted and threw right-handed. He is the son of Cy Young Award winner Vern Law. He served as head baseball coach at Brigham Young University from 2000 to 2012.[1]

Vance Law
Third baseman
Born: October 1, 1956 (age 62)
Boise, Idaho
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 1, 1980, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1991, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.256
Home runs71
Runs batted in442
Career highlights and awards
Vance Law
Biographical details
BornOctober 1, 1956 (age 62)
Boise, Idaho
Playing career
Position(s)Shortstop (baseball)
Point Guard (basketball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2000–2012Brigham Young University
Accomplishments and honors
Mountain West Conference (2001)
Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year (2001)

Pro career

Law's best season in the Major Leagues was in 1988 when he hit .293, with 163 hits, and 78 RBIs. He was selected to the 1988 All-Star Game as one of a then-record six Cubs players on the team (Andre Dawson, Greg Maddux, Ryne Sandberg, Rafael Palmeiro, and Shawon Dunston were the other five.)

Law holds an American League record for the longest errorless game by a third baseman when he played all 25 innings of the longest game in AL history (May 8 and 9, 1984, against the Milwaukee Brewers). Law also appeared as a pitcher in 7 games, all as an emergency relief pitcher in games that were already blowout losses. While a position player may occasionally have one or two career pitching appearances (see, for example, Rocky Colavito), seven such appearances is an extraordinarily high number. Law finished all 7 games he appeared in, and had a career ERA of 3.38 in 8 innings.

Coaching career

Law became head baseball coach at Brigham Young University in 2000. Following the 2012 season, Law did not have his contract renewed. Law was 397–347–2 as head coach over a 13-year span.[2]

In December 2012, the Chicago White Sox announced Law would rejoin the organization as a minor league coach.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Vance Law Staff Bio". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Vance Law out as BYU baseball coach after 13 mostly mediocre seasons".
  3. ^ "Burns, Law return to White Sox". 18 December 2012.

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