October 1, 1956 |
|June 1, 1980, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 6, 1991, for the Oakland Athletics|
|Runs batted in||442|
|Career highlights and awards|
October 1, 1956 |
Point Guard (basketball)
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2000–2012||Brigham Young University|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Mountain West Conference (2001)|
|Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year (2001)|
Vance Aaron Law (born October 1, 1956) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball. From 1980 through 1991, he played 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 Japan 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.
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.
In December 2012, the Chicago White Sox announced Law would rejoin the organization as a minor league coach.
- "Vance Law Staff Bio". BYUCougars.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-24. Retrieved 25 April 2012.