Coming in at number 3 of our top 100 Angels, Chuck Finley pitched 14 years with the California Angels. He is the all time Angels career leader in wins with 165. His 379 games started are also number one all time for the Angels. He is number one all time for the Angels for innings pitched at 2,675. Chuck Finley struck out 2,610 batters as an Angel, which places him at number two on the Angels all time strikeout list. In August 2009, he was inducted into the Angels Hall of Fame.
He was something of a rarity, as a left handed power pitcher. He combined a hard fastball with a devastating forkball. The forkball often dove into the dirt and could get past both the batter and the catcher. Because of this, Finley became the first pitcher in Major League history to record four strikeouts in an inning more than once. His first such inning came on May 12, 1999. The second came on August 15, 1999. He did it a third time with the Cleveland Indians on April 16, 2000.
Chuck Finley signed with the Indians before the 2000 season and he therefore missed out on winning that piece of metal in 2002. In his two and a half years with Cleveland he went 28 – 29 with a 4.59 ERA. Cleveland traded him to the Cardinals for Coco Crisp. He then finished out the 2002 season and his career going 7 – 4.
Chuck Finley married actress Tawny Kitaen in 1997. They have two daughters, Wynter and Raine. Finley filed for divorce in 2002 three days after Kitaen was charged with domestic violence for beating him with a stiletto heel. Kitaen claimed Chuck Finley was on steroids. She also accused him of heavy marijuana and alcohol use. Said Finley: “I can’t believe she left out the cross-dressing.” Finley’s third daughter, Briena Finley, was born in 2007 from another relationship.