Bruce Dal Canton had a very successful major league pitching career. He started pitching in the minors in 1966 for Columbus of the Internal League and with Asheville of the Southern League going a combined 3-1 in 19 games and worked his way up to the Pittsburgh Pirates in late 1968 going 2-1 with a stingy 1.82 ERA in eight games. A hard thrower with a nice assortment of other pitches, Bruce Dal Canton worked in the bullpen for the Pirates in 1969-1970, and posted records of 8-2 with 5 saves in 51 games and then 9-4 with 1 save in 41 games.
On December 2, 1970 Bruce Dal Canton was traded along with catcher Jerry May and shortstop Freddie Patek to the KC Royals for infielder Jackie Hernandez, pitcher Bob Johnson and catcher Jim Campanis (assigned to the minors). At Kansas City, Bruce Dal Canton quickly became a favorite of Royals fans and fashioned together four very solid seasons. All in all he had a very solid major league career. Note: an interesting statistic: he allowed less than a hit an inning, 894 hits in 931.1 innings.