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Dizzy Dean

Pitched Way To World Series

In 1934, Dean's kid brother, Paul, joined the Cardinals' pitching staff. Dean bragged about his little brother's talent and predicted that they would win 45 games between them. Dizzy Dean won 30 that season, while his little brother won 19, for a total of 49. The Cardinals also won the pennant and ended up in the World Series playing the Detroit Tigers. Once again, the immodest Dizzy Dean spouted off, saying that he and his kid brother would win the series for the Cardinals. Again, he was right. The Dean brothers each won two games apiece in the series, giving the Cardinals the championship. It was a phenomenal season for Dizzy Dean, who led the National League in wins (30), complete games (24), shutouts (7), and strikeouts (195). He was named the National League Most Valuable Player (MVP), as well as World Series MVP.


1910 Born Jay Hanna Dean on January 16 in Lucas, Arkansas
1926 Joins the U.S. Army
1930 Makes debut in baseball with St. Louis Cardinals farm team in St. Joseph, Missouri
1930 Makes major league debut for Cardinals, gets 3-1 win over Pittsburgh Pirates on September 28, but is sent back down to minor leagues
1931 Marries Patricia Nash on June 10
1932 Spends first full season in the major league
1934 Enjoys season with brother (Paul Dean) joining him on Cardinals pitching staff
1935 Stars in Warner Bros. movie Dizzy and Daffy, a comedy based on the pitching lives of Dizzy and Paul Dean
1937 Fractures toe pitching in All-Star Game
1938 Traded to Chicago Cubs
1941 Retires from baseball and embarks on radio career as broadcaster for the St. Louis Browns and St. Louis Cardinals
1947 Makes last major league appearance pitching for the St. Louis Browns on September 28
1950 Becomes TV announcer for New York Yankees
1952 Film biography, The Pride of St. Louis, is released
1955-65 Works as announcer for CBS-TV's Game of the Week
1974 Dies on July 17, in Reno, Nevada, following a heart attack

At the start of 1935, Dizzy Dean once again boasted that "me 'n Paul" would win 45 games—and they did. Dizzy Dean was a braggart, but a braggart people loved. As teammate Bill Hallahan told Curt Smith, author of America's Dizzy Dean, "When you have a person that says, 'I can do this or that. Just watch me,' that's being a braggart. But when you say that and keep doing what you say, that's something."

The allure of the baseball-throwing brothers, however, was short-lived. In 1936, Paul Dean developed a sore arm from overuse and in 1937, Dizzy Dean broke a toe, but refused to rest so it could heal. Dizzy Dean never recovered, and in 1938 was dealt to the Chicago Cubs. Dean kept trying to pitch, but his well of fastballs had run dry. Finally, in 1941, he retired.

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