Louis CardinalsChicago Cubsand St. A brash and colorful personality, he was the last National League NL pitcher to win 30 games in one season Dean was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Born on January 16, in Lucas, Ark. His colorful personality and eccentric behavior earned him the nickname "Dizzy".
He made his professional debut in and worked his way up to the major leagues that same year, throwing a complete game three-hitter for the Cardinals. Dean was best known for winning 30 games in the season while leading the " Gashouse Gang " St.
He had a 30—7 record with a 2. His brother, Paulwas also on the team, with a record ofand was nicknamed "Daffy", although this was usually only done for press consumption.
Though "Diz" sometimes called his brother "Daf", he typically referred to himself and his brother as "Me an' Paul". The Gashouse Gang was the southernmost and westernmost team in the major leagues at the time, and became a de facto " America's Team. Americans saw in these players, dirty and hustling rather than handsome and graceful, a spirit of hard work and perseverance, as opposed to the haughty, highly paid New York Giantswhom the Cardinals chased for the National League pennant.
Much like later sports legends Joe Namath and Muhammad AliDizzy liked to brag about his prowess and make public predictions. InDizzy predicted, "Me an' Paul are gonna win 45 games.
Paul then threw a no-hitter in the nightcap, Ricky larkin buck wright my brothers filthy friend bb win his 18th, matching the 45 that Diz had predicted.
He struck him out his first three at-bats, but when DiMaggio hit a popup behind the plate at his fourth, Dean screamed at his catcher, "Drop it!
Few in the press now doubted Diz's boast, as he was also fond of saying, "If ya done it, it ain't braggin'. The Cards needed them all to edge the Giants for Ricky larkin buck wright my brothers filthy friend bb pennant, setting up a matchup with the American League champion Detroit Tigers.
Dean was known for antics which inspired his nickname. In time, perception became reality. The next batter hit a potential double play groundball. Intent on avoiding the double play, Dean threw himself in front of the throw to first. The ball struck him on the head, and Dean was knocked unconscious and taken to a hospital. The storied and possibly apocryphal sports-section headline the next day said, "X-ray of Dean's head reveals nothing.
However, Dean was reported saying his head was too hard for a baseball to hurt it. Although the Tigers went on to win the gameDean recovered in time to pitch in Game 5 which he lost.
After the Cardinals won Game 6, Dean came back and pitched a complete game shutout in Game 7 to win the game and the Series for the Cardinals.
In the World Series the Dean brothers accounted for all, with two each, of the Cardinals wins. Averill hit a line drive back at the mound, hitting Dean on the foot. Told that his big toe was fractured, Dean responded, "Fractured, hell, the damn thing's broken! As a result, he hurt his arm, losing his great fastball. ByDean's arm was largely gone. Wrigley's order to buy the washed-up Dizzy Dean's contract at any cost.
Dean helped the Cubs win the National League pennant. The Cubs had been in third place, six games behind the first place Pittsburgh Pirates led by Pie Traynor. Dean pitched the opening game of the series and with an ailing arm, relied more on his experience and grit to defeat the Pirates by a score of 2 to 1.
Dean made a one-game comeback on September 28, After retiring as a player, the still-popular Dean was hired as a broadcaster by the perennially cash-poor Browns to drum up some badly needed publicity. After broadcasting several poor pitching performances in a row, he grew frustrated, saying on the air, "Doggone it, I can pitch better than nine out of the ten guys on this staff!
At age 37, Dean pitched four innings, allowing no runs, and rapped a single in his only at-bat. Rounding first base, he pulled his hamstring. Returning to the broadcast booth at the end of the game, he said, "I said I can pitch better than nine of the ten guys on the staff, and I can. Talking's my game now, and I'm just glad that muscle I pulled wasn't in my throat.
Following his playing career Dean became a well-known radio and television sportscastercalling baseball for the Cardinals —46Browns —48Yankees —51and Atlanta Braves —68 and nationally with MutualABC —54and CBS —where he teamed first with Buddy Blattner then with Pee Wee Reese. As a broadcaster, Dean was famous for his wit and his often-colorful butchering of the English language.