The last National League pitcher to win 30 games in a season, Dizzy Dean was in the inaugural class for the Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2014.
Dean pitched in one game in 1930 before reaching the big leagues to stay in 1932. During a six-year run with the Cardinals from 1932-1937, Dean averaged more than 22 wins season.
A colorful figure and great drawing card, Dean was equal parts entertainer and baseball player.
According to the Hall of Fame, Dean’s Gashouse Gang teammate Pepper Martin explained, “When ole Diz was out there pitching it was more than just another ballgame. It was a regular three-ring circus and everybody was wide awake and enjoying being alive.”
Dean’s career was regrettably cut short after an incident in the 1937 All Star game. An Earl Averill line drive comebacker hit Dean on his big toe. When told the toe was fractured, Dean responded, “Fractured, hell, the damn thing’s broken!”
Dean altered his pitching motion to avoid landing on his sore toe. The adjustment altered caused him to hurt his arm and lost his once overpowering fastball.
Only 27 years old at the time of the injury he was one of the most dominant players in either league. Though he pitched parts of 5 more seasons, Dean would win a mere 16 games after the 1937 season.
Dean was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1953.
Shown here is a postcard photo adorned with the signature of Dizzy Dean.
Old Diz just callin’em like he seen ’em. Sure miss his Announcing Baseball games.RIP God Bless.
Still remember Diz commenting on a weak hitting pitcher who had just gotten a hit. “That makes him 2 for 3. Two hits in three seasons”