Dizzy Dean - 1933 Goudey

“Dizzy” Dean (1910-1974) born Jerome “Jay” Hanna Dean was, without question, one of the most colorful characters ever in professional sports, but also enjoyed one of the most successful, albeit short, careers in Major League Baseball history. Dean grew up in western Arkansas and was spotted by a St. Louis Cardinals scout while pitching semipro baseball in 1930 in San Antonio. Dean’s sergeant in the Army had already saddled him with the name “Dizzy”, for his eccentric, but down-home personality. In 1930, Dizzy signed with St. Louis and spent only two seasons pitching in the minors where he compiled a 51-20 record. In 1930, he made his Major League debut in St. Louis, throwing a three-hit complete game for his first win. By 1932, he was the ace of the Cardinals staff that also included the big right-hander Paul Derringer as well as relievers Tex Carleton and veteran Jesse Haines. In his first full season with the Redbirds, Dean went 18-15 while leading the league in strikeouts (191), innings pitched (286.0, shutouts (4) and batters faced (1,203). This was the first of four straight years that Diz led the National League in strikeouts. Ever the braggart, Dean predicted at the beginning of the 1934 season, that he and his brother, Paul, later dubbed “Daffy” by the media, would win 45 games between them, despite the fact that Paul had yet to pitch a single Major League game.

That year, Dizzy Dean led the NL with 30 wins, going 30-7, for a league leading .811 winning percentage, and also led in shutouts (7) and strikeouts (195) for the third straight year and was awarded the NL Most Valuable Player Award. And Paul, in his rookie campaign, won 19 games, easily topping the 45-game mark that Dizzy had predicted. He also was selected to his first of four All-Star Games. Most importantly, Dizzy led St. Louis to the National League pennant and then their third World Series championship in nine years and in franchise history. Dizzy, along with Pepper Martin was a leader of St. Louis’ famed Gashouse Gang that won the love and respect of the heartland, playing with grit and determination and appealing more to the everyman as opposed to living the glitzy life like so many New York players. He finished second in MVP voting the next two years.

The hand-throwing right-hander pitched 12 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals (1930, 1932-1937) and in 1937, though exhausted from so many innings pitched over the previous few seasons, started the 1937 All-Star Game. In the third inning, Cleveland Indians Earl Averill lined a shot up the middle that struck Dean in the foot, breaking his big toe. In true Dean style, when told that he had fractured the toe, replied, “Fractured? Hell, the damn thing’s broken!” Over the next few weeks, as Dean attempted to come back from the injury, he made adjustments to his mechanics that eventually changed his delivery and diminished the effectiveness of his fastball. Prior to the start of the 1938 season, St. Louis shipped Dean to the Chicago Cubs for three players and cash, though his effectiveness was waning. He helped the Cubs win the 1938 NL pennant, going 7-1 in 12 starts, but they fell to the New York Yankees in four games. Dizzy Dean pitched four seasons in Chicago (1938-1941) before retiring to the broadcast booth for the St. Louis Browns. Dean would make one more appearance on the mound after boasting that “Doggone it! I can pitch better than nine of the ten guys on this staff!” to the dismay of players, players wives and management of the Browns. At the age of 37, retired from the mound for better than five years, Dizzy Dean pitched four shutout innings, allowing only three hits, against the Chicago White Sox.

Dizzy Dean compiled a record of 150-83 with 1,163 strikeouts and a 3.02 earned run average over 12 seasons and 230 starts. “Ol’ Diz” left an indelible mark on the game both on and off the field. For the next 25 years he won the hearts of fans across America in the broadcast booth for the Cardinals (1941-1946) and Browns (1941-1948) the New York Yankees (1950-1951) and the Atlanta Braves (1966-1968). Dizzy Dean could butcher the English language better than any other who ever performed in front of a microphone, much to the delight of fans. He once described Browns outfielder Al Zarilla slide into third base as “Zarilla slud into third!” Slud, therefore became commonplace for the colorful announcer. When an elementary school teacher wrote Dizzy a letter regarding his mispronunciation and the use of the word ain’t and how it was teaching children improper English, Dean replied on the air, “A lot of folks who ain’t sayin’ ain’t, ain’t eatin’. So, Teach, you learn ‘em English, and I’ll learn ‘em baseball.” In 1952, The Pride of St. Louis hit movie theatres with the lead character loosely based on the beloved broadcaster. Dizzy Dean retired to Bond, Mississippi and died there in 1974. Jay Hanna “Dizzy” Dean was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT 8 (21)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
09/21/2017 $31,200 9 50223 Heritage Auctions September 2017 1933 Goudey PSA Auction Auction 02017110
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