September 30, 1934: Dizzy Dean’s 30th win clinches the National League pennant

After pitching their second complete game in three days, most men would have applied every cube of ice they could find to their aching pitching arm. After shutting out the Reds on the final day of the 1934 season to secure the National League championship, Dizzy Dean had other ideas. Shortly after Dean walked offContinue reading “September 30, 1934: Dizzy Dean’s 30th win clinches the National League pennant”

July 1, 1934: Dizzy Dean pitches 17 frames and Joe Medwick hits a game-winning homer in 18-inning marathon

Dizzy Dean may not have been at his best when he faced the Reds July 1, 1934, at Crosley Field, but his 17-inning pitching performance kept the Cardinals in the game long enough to top Cincinnati, 8-6. Dean entered the game having won 11 of his last 12 decisions and each of his last fourContinue reading “July 1, 1934: Dizzy Dean pitches 17 frames and Joe Medwick hits a game-winning homer in 18-inning marathon”

May 11, 1934: Paul Dean emerges with extra-inning win over Carl Hubbell and the defending world champion Giants

Two months after signing his first major-league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, Paul Dean’s burgeoning career was at a crossroads. His big brother, Dizzy Dean, had taken it upon himself to serve as Paul’s spokesperson, telling anyone who would listen that his little brother was an even better pitcher than he was, and predictingContinue reading “May 11, 1934: Paul Dean emerges with extra-inning win over Carl Hubbell and the defending world champion Giants”

What I’m Reading: “Dizzy and the Gashouse Gang” by Doug Feldmann

Doug Feldmann has become one of my favorite sources for well-researched books about the most fascinating teams in Cardinals history, so it’s no surprise that I enjoyed his 2000 book, Dizzy and the Gashouse Gang, about the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals. This particular team provides plenty of fodder for a writer like Feldmann, and heContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “Dizzy and the Gashouse Gang” by Doug Feldmann”

September 21, 1934: Hours after his brother throws a three-hit shutout, Paul Dean throws the second no-hitter in Cardinals history

After watching Dizzy Dean spin a three-hit shutout and Paul Dean throw the second no-hitter in St. Louis Cardinals history, Brooklyn Times-Union sportswriter Bill McCullough was moved to poetry with his lede in the next day’s paper: You may sing the praises of Mickey Cochrane’s Tigers and the glory of the Giants from the housetops.Continue reading “September 21, 1934: Hours after his brother throws a three-hit shutout, Paul Dean throws the second no-hitter in Cardinals history”