September 28, 1930: Dizzy Dean makes his major-league debut

With the National League championship wrapped up and a berth to the World Series guaranteed, the St. Louis Cardinals used their 1930 regular-season finale to get their first glimpse of  20-year-old Jay Hanna Dean – more commonly known as Dizzy Dean. One year prior, Dean had been pitching while stationed with the U.S. Army atContinue reading “September 28, 1930: Dizzy Dean makes his major-league debut”

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”

What I’m Reading: “The Gashouse Gang” by John Heidenry

Despite its title, John Heidenry’s “The Gashouse Gang: How Dizzy Dean, Leo Durocher, Branch Rickey, Pepper Martin, and Their Colorful, Come-From-Behind Ball Club Won the World Series – and America’s Heart – During the Great Depression” is mostly a book about the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals’ star pitcher – Dizzy Dean. Of course, the bookContinue reading “What I’m Reading: “The Gashouse Gang” by John Heidenry”