Dean, Dizzy

Jay Hanna Dean
Born: January 16, 1910, Lucas, Arkansas
Died: July 17, 1974, Reno, Nevada
Played For: 
St. Louis Cardinals (1930, 1932-1937), Chicago Cubs (1938-1941), St. Louis Browns (1947)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1953

Jay Hanna Dizzy Dean, the brash Cardinals fireballer, burst upon the big league scene in 1932 and averaged 24 wins over his first five full campaigns. A winner of four consecutive National League strikeout crowns, Diz was 30-7 in 1934 (the last NL pitcher to record 30 wins) when he and his brother Paul led the Gashouse Gang to the world championship. A broken toe suffered in the 1937 All-Star Game led to an arm injury that eventually shortened his playing days. He later embarked on a successful broadcasting career.

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Did You Know: 
that Dizzy Dean made his big league debut on the final day of the 1930 season, surrendering just three hits as he defeated the Pirates, 3-1?
I may not have been the greatest pitcher ever, but I was amongst 'em.