Prior to the start of the 1934 season the Cardinals brought Paul Dean up from the minors. Paul was Dizzy’s younger brother, who Dizzy always claimed was a better pitcher than he was. Dizzy made a promise – “If they give Paul the ball, me ‘n’ Paul will win forty-five games.”
Dizzy may have done some off the wall things in his day, but making that bold prediction wasn’t one of them. Paul finished the 1934 season with a record of 19 – 11 and big brother finished at 30 – 7. The Arkansas born Dean boys won 49 regular season games for the Cardinals and Dizzy made good on his promise. But they were just getting started.
The Cardinals finished the regular season with a 95 – 58 record for first place the National League. They were headed to a World Series showdown with the American League Champion Detroit Tigers.
Dizzy mangles a toy Tiger to show what he and Cardinals planned to do in the World Series.
The Series began on Wednesday October 3 at Tiger Stadium. Dizzy started game one against Tigers ace Alvin Crowder. Dean pitched a complete game gem, leading the Cardinals to an easy 8 – 3 victory. Dizzy struck out 6, walked 3 and contributed at the plate with one hit and two rbi’s.
October 4th brought a game two win for the Tigers in 12 innings. Winning pitcher for Detroit was Schoolboy Rowe (a candidate for one of the greatest baseball names of all time) while Bill Walker took the L for the Redbirds.
With a Dean back on the mound in game three, Paul at home in Sportsman’s Park, the Cardinals coasted to a 4 – 1 victory. Like his brother in game one, Paul threw a complete game beauty. Upping his brother by one, Dean struck out 7 but walked two more with 5 bb’s. He also contributed at the plate with an RBI.
With no Dean on the mound, the Cardinals and pitcher Bill Walker lost game four, 10 – 4. While neither of the Dean’s were on the mound, Dizzy was used as a pinch runner. In the 4th inning, Dizzy came in to run for Spud Davis. On a ground ball, Dizzy tried to break up a potential double play by going into second standing up. It didn’t work out as planned. Dizzy took SS Bill Rogell’s toss directly to the forehead, was knocked out and carried of the diamond on a stretcher.
Dizzy recovered in time to take the mound in game 5, but couldn’t manage the get the win. Dean threw a great game, giving up only seven hits and three runs, but Tigers hurler Tommy Bridges was just a little better that Sunday afternoon. The Tigers took the series lead 3 games to 2.
It was back to Tiger Stadium for game 6 and Paul Dean was on the mound facing that Schoolboy Rowe. Both pitchers went the distance. Roye struck out 5, Dean 4. Dean walked 2, Rowe 0. The crucial stat went to Dean, with Rowe giving up 4 runs and Dean only giving up 3. The Cardinals and Tigers were headed to game seven at Tiger Stadium.
The Cardinals handed the ball to Dizzy for game seven. The Tigers turned things over to Elden Auker. The Cardinals bats got to Auker early and often. They scored 7 runs in the third and Auker didn’t make it out of the inning. Meanwhile, Dean was breezing through, not giving up a hit until the 4th. As he did in the first game of the series, Dizzy pitched a complete game to close out the Series and to give the Cardinals their third World Series title. Final score, 11 – 0.
Dizzy was named season MVP and finished the year with a 2.66 ERA.
“Just think, I really didn’t know how good me ‘n’ Paul were. I said we’d win forty-five games and , dawggone, we won forty-nine in the season and four more in the World Series.” Dizzy Dean
Here's our reproduction of Dizzy Dean's 1934 Cardinals jersey.