Just finished reading the “Gashouse Gang” by Heindry. Absolutely loved it.
Dizzy Dean is a legend. Professional sport today would be better off if there were more lovable rogues like him. His antics & the things he said are classic. Just to give one example, & this is basically how the book ends. After the Cards took the World Series in ‘34 speculation was rife that the team would be sold. This is what he told reporters:
“I may buy the team myself. Me ‘n’ Paul ought to have enough money pretty soon to buy it, & before I get through with all these conferences I may make Sam Breadon an offer he can’t refuse if he’s half the business man I think he is. I wouldn’t mind owning a ball club with a couple of pitchers on it like me ‘n’ Paul”
This is just one of many hilarious quotes.
Ol’ Diz aside it’s also a thoroughly fascinating pennant race & World Series.
I’m sure many on this forum have read the book but I thought I would throw my piece in. Highly recommended.
Can anyone recommend particular biographies on Dizzy Dean? I know a few have been published.
I believe in all that - in baseball, in picnics, in freedom. Walt Whitman, 1888