Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Dizzy Dean Predicts St. Louis Cardinals will win pennant
Dean--who incidentally was born on January 16th--actually went even farther than a pennant prediction. He predicted he would win 20 to 25 games and that his brother Paul would win 18 to 20. Dizzy was two out of three, the Cardinals did win the pennant (and the World Series, over Detroit in seven games with Dizzy throwing a shut out in Game 7) and Paul Dean won 19 games. Dizzy was either conservative or modest, he won 30 games, rather than the 20-25 he predicted for himself. Despite the passing of more than seventy years, Dean's 30-7 record remains the last thirty game winner in the National League (the last in MLB belongs to Denny McLain in 1968).
Dean was something of an outspoken figure; his pennant prediction is not out of line with the rest of quotable career. Dean is thought to have been the man who coined the phrase "It ain't bragging if you can back it up" and also noted that "anybody who's ever had the privilege of seeing me play knows that I am the greatest pitcher in the world." Dean's career ended relatively suddenly, while pitching in the 1937 All-Star Game, Earl Averill lined a ball off Dean's foot. The ball broke Dean's toe, and in compensating for the injury, Dean hurt his arm. After averaging 287 IP the first six seasons of his career, Dean would throw just 230 in the last five, including four innings in a 1947 "comeback" with the St. Louis Browns.
January 18th, 1964
Brady Anderson Born
Brady Anderson is remembered for two things: His distinctive sideburns and his fantastically fluky 1996 season.