A Dozen Things You Should Know About Paul Dean

Paul Dean

Paul Dean

1. Paul Dean was born in Lucas, Arkansas in August 1913. His parents were sharecroppers.

2. His older brother, Jay, and he were both excellent pitchers for their local team and caught the attention of scouts.

3. By 1932 he’d become a professional, playing for the Houston team of the Texas League.

4. In 1934 he joined his older brother, now universally known as “Dizzy” Dean, as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals.

5. Known as “Daffy,” a nickname he hated, he joined his brother to win 49 games, still a record for siblings on one team, in 1934.

6. In September 1934 he threw a no-hitter against the Brooklyn Dodgers. He allowed one baserunner (a walk). It was the only Cardinals no hitter thrown in the 1930s.

7. With St. Louis winning the National League pennant in 1934, he pitched games three and six of the World Series, winning both. After the Series he used his World Series share to buy a farm and pay for a Honeymoon.

8. He won 19 games again in 1935, then hurt his arm in 1936. The injury followed a long holdout and he claimed he was not yet in shape when the injury occurred.

9. He never recovered, going 7-6 for the rest of his career. He finished with the Cardinals in 1939, then spent two seasons with the New York Giants. During the Second World War he got into three games in 1943 with the St. Louis Browns. His final career record was 50-34 with an ERA of 3.38 and a BBREF WAR of 11.3 (10 of that earned in the 1934 and 1935 seasons).

10. After he left the Major Leagues, he managed in the minors and coached one year at the University of Plano, a school that closed in 1976.

11. He retired in 1965 and died in 1981, seven years after his more famous brother.

12. In the 1952 movie Pride of St. Louis he is played by actor Richard Crenna.

Paul Dean's grave in Arkansas

Paul Dean’s grave in Arkansas

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2 Responses to “A Dozen Things You Should Know About Paul Dean”

  1. William Miller Says:

    When I read about guys like him who blew out their arms at a young age, two thoughts come to mind:
    1) If they were alive and pitching today, could modern medicine have saved their careers?
    2) Whenever you hear about a pitcher in today’s game getting hurt, all you hear about is how, in the old days, pitchers were a lot tougher, and you didn’t have a lot of arm injuries. Perhaps the reason we have that perception is because once a pitcher gets hurt and is out of the game for a while, we tend to just about forget that they ever existed at all. I’m guessing you could make a pretty long list of pre-1980’s pitchers who had short careers due to arm injuries.

  2. wkkortas Says:

    I wonder if Paul Dean and Tommie Aaron play catch in Heaven?

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