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Dizzy Dean

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Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean (January 16, 1910 - July 17, 1974) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was born in Lucas, Arkansas. He was a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1930 to 1937, the Chicago Cubs from 1938 to 1941, and the St. Louis Browns in 1947.

The 1947 appearance came on the last day of the season. The long-since retired Dean was the broadcaster for Browns games at the time. He boasted on the air that he could perform better than the perennially-bad Browns. Management took him up on his offer and had him pitch the last game of the year. Dean pitched four innings, didn't give up any runs and rapped a double in his only at-bat.

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His brother, Paul "Daffy" Dean, was also a major league pitcher.

Dizzy went on to become a well-known sportscaster, famous for his wit and often-colorful butchering of the English language. Dean died in Reno, Nevada.

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