Saturday, September 21, 2013

September 21, 1934: The Dean Brothers Steal The Show In Brooklyn

On September 21, 1934, Dizzy and Daffy Dean put on an absolute dominant show in both ends of a doubleheader at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York. With Dizzy on the mound in the first game he turned in a 3 hitter behind a 17 hit attack that led to a 13-0 shutout. The Cardinals offense was led by Ripper Collins in that first game, the first baseman went 4 for 5 which included 2 doubles and his 34th home run of the season. Dizzy went 7 innings before he gave up a hit, he said he didn't realize he had held the Dodgers hitless so long and if he did he might have beared down in the last couple of innings to complete the no-hitter, nonetheless it was a masterful performance by the Cardinals ace and secured his 27th win of that championship season. His brother Paul a.k.a. Daffy outdid his older brother, he pitched the third no-hitter in the history of the franchise. With two outs in the first, Daffy walked Len Koenecke then set down the next 25 men in a row. To cap off the feat, Daffy scored the first run of the ballgame for the Birds after picking up a double in the sixth. He finished the masterpiece off with a groundout off the bat of Ralph Boyle in the bottom of the ninth, then the fans in the stands at Ebbets stormed the field and celebrated the victory with the 21 year-old rookie. It was his 18th win of that '34 season. After the game Dizzy joked that he could have done better. He said "If Paul would have told me he was gonna pitch a  no-hitter, I'd of thowed one too." Another great day in Cardinal Nation.

The three hits were the fewest  ever managed by one team in a doubleheader, it was a record that stood until 1992 when Boston Red Sox hurler Matt Young tossed a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians  but still manged to lose the game 2-1, Young's performance was followed by a two-hit performance by Roger Clemens in a 3-0 win for the Sox.

Check out the box scores
Dizzy's Gem:
Daffy's No-No:

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