Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22, 1934: Paul Dean Strikes Out 10; Collins and Frisch Steal The Show

     On June 22, 1934, the Gashouse Gang ganged up on the on the Dodgers in St. Louis, beating them 7-2 to the delight of the home crowd. It was a combo platter of teamwork that led to this victory, as Paul Dean struck out 10 men en route to his ninth victory of the campaign, while Ripper Collins and player/manager Frankie Frisch were the offensive stars of the tilt. Frisch went 5 for 5 with two doubles, and two runs scored, while Collins knocked him across the plate with his sixteenth big blast of the season in the fourth. Dizzy's little rookie brother Paul was making a name for himself quickly, as he sat just one win behind his sibling, but ole Dizzy made widened that gap to two the next day by winning his eleventh. The Dean brothers accounted for 49 wins during that 1934 season, which is more than half of the club's 95 wins, which captured a pennant. That is something I have always believed to be absolutely amazing.

     The picture that accompanies the AP article was done by Art Krenz. It appeared in the Southeast Missourian on June 23, 1934. I thought it was great. However, while Frisch's Cardinals were able to take the National League by storm, Hornsby's Browns stumbled to a sixth place finish. It can be looked at as a testament to a manager is only as good as the players that he is surrounded by. That is said with all due respect to those members of the Browns who represented the City of St. Louis. The way I see it is they may have had a disappointing season, but they were each in the major leagues, and that is something that most can only dream of.

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