Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dizzy Dean

When I was a boy, Dizzy Dean did the commentary for the Baseball Game of the Week on Saturday afternoon. Old Dizzy was a colorful character and a pretty good sportscaster until about the seventh inning, when he was too drunk to make much sense. Pee Wee Reece took over then.

Dizzy had been one of the greatest pitchers in major league history. He claimed he was the best. "Braggin' ain't braggin' if you can do what you say you can do," he would say.

He got hit in the toe by a line drive during the 1937 All Star Game. Rather than wait for it to heal, he altered his pitch so that his toe would not hurt when he stepped forward on it. He ended up hurting his arm and had to retire from baseball.

Small things make a big difference, don't they?

1 comment:

  1. Ah Yes fond memories of Dizzy Dean. Used to watch those games and my Mom would tell of her childhood days when visiting relatives in St. Louis. She got to see Dizzy play with the Gas House gang. What a group of characters they were. Now you chunking in there...