As Dizzy said, "It ain't braggin' if you can back it up." And his stats and acheivements indeed back up his nomination as the best athlete to wear number 17. Dizzy pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs between 1930 and 1941. He also made a comeback with the St. Louis Browns in 1947. Part of the 1934 "Gashouse Gang," Dizzy was the last player to win 30 games until 1974 (he went 30-7 in 1934.) Dizzy was the NL MVP in 1934, and led the NL for four consecutive years in both complete games and strikeouts. Dizzy was certainly quotable, coming up with these statements:
- "I ain't what I used to be, but who the hell is?"
- "All ballplayers want to wind up their career with the Cubs, Giants or Yankees. They just can't help it."
- "Son, what kind of pitch would you like to miss."
(quotes courtesy of dizzydean.com)
Did you know.....Dizzy pitched alongside his brother Paul "Daffy" Dean, with the Cardinals? (photo courtesy of sportsecyclopedia.com)