Dizzy Dean Shares A Story of His 1938 World Series Heartbreak

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Sometime during early 1937 while pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals, Dizzy Dean hurt his arm. It's quite possible that whatever the injury was, it could have been fixed with today's sports medicine. During the 1937-38 offseason, The Cardinals traded Dean to the Chicago Cubs for Curt Davis, Clyde Shoun, Tuck Stainback and $185,000 ($3.2 Million today). Although Dean only made 10 starts in 1938 for the Cubs he went 7-1 with a 1.81ERA, pitching with his hurt arm. The Cubs won the 1938 National League pennant and faced the 2x defending champion New York Yankees in the World Series. The Yankees won the first game at Wrigley by the score of 3-1. Dean pitched the second game. With the score 3-2 Cubs with 2 outs in the top of the 8th inning, Yankees Shortstop Frankie Crosetti came to bat. Hear more from Dizzy Dean in Breaking Walls Episode 78: Our Game—Baseball Memories from throughout Radio History. Listen, download, and subscribe everywhere you get your podcasts or through thewallbreakers.com

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