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Happy Birthday to Dizzy Dean, brother of no-no thrower Paul Dean

Dizzy Dean (Image courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Dizzy Dean (Image courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library)
Dizzy Dean, the Dean brother who did not pitch a major league no-hitter, was born 106 years ago today.

Dizzy, the elder Dean, enjoyed a 12-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Browns. On Friday, September 21, 1934, he pitched the opener of doubleheader against Brooklyn at Ebbets Field and held the Dodgers to three hits for a 13-0 complete-game win.

Younger brother Paul Dean took the ball for the nightcap and no-hit the Dodgers for a 3-0 win. The no-no broke the longest no-hitter drought in Major League Baseball history in terms of game days at 535, a record that stands today.

Paul Dean compiled a 50-34 record with a 3.75 ERA over a 9-year career that ended in 1943. Dizzy Dean retired in 1947 with a 150-83 record and a 3.02 ERA.