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1934 World Series (4-3)

St. Louis Cardinals (95-58, NL) vs. Detroit Tigers (101-53, AL)

The 1934 World Series matched the St. Louis Cardinals against the Detroit Tigers, with the Cardinals' "Gashouse Gang" winning in seven games for their third championship in nine years.

The Cards and Tigers split the first two games in Detroit, and Detroit took two of the next three in St. Louis. St. Louis proceeded to win the next two, including an 11-0 embarrassment of the Tigers in Detroit to win the Series. The stars for the Cards were Joe Medwick, who had a .379 batting average with one of St. Louis' two home runs and a series-high five RBI, and the Dean Brothers, Dizzy and Paul, who combined for all four of the teams wins with 28 strikeouts and a minuscule 1.43 earned run average. 1934's World Series was the last of which both teams were led by player-managers.

The Cardinals and Tigers have met twice in the World Series since 1934; in 1968 (won by the Tigers in seven games) and 2006 (won by the Cardinals in five games). Tigers pitcher Denny McLain, who won one of the games in the 1968 Series, had won 31 games during the season, outdoing Dizzy Dean. Dizzy, age 57 in 1968, posed for a picture with McLain.

The Cardinals used eight (8) pitchers with a team earned-run average of 2.34 for the Series. But only two earned victories; brothers Dizzy Dean with two (2) wins and Paul Dean with the other two (2) wins.

Pete Fox played for the losing team yet became the first and only World Series player to hit six (6) doubles in any Series of any length.

In the sixth inning of Game 7, Joe Medwick slid hard into Marv Owen, the Tigers' third baseman, after hitting a triple. They tangled briefly, and when Medwick went to his position in left field, the Detroit fans, knowing the game was lost (the score was 9-0 by then), vented their frustrations on Medwick, throwing fruit, vegetables, bottles, cushions, etc., at him. Commissioner Landis ordered Medwick (and Owen) benched to end the ruckus. Newsreel footage shows Medwick slamming his glove onto the dugout bench in disgust.

Dizzy Dean nearly took himself out of the Series on a play in Game 4. In the fourth inning, he pinch-ran and literally broke up a double play attempt by taking the relay through in the noggin. The unconscious Dean was rushed to a hospital for observation. He was given a clean bill of health. Legend has it that at least one newspaper the next day featured the headline, "X-ray of Dean's head shows nothing." Dean had recovered from this trauma sufficiently to make his next starting assignment, the very next day.

According to The Fireside Book of Baseball by Charles Einstein, in the seventh game Frisch called time and walked over from second base to the mound to tell Dean "If you don't stop clowning around, I'll take you out of the game." Dizzy said, "No you won't." Frisch thought about this a moment. Then he returned to second base.

Records: St. Louis Cardinals (W: 95, L: 58, Pct: .621, GA: 2) - Detroit Tigers (W: 101, L: 53, Pct: .656, GA: 7)

Managers: Frankie Frisch (St. Louis), Mickey Cochrane (Detroit)

Umpires: Brick Owens (AL), Bill Klem (NL), Harry Geisel (AL), Beans Reardon (NL)

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[edit] Summary

NL St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs. AL Detroit Tigers (3)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Cardinals – 8, Tigers – 3 October 3 Navin Field 42,505
2 Cardinals – 2, Tigers – 3 (12 innings) October 4 Navin Field 43,451
3 Tigers – 1, Cardinals – 4 October 5 Sportsman's Park 37,073
4 Tigers – 10, Cardinals – 4 October 6 Sportsman's Park 37,492
5 Tigers – 3, Cardinals – 1 October 7 Sportsman's Park 38,536
6 Cardinals – 4, Tigers – 3 October 8 Navin Field 44,551
7 Cardinals – 11, Tigers – 0 October 9 Navin Field 40,902

[edit] Matchups

[edit] Game 1

October 3, 1934 at Navin Field in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis (N) 0 2 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 8 13 2
Detroit (A) 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 8 5
W: Dizzy Dean (1-0)   L: Alvin Crowder (0-1)
HR: STLJoe Medwick (1)   DETHank Greenberg (1)

[edit] Game 2

October 4, 1934 at Navin Field in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
St. Louis (N) 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 3
Detroit (A) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 7 0
W: Schoolboy Rowe (1-0)   L: Bill Walker (0-1)

[edit] Game 3

October 5, 1934 at Sportsman's Park III in St Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 2
St. Louis (N) 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 x 4 9 1
W: Paul Dean (1-0)  L: Tommy Bridges (0-1)

[edit] Game 4

October 6, 1934 at Sportsman's Park III in St Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (A) 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 5 0 10 13 1
St. Louis (N) 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 5
W: Elden Auker (1-0)  L: Bill Walker (0-2)

[edit] Game 5

October 7, 1934 at Sportsman's Park III in St Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (A) 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 7 0
St. Louis (N) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 1
W: Tommy Bridges (1-1)  L: Dizzy Dean (1-1)
HR: DETCharlie Gehringer (1)    STLBill DeLancey (1)

[edit] Game 6

October 8, 1934 at Navin Field in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis (N) 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 4 10 2
Detroit (A) 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 7 1
W: Paul Dean (2-0)   L: Schoolboy Rowe (1-1)

[edit] Game 7

October 9, 1934 at Navin Field in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis (N) 0 0 7 0 0 2 2 0 0 11 17 1
Detroit (A) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
W: Dizzy Dean (2-1)   L: Elden Auker (1-1)

[edit] Composite Box

1934 World Series (4-3): St. Louis Cardinals (N.L.) over Detroit Tigers (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 2 5 10 2 5 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 34 73 15
Detroit Tigers 0 1 5 2 0 5 1 6 2 0 0 1 23 56 12
Total Attendance: 281,510   Average Attendance: 40,216
Winning Player’s Share: – $5,390   Losing Player’s Share – $3,355

[edit] Brothers

  • Other brothers who both played and appeared in World Series games at the SAME TIME before the Deans were:

[edit] Further Reading

  • Doug Feldmann: Dizzy and the Gas House Gang: The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals and Depression-Era Baseball, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2000.
  • G.H. Fleming: The Dizziest Season: The Gashouse Gang Chases the Pennant, William Morrow & Co, New York, NY, 1984. ISBN 0688030971
  • John Heidenry: The Gashouse Gang, PublicAffairs Books, New York, NY, 2007.
  • David S. Neft and Richard M. Cohen: The World Series, St Martins Press, New York, NY, 1990 pp. 151-156.
  • Matthew Siulverman: "The 1934 World Series", in Charles F. Faber, ed.: The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals: The World Champion Gas House Gang, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 44-50. ISBN 978-1-933599-731

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