Gas House Gang

From BR Bullpen

The Gas House Gang was a term given to the St. Louis Cardinals teams of the early 1930s, especially the championship 1934 World Series victors. The nickname was given to them as a way of describing the enjoyment with which they seemed to play the game, along with the aggressive attitude they took that always seemed to give them dirty uniforms, making them resemble the grease-stained clothing worn by car mechanics.

Prominent members of the Gas House Gang included Frankie Frisch, Joe Medwick, brothers Dizzy Dean and Paul Dean, Ripper Collins, Leo Durocher and Pepper Martin. The last surviving member of the team, Don Gutteridge, died in 2008.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Charles F. Faber, ed.: The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals: The World Champion Gas House Gang, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014. ISBN 978-1-933599-731
  • Doug Feldmann: Dizzy and the Gas House Gang: The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals and Depression-Era Baseball, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2000. ISBN 978-0-7864-0858-0
  • 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.