Plaque Honoring Dizzy, Daffy Dean to Be Dedicated October 10; Brings Total in Hot Springs’ Historic Baseball Trail to 29

September 30th, 2015

A plaque honoring the Baseball Hall of Fame Dean Brothers — Jay Hanna (Dizzy) and Paul (Daffy) — will be dedicated on Saturday, October 10, in conjunction with the world premiere of the documentary, “The First Boys of Spring,” which traces Hot Springs’ role as The Birthplace of Spring Baseball.

The plaque will be unveiled at 9:30 a.m. at Hill Wheatley Plaza at the south end of Bathhouse Row on Central Avenue.

It will be the 29th stop on the Hot Springs Historic Baseball Trail.

The plaque dedication will be attended by all of the baseball historians who helped create the Baseball Trail — Bill Jenkinson, Tim Reid, Don Duren, Mike Dugan, and Mark Blaeuer. Special guests will be Baseball Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinals great Lou Brock and Sandy Dean and Dorothy Patrick, the son and daughter of Paul (Daffy) Dean.

Immediately following the plaque dedication all are invited to adjourn to the Hot Springs Convention Center to attend the world premiere of “The Boys of Spring,” the documentary by Emmy Award winner Larry Foley that details the history of baseball spring training in Hot Springs. There will be a panel discussion immediately following the premiere showing featuring Jenkinson, Reid, Duren, Dugan and Blaeuer. It will be moderated by filmmaker Foley.

Jay Hanna (Dizzy) Dean and his brother Paul (Daffy) Dean were two Arkansans from Lucas, Ark., who became the most famous brother duo in baseball history pitching the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series championship in 1934.

Both were regular visitors to Hot Springs and both coached at the nationally known baseball school that was located in Hot Springs. Paul Dean even lived in Hot Springs during the off-season at one time and his son, Sandy Dean, is still a local resident.

Dizzy Dean was one of only four National League pitchers to win 30 or more games under modern rules. He pitched in two World Series (1934, 1938) for two different teams (St. Louis and Chicago) and led the league in strikeouts for four straight years from 1932 through 1935.

Dizzy Dean, a four time All-Star, won 150 games in his 12 major league seasons with 1,163 strikeouts and a 3.02 career earned run average.

After his playing days were over Dizzy Dean became a popular radio and television announcer. He was the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, and the announcer for the CBS and NBC Game of the Week from the 1940s until 1965. Dizzy Dean was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953. He died in 1974 at the age of 64.

Daffy Dean broke into the majors in 1934 with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he joined his older brother in leading the team to the World Series Championship.

As a rookie he won 19 games and pitched a no-hitter against the Brooklyn Dodgers. The two brothers combined for 49 victories that year and both won two games in the World Series when the Cardinals beat the Detroit Tigers in seven games.

Paul Dean won the third and sixth game of that series while Dizzy won the first and seventh game. Paul Dean won 19 games each of his first two seasons in the major leagues. He played for three major league teams during his career and ended with a 3.72 ERA and a record of 50-34 when he stopped playing in 1943. He died in 1981 at the age of 67.

For more information call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.