1934 World Series Replay: Celluloid Hero

With Dizzy Dean set to start the fifth game1You can read about the first, second, third and fourth games before you read about this one, if you like. of my Strat-O-Matic replay of the 1934 World Series, now’s as good a time as any to tell you that if you haven’t checked out the 1952 Dean biopic, The Pride of St. Louis, it’s worth a look on YouTube.

Released two weeks after the end of the 1952 World Series, the film is reasonably true to Dean’s actual life story, though it contains typical Hollywood embellishments. Dan Dailey delivers a good performance as the brash and colorful Diz, while Joanne Dru (who I had never heard of before watching this film) is compelling as Dean’s wife, Patricia and Richard Crenna doesn’t have much to do as his younger brother and teammate, Paul. It’s a fairly typical athlete biography of the times, with Dean’s ego and mercurial behavior chalked up to charm2Having read two different biographies of Dean, I have to say it feels like he was a bit of a dick when he played., but the baseball scenes are pretty well done and it is, overall, a decent film.

Below is the story of Ol’ Diz’s start in Game five.

Cards Rally, Take 3-2 Lead in Series

ST. LOUIS (Oct. 7, 1934) – Leo Durocher‘s two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth broke a 4-4 tie and lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-4 win over the Detroit Tigers in the fifth game of the World Series at Sportsman’s Park Sunday afternoon.

Durocher hit just three home runs during the regular season, but he blasted reliever Firpo Marberry‘s offering over the center field wall with Chick Fullis aboard with two out in the eighth, capping a three-run Cardinal comeback and putting them within one win of the title.

Tiger manager and catcher Mickey Cochrane defended sending Marberry into the game in place of starter Tommy Bridges, who pitched seven innings and left for a pinch-hitter with Detroit up 4-3.

“Tommy pitched two days ago and gave it all he had,” Cochrane said. “But they’d been hitting him in the sixth and seventh and Firpo3Who had gone 15-5 splitting time between starting and relieving in 1934 and was one of the premier relievers of the time. was rested and ready to go.”

While that was true, Joe Medwick tripled into the left field corner on Marberry’s second pitch and scored on Fullis’ two-out single. Durocher then followed with his home run and starter Dizzy Dean pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Charlie Gehringer to end it.

Cochrane had given the Tigers a 3-2 lead with a two-run double in the seventh off Dean, and Gehringer singled Cochrane home to make it a 4-2 game. Jack Rothrock‘s single in the bottom of the frame scored Pepper Martin from second to cut the deficit to 4-3, and when Detroit’s Pete Fox singled with two out in the eighth, Cochrane sent up Gee Walker to pinch hit for Bridges. Walker bounced into a force play, but the Tigers were still up and seemingly in control with Marberry coming out of the bullpen.

The teams now return to Detroit with the Tigers needing a win in Game Six to stay alive. Detroit will send second-game winner Schoolboy Rowe to the mound against Paul Dean, who started and won the third game for St. Louis.

1934 WORLD SERIES GAME 5
1934 St. Louis Cardinals 6, 1934 Detroit Tigers 4
Sunday, October 7, 1934

1934 Detroit Tigers (2-3)                                1934 St. Louis Cardinals (3-2)                          
Player          AB R  H BI BB SO  P  A  E LOB   Ave      Player          AB R  H BI BB SO  P  A  E LOB   Ave      
------          -- -  - -- -- --  -  -  - ---   ---      ------          -- -  - -- -- --  -  -  - ---   ---      
White cf        4  1  0  1  1  2  4  0  0  0   .190      Martin 3b       4  2  2  0  1  0  1  1  0  2   .292
Cochrane c      5  1  1  2  0  0  6  0  0  2   .160      Rothrock rf     4  0  2  1  0  0  4  0  0  0   .333
Gehringer 2b    5  0  2  1  0  1  3  4  0  0   .423      Frisch 2b       4  0  0  0  0  0  4  1  1  3   .346
Goslin lf       4  0  1  0  0  1  1  0  0  0   .273      Medwick lf      4  2  2  1  0  1  1  0  0  0   .192
Rogell ss       4  0  1  0  0  0  2  4  1  2   .182      Collins 1b      4  0  1  0  0  1  4  1  0  0   .200
Greenberg 1b    4  0  1  0  0  1  7  0  0  2   .348      DeLancey c      4  0  0  0  0  2  7  0  0  2   .348
Owen 3b         4  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  1   .174      Fullis cf       4  1  1  1  0  1  4  1  0  0   .250
Fox rf          3  1  2  0  1  0  1  0  0  0   .286      Durocher ss     4  1  2  2  0  0  2  1  1  0   .368
Bridges p       2  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0   .000      
D Dean p        4  0  2  0  0  1  0  1  0  0   .625
 Walker ph      1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1   .000
 Marberry p     0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0   .000
                -- -  - -- -- -- -- -- -- ---                            -- -  - -- -- -- -- -- -- ---            
Totals          36 4  9  4  2  5  24 9  2  8             Totals          36 6  12 5  1  6  27 6  2  7  

                                 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9      R  H  E
                                 -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -      -  -  -
1934 Detroit Tigers              0  0  0  0  1  0  3  0  0      4  9  2  
1934 St. Louis Cardinals         1  0  0  0  0  1  1  3  x      6  12 2  
FE- Owen(1), Rogell(1), Durocher(2), Frisch(1)
LOB- 1934 Detroit Tigers 8, 1934 St. Louis Cardinals 7
2B- Cochrane(3), Greenberg(5)
3B- Medwick(1)
HR- Durocher(1), Medwick(1)
RBI- Cochrane 2(3), Gehringer(4), White(1), Durocher 2(2), Fullis(1), Medwick(1), Rothrock(4)
SB- Martin 2(4)
SH- Bridges(1)
GIDP- Dean(1), Fullis(1)
RLSP- Cochrane 2, Rogell, DeLancey, Frisch, Martin
DP- 1934 Detroit Tigers 2

1934 Detroit Tigers                 IP   H  R  ER BB SO    ERA
Bridges                             7.0  8  3  2  1  5    3.21  
Marberry(L 0-1)                     1.0  4  3  3  0  1   27.00 
1934 St. Louis Cardinals            IP   H  R  ER BB SO    ERA
D Dean(W 2-0)                       9.0  9  4  3  2  5    3.50  
Batters faced- Bridges 30, Marberry 7, Dean 39
Umpires- Owens, Klem, Geisel, Reardon
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Kenn Tomasch

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