Paul Dee "Daffy" Dean (1912 - 1981)

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About Paul Dee "Daffy" Dean

Paul Dee "Daffy" Dean (August 14, 1912 – March 17, 1981) was an American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. Born in Lucas, Arkansas, he pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals (1934–1939), the New York Giants (1940–1941), and the St. Louis Browns (1943).

Dean played several years of baseball alongside his more notable pitching brother, Jay "Dizzy" Dean. Because of his brother's nickname, Dean also had a nickname, "Daffy", but this did not reflect his personality as he was considered quiet and serious.

During his rookie season (at the age of 22), Dean pitched a no-hitter on September 21, 1934. He finished the year with a 19-11 record to help St. Louis win the National League pennant. In the World Series, he and his brother won two games apiece, combining for a 4-1 record, 28 strikeouts and a 1.43 ERA, as the Cardinals took the series against the Detroit Tigers in seven games.

The following year, he won 19 games again. He got injured, however, and pitched ineffectively for the rest of his career.

Dean died at age 68 in Springdale, Arkansas.

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Daffy Dean's Timeline

August 14, 1912
March 17, 1981
Age 68