Dizzy and the Gas House Gang: The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals and Depression-Era Baseball

Dizzy and the Gas House Gang: The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals and Depression-Era Baseball

by Doug Feldmann
     
 

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Led by the colorful pitcher Dizzy Dean, the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals personified Depression-era America. The players were underpaid, wore uniforms that were almost always torn and dirty, and had wandered into professional baseball from small towns in the Midwest where other jobs were scarce. Despite their lack of resources, however, and despite coming off two

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Led by the colorful pitcher Dizzy Dean, the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals personified Depression-era America. The players were underpaid, wore uniforms that were almost always torn and dirty, and had wandered into professional baseball from small towns in the Midwest where other jobs were scarce. Despite their lack of resources, however, and despite coming off two mediocre seasons, the Cardinals emerged triumphant in '34, winning the pennant by two games over the Giants and the World Series in seven games over the Tigers.

The book chronicles that championship team which came to be known in baseball lore as the famous "Gas House Gang." This work brings to life the legendary exploits of player manager Frankie Frisch and the Dean brothers—Dizzy and Paul—who combined for 49 wins that season. The era, the team, the season, and the Series are all fully covered.

Editorial Reviews

Gateway: The Quarterly Magazine of the Missouri Historical Society
thoroughly and lovingly researched...thorough, lively and enlightening
Dizzy and the Gas House Gang: The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals and Depression-Era Baseball
Baseball Almanac

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786408580
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Pages:
215
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

Meet the Author

Doug Feldmann is a professor in the College of Education at Northern Kentucky University and a part-time scout for the Cincinnati Reds. He is the author of eight books covering topics such as the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Depression-era baseball.

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