1934 October

3rd  Dizzy Dean wins the opening game of the WS 8–3, as Detroit manager Mickey Cochrane holds back his ace, Schoolboy Rowe. Veteran Al Crowder is ineffective as the Cardinals romp. Joe Medwick homers in a 4-for-4 day while the Tigers make 5 errors.

4th  Schoolboy Rowe evens the Series with a 12-inning, 3–2 win, shutting out the Cardinals over the final 9. Rowe retires 22 batters in a row equaling Pennock’s effort in 1927. The Tigers tie the game in the 9thinning and win on Goose Goslin’s single.

5th  With no need for a travel delay, the teams move to St. Louis, and Paul Dean puts the Cardinals ahead with a 4–1 win. He pitches shutout ball until the 9th.

6th  It is the Cardinals turn to play poorly, and they make 5 errors to lose 10–4. Dizzy Dean, used as a pinch runner, is carried off the field after being hit in the head by Billy Rogell’s throw. Hank Greenberg ties the WS record with 4 hits.

7th  Tommy Bridges beats Dizzy Dean 3–1 to put the Tigers within a game of the World Championship. The Series heads back to Detroit.

8th  Paul Dean holds off the Tigers in a pitching duel with Schoolboy Rowe, winning 4–3. Weak-hitting Leo Durocher has 3 hits, as does Tigers manager Mickey Cochrane. With Frankie Frisch playing for the Cards, this is the last World Series this century that will featuring two player-managers.

9th  Dizzy Dean makes good his boast that “me and Paul will win all 4 games.” He humbles Detroit 11–0, as the Tigers go to pieces. When Joe Medwick slides roughly into 3B in the 6th inning, he tangles with Marv Owen. Irate Tigers fans in the temporary LF stands then launch a barrage of fruit at Medwick, halting the game. With the score at 9–0, Commissioner Landis removes Medwick from the game “for his own safety.”

While the Cardinals celebrate their WS victory in St. Louis, their top farm team, Columbus, wins the final game of a 9-game Junior WS. The American Association representatives beat Toronto of the International League in the 2nd game of a playoff doubleheader.

10th  Following a victory parade in St. Louis, the Dean brothers fly to Oklahoma City to play an 8:15 night exhibition game against the Kansas City Monarchs. They are joined by former Cardinal teammate, Paul Derringer, now with the Reds. Bus Ham of the Daily Oklahoman, states, “The stands were loaded before sundown and by the time the lights were turned on thousands had pushed their way onto the diamond. Although police were called, all six of them, the cash customers refused to give an inch.” Dizzy pitches two innings and brother Paul goes three before the game is called because they had run out of baseballs. Dean’s team wins, 4-0. The two squads will play another five games.

11th Burleigh Grimes is released by the Pirates. He will sign next April 1 to manage Bloomington and be given a dispensation to throw the spitball.

14th  Underpaid by the Cardinals, the Deans reap profits on a barnstorming tour. Each makes $5,000 in a game against Chicago semipros.

21st  An all-star team led by Babe Ruth and Connie Mack sails on tour to Hawaii and Japan. Players with wives include Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Charlie Gehringer, Lefty Gomez, Earl Averill, and Lefty O’Doul.

In an exhibition game in Cleveland seen by 12,000, Satchel Paige’s Pittsburgh Crawfords beats the Cleveland Rosenblums, 6-1. Dizzy Dean pitches 3 innings for Cleveland, allowing 4 hits and a run, before finishing in the outfield with his brother Paul. The Deans get $3,000 for their efforts. Paige is dominant, pitching 6 innings, striking out 13 and allowing no hits (as noted by Dennis Van Langan).

23rd  P. K. Wrigley buys more shares in the Cubs and replaces William Walker as president. He gives player/manager Charlie Grimm complete control. Grimm had been hired and fired by Walker several times during the past year.

26th  Washington player-manager Joe Cronin is sold to the Boston Red Sox for $225,000 and Lyn Lary. Recently married to Mildred Robertson, Clark Griffith’s niece and adopted daughter, Cronin is signed to a 5-year contract.