Dizzy Becomes a Major Leaguer
"Dizzy" Dean, the brash Cardinals fireballer,
made his major league debut on the final day of
the Cardinals' 1930 season, surrendering just
three hits as the Cardinals defeated the Pirates
3-1. He averaged 24 wins over his first five full
campaigns. A winner of four consecutive National
League strikeout crowns, Dean was 30-7 in 1934,
(and the last National League pitcher to record
30 wins) when he and his brother Paul led the
Cardinals "Gashouse Gang" to the World
Championship. A broken toe suffered in the 1937
All-Star Game led to an arm injury that eventually
shortened his playing days. He later embarked
on a successful broadcasting career.
This agreement is the transfer agreement, between
Dean's minor league team, the Houston Buffaloes,
and the St. Louis Cardinals. It is signed by the
president of the Houston team, Fred "Pat"
Ankenman, and Cardinals owner, Sam Breadon. In
short, this piece of paper sent the great Dizzy
Dean to the Major Leagues where he became a legend.