Dean, (Jay Hanna) “Dizzy”(1911–74) baseball player, broadcaster; born in Lucas, Ark. One of baseball's most memorable personalities, he won 30 games and the Most Valuable Player award in 1934 as a (right-handed) pitcher for the world champion St. Louis Cardinals. When his career ended in 1947, he became a baseball broadcaster and was known for his colorful, if ungrammatical use of the English language. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.