Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 7, 1974 · Page 16
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 16

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, July 7, 1974
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2C Northwest Arkansas TIMES. Sunday, July 7, 19741 FAYITTIVILLI, ARKANSAS nilllllll!llllPllllll1l!M^ Mike Caspeny From Sore Arm To Sage: The Saga Of Daffy Dean Everett Rosebeary of Kar ; Barling minglon and Erval Skelton of i Rogers. ·'You are looking at the most retired man that ever lived," claims Paul (Daffy) Dean, now at age sixty an immense, heavy-shouldered man whose 285 Ibs. lodges like a boulder in the easy chair in his Springdale living room. But nothing in his appearance suggests the modesty of retirement. The famous bold Dean face, the shock of silver hair, adamant blue eyes, and exuberant manner -- all belong to a dynamic folk hero. And his highballing, free-associational chatter is overwhelming. When Daffy opens his mouth, it is as if the Dalton Gang, Uncle Sam, Groucho Marx, and brother Dizzy have congregated in the same room. It has been thirty-eight years since Paul Dean had a bis year in the majors. As a rookie in '34, Daffy bagged 2f victories, including two World Series triumphs against Detroit. During the next campaign, the younger Dean accumulated 19 wins, and it seemed that Paul was ready to soar up to the pantheon where Dizzy, who carted away 60 victories in the same period, was already enshrined. But, in 1936, when Paul was only twenty-three, misfortune intruded on his glory. "I just know I coulda won 20 games for at least 10 years in the majors," Daffy now recounts, "but things got complicated. First off, I was a hold-out in '36. I got $3,000 my rookie year, $7500 the second year, and I demanded $10,000 for the third. I was dealing with Branch Rickey and Sam Braden, and, when I finally signed for $8,500, I just looked up at Mr. Braden and said: 'Sir, you are signing a dissatisfied ballplayer." The Baseball Encyclopedia lists Paul's playing weight at 175 ibs., but by the time he finally started hurling for the Cardinals in '36, his heft had expanded to 235 Ibs. 60 Ibs. of excess baggage, a late start, and a curious injury from bearing down too much" truncated Daffey's pitching skill. "I was in bad shape, but I was going good. I think I was 5-1 about the time the sledgehammer hit my arm. I remember pitching two days in a row. I won the first day, and then I had to relieve on the second. It was a close game, and I pitched on into the twelfth inning. I was in a bases-loaded jam,' and I really bore down on the last pitch I threw. I couldn't get away with that. You got to pitch natural and be in shape or else you are calling on resources that ain't there. I tried too hard on that last pitch. Something happened, but I didn't really feel it 'til the next day. I had tore up some tissue and ligaments in my arm. My career might as well have ended right there." Limbo Of The Injured Although Paul labored off-and-on in the majors for the next seven years, he was never again involved in more than eight decisions in a single season. Thirty- eight of his lifetime total of 50 victories had come dur- his first two years with the Cardinals. He pitched with negligible success for the New York Giants and St. Louis Browns before making his last mound appearances for Carl HubbelTs Little Rock team in 1945. At that time, he trekked a few times to the state capital to pitch the second games of doubleheaders. It is natural to think that a man who was famous at : twenty-one and finished at twenty-four would be bitter, but whatever despair Daffy felt has been buried ·. for a long time. "I didn't realize what fame was," he recalls. "When I was on the mound, I didn't even know that people were watching me. I pitched by instinct. Fame didn't bother me. Listen, podnah, there are no stars. The only stars is in the sky. Nor is Paul envious of brother Diz's Hall-of-Fame carrer or his subsequent ascension as a celebrity. "I played second fiddle to Diz back then," Paul insists, "and I'd do it again. Listen, I don't put him on a pedestal or nothing, but Diz is a great guy. Let me tell you something: they named one of the smartest people'in the world Dizzy." Paul maintains that he made very little money as a ballplayer: "I had more spending money when I was :' picking cotton than I did when I was in the majors. What baseball did was to take me out of those fields and enable me to meet people from many different localities. I got a reputation and contacts from baseball that've lasted my entire life." Daffy's brief major-league career did not end in a requiem fashion. After he stopped pitching, Dean parlayed his knowledge and reputation into club ownerships at Lubbock, Clovis, and El Paso. Then he acted as president, manager, and sometimes clubhouse boy while Mrs. Dean managed the books. The last team under Daffy's administration was the Hot Springs entry in the Cotton States League in 1954. "Other people lost money hand over fist," he states, "but wherever we was, we always made seven or eight thousand a year." After his stint as a baseball executive, Daffy ventured into the oil business with equal fervor and success, owning and operating several gas stations in Dallas. His name was a special attraction to customers. New Role Of Professor Since then, Daffy has become a guru of baseball. He coached at the fledgling University of Piano, 20 miles outside Dallas and now an eight-year-old institution. He taught a regular clas sin baseball orientation and then herded his students out onto the diamond. "I talked baseball for awhile, and then we went outside and saw what's right and what's wrong. I told 'em: 'I don't take a backseat to nobody in this game. If you can prove me wrong, I don't want to be here. And I don't want you here if you don't want to learn the right way!" When he resigned from the school after five years, Daffy claims, there was a significant drop in enrollment. The master's sermons are sound and forged from experience. He is obsessed with creating the proper instincts in young players and with teaching neophytes the correct way to make plays. What Daffy loves are the motions of the game itself. "I hate to say this," he confesses, "but God in Heaven knows it's true. Sometimes it's a disgarce to go out to a game and watch eight and ten year olds pitch. Why, you see kids winding up with both feet on the rubber, and shortstops fielding grounders with their legs crossed. They just aren't taught the right way to do things. There aren't enough qualified people around." "They got to learn smoothness, the moves, the fundamentals," Daffy evangelizes. "That's how they develop right instincts. And they got to know how not to hurt themselves." Momentarily, his voice grows jagged: "Listen, podnah, I wouldn't have consciously hurt myself. I shouldn't have gone out there to pitch that second day. Kids have got to know those things!" What Daffy recommends is the creatoin of baseball clinics sponsored by state governments and staffed with pros to educate kids in the right maneuvers. "God knows I got nothing against dads teaching and coaching, but the men who really know the game can help the pee-wees more," Daffy concludes. Thus speaketh one of the last prophets from the Gashouse Gang. SkelfonNew Point Leader At Speedway Eugene Skelton emerged as the point leader in the street class and Ken Essery topped the late-model class as the first half of the racing season came to a close at Fayelteville Speedway Friday night. Sixteen hundred fans looked on as Jerry Norma of Fayelte- ville won the first heat in the street class and Jerry Pilcher of Elkins took the second. In the feature, Pilcher finished first. Norma was second and Robert Dash of Fayetteville placed third. In the first heat of tlie late- model division, Vic Buckholt of Rogers was first, Ken Dennis of Springdale second and Henry Spicy Race Field SALEM, Ind. (AP) - - South ern stock car racers Bobby Allison and Charlie Glotzbach add some spice to the Held entered in Sunday's 100-Iap U.S. Auto Club race at Salem Speedway. They join the regular contin gent of USAC stock car drivers competing for the $10,000 purse. Hawkins of Springdale third. Sam Perry of Berrvville won [he second heat, followed by Elkins. Essery, of Galena. Mo., was first in Hie third heat, followed by Elvin Tennant of and Paul Erwin of Dennis captured the trophy dash, and Perry won the B feature. Bob Sutherland of Wheeler was runner-up to · Perry and Dennis was third. In the A fea- ture, Essery was again the winner. He was followed by Wendell Brewer of Salisaw, Okla.. Jim Cimpbell of Harrison,' Erwin, Rosebeary, Hank Evans of Fayetteville an3 Skelton. The second half of the season will begin here next Friday night. 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