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At Age 64 Nerthwe'tt Arkansas TIMES, Wed., July 17, 1974 FAV1TTIVILLI, *HK»M»A» · . Dizzy Dean Dies After Heart Attack 9 . . · · · HALL OF PAMER . . . Baseball hall aj jamer Dizzy Dean, whn died early Wednesday, is shown as a star pitcher /or the St. Louis Cardinals, as he wound up during an exhibition game with the Philadelphia. Athletics in 1935 (AP MVirephoto) RENO; Nev. CAP) -*.· Dizzy Dean, an Arkansas farm bdy who pitched his way Into base : baIIVHallof Fame w 1th'a biasing fastball, winning the admiration of millions with a down- home twang and zest for life that ^sometimes made : man agers pale, died·.early tod»y. He -was 64. · Dean, who with his' brother -Paul formed a feared pitching duo for the "Ga'shduse Gang" SI. Louis Cardinals in the 1930s, died at Sl ; . Mary's Hospital, two days after suffering a severe heart attack. Dean died at 1:35 a ; m. of heart failure after his condition had'taken a turn for the worse Tuesday afternoon, said Ed Spoon, a hospital spokesman. Spoon said Dean's wife, Patricia; his brother, Paul "Daffy" Dean of Springdale. Ark., and Paul's two children were at the bedside when Ihe former pitcher died. Dizzy Dean and his wife-had no children. He was hosnitalize'd here Sunday night with chest pains and suffered a severe heart attack early Monday. D e a n ' f i r s t began complaining about chest pains last Thursday in nearby south Lake Tahoe, Calif where he was hospitalized for three days. He was visiting a friend there and had competed in a golf tournament The funeral and burial will be held in Wiggins, Miss., where Dean lived, said Spoon. Dizzy Dean', 3rd graf. Dizzy Dean, a former migra tory cotton .picker who claimec he only went through the sec ond grade, was one of base ball's great pitchers. But h might have reached muc! greater.heights if an injury had 1 not destroyed' his effectivenes at age 27, when he should hav only begun to reach his peak. He iwas perhaps baseball' most eccentric character strict the days of Rube Waddell, ear ly in the 20th century. · Waddell sometimes called all the outfielders in exhib lions, '-then 'struck out the' side. Jlzzy preferred to fill the jases, - then fan the side. He lisp w a s . known to 'break cur- f ew and' other rules si on. TV Special on occa- He was a' , big right-hander who had a blazing fast' ball and bragged about il. He used to lell the' hitters when the fast ball 1 ' was coining. then f i r e past them. He struck out il 17 batters in one game-- inn e a batters In one game- then a record-- and led the National ..eague in strikeouts four Iraighl years. He won aa games and ' lost Announced A Look At Mays NEW YORK (AP) -- Willie Mays, ' the most recognized ame 1 in'' baseball, has always aid "the 1 game 'is my life." Maybe" that's why "A New jail Carrie for Willie Mays," a ne-hour special to be televised onight by NBC, is a misnomer. For Mays, there is no other ame. The special, beginning at 8 .m., E peci DT, , is timely only be- . . , , ause it comes just six days be- ore the All-Star game, the first ne in 22 years that won't fea- :ure (he "Say Hey" outfielder 'or teams from both coasts. The first television special produced by Lee Mendelson in 1963, "A Man Named Mays," was on an upheat because Willie was at the htight of his reer. But Mendelson's second effort is a downer, an' escape Into nostalgia. Film clips of Mays playing at his best o.nly emphasize the emptiness of "his life when he says "wishing 1 guy's in anything was playing can eat a sides out more than Winless Valiant Gets New Skipper In America's Cup NEWPORT, R.I. (AP- -- The Valiant, winless in the current series of trial races, had a dif- 'erent skipper today when it took on Courageous yards in shortened front to 9.7 in the race miles because in the rials off Rhode Island Sound. Ted Turner came aboard the Valiant', 0-4 in the current trials, after his boat the Mariner : missed this series of trials because ot alterations. Turner will be aboard the Valiant in some of her other outings also. He caught a Courageous crew looking for revenge after they were beaten by the Intrepid Tuesday. The Intrepid went one up on the Courageous, 4-1 to 3 2. The Intrepid finished one minute, 24 seconds and 150 of light winds. Skipper Gerry Driscoll won the start and never perniittei the Courageous to breal through in a prolonged lackin; duel on the first windward leg. The Australians planned sail evaluation today for Ihei Southern Cross. The Australia boat Tuesday raced her tria horse, Gretel II, and was we ahead on the next-to-last le when the race was called off. game--thn e a'only seven in pitching the St. ouis Cardinals to the National e a g u e championship and Vorld Series title against De- roit in 1934. No National eague pitcher has reached the Vgame victory plateau since, is brother Paul, constantly re- irred lo by Dizzy as "me 'n aul," won 19. Dizzy won Lwo Vorld Scries games; Paul won he other two. In one of baseball's amazing eats. Dizzy pitched nine times n 19 days during the Cardinals' 934 pennant drive and conlin- ling into the World Series. He v a s voted the National .eague's Most Valuable Player se." Mays, who retired after th 'orld Series last season, is W.OOO-a-year man for the Ne\ 'ork Mets - as a sometim oach and goodwill ambassa or. The moments he seems t njoy most are those when h s coaching, whether he's leach ng young pros or kids. There seems lo be little else. So with narralor and inte iewcr Jack Klugman, wh sually plays a sportswriter o television series "The Od Couple," we look back into Villie's childhood. We lislen to 1 he aunt who reared him. We ear of his early playing days. Bill Cosby toasts him at the Black Hall of Fame pinner. Ways talks baseball, listing his awn "all-time all-star team." And his wife, May Louise, de. Browns when he'had become a baseball radio announcer. He said he had .become a sports 'commultator." In his brief career; Dean won scribes how they mel and were married 10 years laler. But she says she doesn'l know h i m . "He's a private person," she said. "He's often tolc me, 'How can I tell you when don't know what I'm think ing.'" That same privacy seems to keep the show from going lor ward. Maybe Mays doesri 1 know what he's thinking Maybe it hurts too much to tel that year. . Herman Dean. Dizzy's career was cut shorl vhen he was hit on the toe by a e drive from the bat of Earl Weri!l in · the 1937 All-Star Game. The injury changed his pitching motion, which sub senuently hurt his arm and forced him to depend on curves instead ot the fast ball. That proved to b« Dizzy's downfall as a pitcher. 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