Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL, April 21,1940 – Chicago’s Dizzy Dean takes loss to his old team the Cardinals in his first start of the year

Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL, April 21,1940 – Chicago’s Dizzy Dean takes loss to his old team the Cardinals in his first start of the year

In his first start of the 1940 season, Dizzy Dean of the Cubs pitches to his former battery mate and Cardinals catcher Don Padgett in the second inning of a Sunday afternoon contest. While he was able to get Padgett to pop up to second base, the rest of his day was a rough ride, The affable right-hander would be chased to the showers in the 5th inning after giving up seven hits and five runs, four that were earned.

The Cardinals behind Johnny Mize two RBIs would beat Dean and his Cubs 5-4. For Dean though the end was near, he would finish the season marred by injuries with a 3-3 record and a 5.17 ERA. The future Hall of Famer would pitch briefly in 1941 and again with the St Louis Browns in 1947 before he would hang up the spikes for good, ending one of the most colorful careers baseball has ever seen.

Also in this photo is the Cubs catcher Al Todd and umpire Dolly Stark and in the distance you can see shortstop Bobby Sturgeon.

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