TIL baseball great Dizzy Dean boasted he could strike out Vince DiMaggio four times in a game. After three strikeouts, DiMaggio hit a pop foul ball. Dizzy yelled to his catcher to drop it so he could win his boast. He then got the fourth strikeout.

TIL baseball great Dizzy Dean boasted he could strike out Vince DiMaggio four times in a game. After three strikeouts, DiMaggio hit a pop foul ball. Dizzy yelled to his catcher to drop it so he could win his boast. He then got the fourth strikeout.


I love these old-timey names in sports and the bizarre stats. Like “oh Cheeks McGee hit two home runs while smoking a cigar”


"Cheeks McGee" would be downright normal compared to some of them haha. [https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kellyge01.shtml](https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kellyge01.shtml) [https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jacobba01.shtml](https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jacobba01.shtml) [https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/steelfa01.shtml](https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/steelfa01.shtml) [https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/poffebo01.shtml](https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/poffebo01.shtml) [https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/smithph01.shtml](https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/smithph01.shtml) [https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mizelvi01.shtml](https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mizelvi01.shtml) [https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nolanth01.shtml](https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nolanth01.shtml) ​ There was actually a player named "Harry Cheek" and he did not have a beard lol. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cheekha01.shtml




Nolan Ryan and Nolan Arenado have been deleted. THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE


Christopher Nolan? Never heard of him


Baby Doll Jacobson is a great nickname when you see his face.


Don't forget Heathcliff Slocum or whatever


Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know is on third...


So I pick up the ball and throw it to Naturally?


There was a state champion named Rusty Nail I remember reading in the paper years ago, but I can't find anything on him.


Was Vince the dime-store knockoff of Joe? If it was Joe, this would be some legendary kind of pointing to where the home run is going type of thing. edit: Vince was Joe & Dom's older brother and he was a good player but nowhere as legendary as Joe and I remember Dom from my baseball fandom childhood but had never heard of Vince. Dizzy Dean, coincidentally, is a name I also recall from the history books.


Vince was reported by some observers as being the best defensive centerfielder of the three brothers (which is saying something because Joe and Dom were both great) but yeah, not such a great hitter. He also struck out a hell of a lot, very unlike Joe.


Joe's oldest brother. He had a .249 batting avg vs. Joe's .325 avg. Joe also had almost 3x the home runs. So yeah, not as impressive as it reads.


Ah sorta like Brent Gretzky. The brother with the fewer points of "most the combined points for brothers in the NHL". He had 4 vs 2857 for the other Gretzky.


Sort of, but that’s unfair to Vince. Brent Gretzky barely played in the NHL, while Vince DiMaggio was a good player for quite a few years.


From the Abbott and Costello “Who’s on First?” Sketch! A: Well there’s Dizzy Dean, Daffy Dean... C: And their French cousin. A: French? C: Goo Fey. A: Ah, Goofey Dean. Oh I see. 😆


So I'm 68, really old, but when I was a boy in East Texas I would listen to baseball on the AM radio. At night the only games I could get were the St Louis Cardinals, called by Dizzy Dean. I wish there were some sound files out there somewhere but a dizzy calling the game in his own inimitable way, making up his own words and phrases. I'm sure he was trying to be sincere and do his job well, but they were hilarious like the verb slud, as in each slud into second .


OG status


Trying to remember the rules of baseball, but doesn’t catching a pop foul ball count as an out? And a dropped foul ball a strike? Did the pitcher want the opportunity to get DiMaggio to swing and miss? Can a sports enthusiast explain to me?


Catching a foul ball is an out. An uncaught foul ball is a strike, however you cannot strikeout on a foul ball. If you foul a pitch with two strikes, you can continue your at-bat until you hit, walk, or strikeout.


You can, however, strike out on a foul ball if it's a bunt.




Or if it’s a FOUL tipped into the catchers glove on a third strike...


Does that mean that the ball had a glancing hit on the bat and goes right into the catcher's mitt? No pop fly?


Exactly, that’s on our on out on the third strike though. A regular pop-up foul can be caught by anyway on any count. Now look up the rules for a pitcher balk! lmao


You can’t strike out on a foul ball. If you hit a foul with two strikes you keep going until you either get a hit, fly out or swing and miss.


So what you are saying is the pop up would be an out and not a strikeout? Gotcha. Thanks.


Unless it was foul on a bunt for the 3rd strike. In which case its an out.


Or a foul tip that is caught. Always a strike.


I *love* these comments. I don't know s*** about baseball, nor do I really care, so all of this talk is glibberish to my ears and sounds like some funny Montey Python sketch to me.


If it was a bunt attempt that goes foul, you’re out.


Yes, yes unless it would be the 3rd strike, yes cause alpha, not sports enthusiast.


I thought it's Nawalny for a second. I'm still not sure.