Dizzy Trout

Paul Howard "Dizzy" Trout (June 29, 1915 – February 28, 1972) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher with the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles between 1939 and 1957. Trout batted and threw right-handed

Trout was born in Sandcut, Indiana. He first played professionally in 1935 with the Terre Haute Tots in the Three-I League before signing with the Tigers in 1939.

Dizzy Trout
Dizzy Trout
Born: June 29, 1915
Sandcut, Indiana
Died: February 28, 1972 (aged 56)
Harvey, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 25, 1939, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 11, 1957, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Win–loss record170–161
Earned run average3.23
Career highlights and awards


In his first four seasons (1939–1942), Dizzy Trout never had a winning record and totaled 33 wins and 44 losses. Even in 1940, as the Tigers won the American League pennant, Trout finished 3-7.


Dizzy Trout was classified 4-F due to hearing impairment [1] and was not accepted for military service during World War II. It was during the war years that Trout had his best seasons.

Trout had a losing record in his first four seasons, but in the next four years (1943–1946) he turned into one of the best pitchers in the American League, winning 82 and losing 54.

Dizzy Trout led the American League in wins (20) in 1943, but his best season was 1944, when he won 27 games and lost 14. He led the American League that year in ERA (2.12), complete games (33), shutouts (7), and innings pitched (352-1/3). He also finished second in the league to his Detroit teammate, Hal Newhouser, in wins (27) and strikeouts (144). The Tigers' pitching duo of Trout and Newhouser won 56 games in 1944 and finished 1-2 in ERA, wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, complete games, and shutouts. Newhouser and Trout also finished 1-2 in the American League MVP voting, with Trout trailing Newhouser in the voting by only 4 votes.

Trout's pitching totals were not as impressive in 1945, but he was a workhorse in the pennant drive. He pitched six games and won four over a nine-game late-season stretch. In Game 4 of the 1945 World Series, Trout beat the Cubs 4-1 on a five-hitter. The Tigers won the 1945 World Series, and Trout went 1-1 with an ERA of 0.66 in the Series.


From 1947–1949, Trout's performance dropped off, as he failed to achieve a winning record, and had a total record of 23-31.

Aside from his pitching, Trout could hit for power. He hit 20 home runs, tying him for 11th all-time in home runs by pitchers. He hit a 9th inning grand slam against the Washington Senators on July 28, 1949, helping the Tigers to a victory.

In 1950, Trout and the Tigers both turned things around. Trout won 13 and lost only 5, and the Tigers won 95 games and narrowly lost the American League pennant to the Yankees.

On June 3, 1952, Trout was sent to the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster trade that sent Walt Dropo, Don Lenhardt, Johnny Pesky, Fred Hatfield, and Bill Wight to the Tigers for Trout, George Kell, Hoot Evers, and Johnny Lipon. Trout started only 17 games for the Red Sox, and retired at the end of the 1952 season.


After retiring from baseball, Trout called play-by-play for the Tigers on radio WKMH and TV WJBK-TV from 1953–1955. He also hosted The Knot-Hole Gang, a sports show aimed at children. Trout broadcast the Tigers games with Van Patrick and became popular with Detroit fans for his self-effacing humor, scrambled syntax, and folksy demeanor.

In 1956, Trout ran unsuccessfully for sheriff in Wayne County as a Republican, losing to long-time incumbent Andrew C. Baird.

He attempted a return to baseball with the Baltimore Orioles in 1957 at age 42. Trout made two appearances, allowed three earned runs, and retired one batter, for an 81.00 ERA. After being released by Baltimore, he joined the Chicago White Sox as a pitching instructor and then worked with that organization's front office until his death from stomach cancer at the age of 56 in 1972 at Harvey, Illinois.

He was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.[1]

Trout's son, Steve, pitched for 12 years in the major leagues.

See also


  1. ^ "Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame". Indbaseballhalloffame.org. Archived from the original on 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2012-06-04.

External links

1940 Detroit Tigers season

The 1940 Detroit Tigers season was their 40th since they entered the American League in 1901. The team won the American League pennant with a record of 90–64, finishing just one game ahead of the Cleveland Indians and just two games ahead of the New York Yankees. It was the sixth American League pennant for the Tigers. The team went on to lose the 1940 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds 4 games to 3.

1945 Chicago Cubs season

The 1945 Chicago Cubs season was the 74th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 70th in the National League and the 30th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the National League pennant with a record of 98–56, 3 games ahead of the second-place St. Louis Cardinals. The team went on to the 1945 World Series, which they lost to the Detroit Tigers in seven games. It would take 71 years before the Cubs made it to another World Series.

1945 Detroit Tigers season

The 1945 Detroit Tigers was the team's 45th since they entered the American League in 1901. The team won the American League pennant, then went on to win the 1945 World Series, defeating the Chicago Cubs 4 games to 3. It was the second World Series championship for the Tigers. Detroit pitcher Hal Newhouser was named the American League's Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season.

1945 World Series

The 1945 World Series matched the American League Champion Detroit Tigers against the National League Champion Chicago Cubs. The Tigers won the Series four games to three, giving them their second championship and first since 1935.

Paul Richards picked up four runs batted in in the seventh game of the series, to lead the Tigers to the 9–3 game win, and 4–3 Series win.

The World Series again used the 3–4 wartime setup for home field sites, instead of the normal 2–3–2. Although the major hostilities of World War II had ended, some of the rules were still in effect. Many of the majors' better players were still in military service. Warren Brown, author of a history of the Cubs in 1946, commented on this by titling one chapter "World's Worst Series". He also cited a famous quote of his, referencing himself anonymously and in the third person. When asked who he liked in the Series, he answered, "I don't think either one of them can win it."

In a similar vein, Frank Graham jokingly called this Series "the fat men versus the tall men at the office picnic."

One player decidedly not fitting that description was the Tigers' slugger Hank Greenberg, who had been discharged from military service early. He hit the only two Tigers homers in the Series, and scored seven runs overall and also drove in seven.

The Curse of the Billy Goat originated in this Series before the start of Game 4. Having last won the Series in 1908, the Cubs owned the dubious record of both the longest league pennant drought and the longest World Series drought in history, not winning another World Series until 2016.

The Series was a rematch of the 1935 World Series. In that Series' final game, Stan Hack led off the top of the ninth inning of Game 6 with a triple but was stranded, and the Cubs lost the game and the Series. Hack was still with the Cubs in 1945. According to Warren Brown's account, Hack was seen surveying the field before the first Series game. When asked what he was doing, Hack responded, "I just wanted to see if I was still standing there on third base."

1946 Detroit Tigers season

The 1946 Detroit Tigers finished the season with a record of 92–62, twelve games behind the Boston Red Sox. The season was their 46th since they entered the American League in 1901.

1947 Detroit Tigers season

The 1947 Detroit Tigers season was a season in American baseball. The team finished second in the American League with a record of 85–69, 12 games behind the New York Yankees.

1950 Detroit Tigers season

The 1950 Detroit Tigers had a record of 95–59 (.617), the seventh-best winning percentage in the Tigers' 107-year history. After a tight back-and-forth pennant race, they finished in second place, three games behind a Yankees team that swept the Phillies in the 1950 World Series.

1952 Boston Red Sox season

The 1952 Boston Red Sox season was the 52nd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished sixth in the American League (AL) with a record of 76 wins and 78 losses.

1952 Detroit Tigers season

The 1952 Detroit Tigers had a record of 50–104 (.325) — the worst record in Tigers' history until the 2003 Tigers lost 119 games. Virgil Trucks became the third pitcher in major league history to throw two no-hitters in one season.

Detroit Tigers award winners and league leaders

This is a list of award winners and league leaders for the Detroit Tigers professional baseball team.

Dewey Williams

Dewey Edgar Williams (February 5, 1916 – March 19, 2000) nicknamed "Dee", was an American professional baseball player. A catcher, he appeared in 193 games played in the Major Leagues between 1944 and 1948, and was a member of the 1945 Chicago Cubs, until 2016 the most recent Cub team to win a National League pennant.

Williams was a native of Durham, North Carolina. He threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 160 pounds (73 kg), a slender frame for a catcher. His professional career lasted for 18 seasons, however (1937–54). In June 1944, he was acquired by the Cubs after he batted .313 in 48 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the top-level International League. During his rookie 1944 campaign, Williams appeared in an MLB-career-high 79 games (77 as a catcher), and batted .240 with 27 runs batted in.

In 1945, the following season, Williams was the Cubbies' third-string catcher (behind Mickey Livingston and Paul Gillespie); nevertheless, he appeared in 59 games and slugged two of his three career MLB home runs that season. He remained on the Cub roster for the 1945 World Series, and played in two games. As a pinch hitter in Game 5, Williams struck out against Detroit Tigers' ace left-hander Hal Newhouser. He was a defensive replacement in Game 6, catching the last three innings, grounding out in his only at bat (against Dizzy Trout), and handling two chances without an error. The Cubs split the two games in which Williams played, but the Tigers prevailed in seven games to win the 1945 world championship.

Dick Brodowski

Richard Stanley Brodowski (July 26, 1932 – January 14, 2019) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played in 1952 and from 1955 through 1959 for the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians. He batted and threw right-handed, stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg).

Brodowski signed with the Red Sox in 1951 and in his first pro season he won 21 games (in 26 decisions) in the Class D Ohio–Indiana League. Promoted all the way to Triple-A in 1952, he went 7–1 in ten starting assignments with seven complete games, earning a call up to the Red Sox at the age of 19. In 20 games pitched and 12 starts, he notched a 5–5 record and 4.41 earned run average with four complete games, taking his turn in a pitching rotation which included Mel Parnell, Mickey McDermott, Dizzy Trout and Sid Hudson, however he spent 1953–54 in military service and was ineffective after his return in 1955, spending one season with Boston before moving to Washington and Cleveland.

In his six-season, 72-game MLB career, Brodowski posted a 9–11 record with five complete games, five saves, and 85 strikeouts and a 4.76 ERA in 215​2⁄3 innings pitched. He allowed 212 hits and 124 bases on balls.

Dizzy (nickname)

As a nickname, Dizzy may refer to:

Hubert Raymond Allen (1919-1987), British Second World War Royal Air Force pilot and writer

Dizzy Dean (1910–1974), Major League Baseball pitcher

Dizzy Dismukes (1890–1961), American pitcher and manager in Negro league baseball and during the pre-Negro League years

Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881), British Prime Minister

Dizzy Gillespie (1917–1993), American jazz trumpet player and composer

Jason Gillespie (born 1975), Australian former cricketer

Johnny Moore (trumpeter) (1938-2008), Jamaican trumpet player

Dizzy Nutter (1893-1958), American baseball player

Dizzy Reece (born 1931), jazz trumpeter

Dizzy Reed (born 1963), Guns N' Roses keyboardist

Dizzy Trout (1915–1972), Major League Baseball pitcher

Otto Denning

Otto George Denning (December 28, 1912 – May 25, 1992) was an American professional baseball player and manager. His 20-year (1932–51) career was confined to minor league baseball except for 129 games at the Major League level during the World War II manpower shortage for the 1942–43 Cleveland Indians. He was a native of Hays, Kansas, and attended high school in Chicago, Illinois.

Nicknamed "Dutch," Denning was a 6 ft (1.83 m), 180 lb (82 kg) catcher and first baseman who threw and batted right-handed. He began his pro baseball career in 1932 with the Davenport Blue Sox in the Class D Mississippi Valley League. In 1938, he joined the Minneapolis Millers of the top-level American Association and finished second to teammate Ted Williams in the league's batting race. He hit over .300 for Minneapolis for four consecutive seasons, then was selected by the Indians in the 1941 Rule 5 Draft.

Denning made his big-league debut on April 15, 1942 against the Detroit Tigers, and lashed two hits in four at bats, including a double, off Dizzy Trout in a 6–2 Cleveland defeat. He started at catcher again the following day, and went one for two, with another double (off Tommy Bridges). But, although he was the Indians' most-used catcher (playing ahead of rookie and eventual Cleveland stalwart Jim Hegan and veteran Gene Desautels), Denning's production declined as the season wore on. He batted only .210 in 92 games, and, in 1943 he served as the Indians' reserve first baseman (backing up Mickey Rocco) through June 4, when he returned to the minor leagues for the remainder of his on-field career.

In the Majors, Denning collected 76 hits, with 20 doubles and one home run, struck on May 4, 1942, at Fenway Park off Dick Newsome of the Boston Red Sox. He became a player-manager in the minors in 1948 in the Chicago White Sox organization, retiring as an active player in 1950 before spending a final season, 1951, as a non-playing skipper.

Salty Parker

Francis James "Salty" Parker (July 8, 1912 – July 27, 1992) was a Major League Baseball infielder, coach and manager. Born in East St. Louis, Illinois, he batted and threw right-handed, stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 173 pounds (78 kg). His professional baseball career began in the minor leagues in 1930.

Parker played in the Major Leagues for one month from August 13, 1936 through September 16, 1936. He appeared in 11 games, seven of which were at shortstop, for the Detroit Tigers, collecting seven hits and four RBIs for a .280 batting average and a .333 on-base percentage. Parker was sent to the Tigers on December 2, 1936 in a trade with Indianapolis American Association that also brought Dizzy Trout to the Tigers. Though Parker only played a month, Trout was a Major League pitcher for years, and eventually the Tigers' ace.

After a lengthy minor league managerial career, including a stint managing Leones de Escogido in the Dominican Republic (1957–1959), Parker coached for the San Francisco Giants (1958–1961), Cleveland Indians (1962), Los Angeles/California Angels (1964–1966; 1973–1974), New York Mets (1967) and Houston Astros (1968–1972) and served brief stints as manager of the Mets, where he had a 4–7 record in 11 games in 1967 in relief of the departed Wes Westrum, and the Astros, where he won the only game he managed on August 26, 1972, in between the tenures of Harry Walker and Leo Durocher.After his MLB coaching career, Parker scouted for the Angels and remained active in Houston-area baseball, coaching in the Karl Young League for many years. He died in 1992 at age 80 in Houston.

Steve Trout

Steven Russell Trout (born July 30, 1957, in Detroit, Michigan) is a former major league baseball pitcher who played during the 1980s.

He is the son of former major league pitcher Dizzy Trout (but no relation to Mike Trout). He had the nickname "Rainbow".

Ted Gray

Ted Glenn Gray (December 31, 1924 – June 15, 2011) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played eight seasons with the Detroit Tigers (1946, 1948–1954), and then had short stints during the 1955 season with the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and Baltimore Orioles.

A native Detroiter, Gray was a star pitcher at Highland Park High School. He signed with the Tigers in 1942 at age 17 and played the 1942 season with Winston-Salem in the Piedmont League, posting a 13–14 record and a 2.04 ERA. He briefly joined the Tigers at the end of the 1942 season but did not play.

Gray enlisted in the Navy when he turned 18 after the 1942 season. Gray was assigned to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station where he pitched for the Great Lakes team managed by Mickey Cochrane. Tigers pitchers Schoolboy Rowe and Dizzy Trout also pitched for Cochrane's star-studded Great Lakes team. Gray was transferred to the New Hebrides in the Pacific Theater, where he continued pitching for the Navy. He won 12 straight games and averaged 17 strikeouts per game in his Navy career. In January 1945, he pitched for the Navy All Stars. He lost his first game against the Army All Stars 3–1 despite striking out 19 batters. In three games against the Army All Stars, Gray had a 1–2 record and a remarkable 46 strikeouts. After the series, The Sporting News reported: "You can’t tell any of the fellows in this war sector that when peace is restored, Ted Gray won’t match the records of Grove, Hubbell, Pennock, Newhouser and the other great lefthanders [sic]." (The Sporting News, February 22, 1945.)[1]

After the war, Gray played with Buffalo before joining the Tigers for a brief stay in 1946. He pitched only three games in the Major Leagues in 1946 (an 0–2 record) and was returned to the minors where he spent the balance of the 1946 season and the entire 1947 season. Gray returned to the Tigers in 1948, posting a record of 6–2.

Though Gray never lived up to the expectations that were created by his wartime performance, he became part of the Tigers starting rotation from 1949 to 1953. In 1949, Gray won 10 games and had a career-best 3.51 ERA (Adjusted ERA+ of 118).

Gray then got off to a phenomenal start in 1950, winning 10 games before the All-Star break. He was selected for the American League All-Star team but ended up as the losing pitcher in the 1950 All-Star Game after giving up a game-winning home run to Red Schoendienst in the 14th inning. [2] After the All Star game, Gray failed to win another game for the remainder of the year, finishing with a 10-7 record.

Gray reportedly suffered from chronic blisters that hindered his performance. [3]

In 1951, Gray's downward slide continued as he led the American League in losses with a record of 7–14. And in 1952, Gray was among the league leaders in losses with 17 (third most in the AL) and earned runs allowed with 103 (third most in the AL).

Gray was a power pitcher who was known for his forkball and ranked among the American League leaders in strikeouts four consecutive years from 1950 to 1954. He had the second-highest rate of strikeouts per 9 innings in both 1951 (5.97) and 1952 (5.88). He was also among the league leaders in home runs allowed on three occasions, leading the league in home runs allowed in 1953 with 25.

At the end of the 1954 season, Gray was traded to the Chicago White Sox with Walt Dropo. He was released by four teams during the 1955 season. Only two other players have played for four American League teams in one season: Frank Huelsman and Paul Lehner.

Gray posted a career won-loss record of 59–74 with a 4.37 ERA in 222 career games.

Trout (surname)

Trout is the surname of:


Austin Trout (born 1985), American boxer, former WBA super welterweight champion

Bobbi Trout (1906–2003), American female pioneering aviator

Charles H. Trout (1935–2006), historian and American college president

Dink Trout (1898–1950), American actor and radio personality

Dizzy Trout (1915–1972), American Major League Baseball pitcher

G. Malcolm Trout (1896–1990), American food science professor, Michigan State University

Grace Wilbur Trout (1864–1955), American suffragist

Harry E. Trout (1876–1941), head college football coach for the West Virginia University Mountaineers in 1903

Harry L. Trout, American mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1915–1920)

J. D. Trout (born 1959), American philosopher and cognitive scientist

Jack Trout (1935–2017), American advertising and marketing theorist, a founder and pioneer of positioning theory

James M. Trout (1850–1910), United States Navy sailor and recipient of the Medal of Honor

Jennie Kidd Trout (1841–1921), first female licensed physician in Canada

Jessie Trout (1895–1990), Canadian missionary in Japan

Michael Trout (Australian politician) (born 1963), member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Michael Carver Trout (1810–1873), U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania

Mike Trout (born 1991), American Major League Baseball player

Nelson Wesley Trout (1921–1996), first African-American bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Robert Trout (1909–2000), American journalist

Robert O. Trout (1904–1995), American sociologist

Ryan Trout (born 1978), American former soccer player

Steve Trout (born 1957), American retired Major League Baseball pitcher, son of Dizzy Trout

Walter Trout (born 1951), American blues musicianFictional or mythological characters:

the title character of the 1968 novel Eva Trout by Elizabeth Bowen

Ketil Trout (disambiguation), several figures in Norse folklore

Kilgore Trout, created by writer Kurt Vonnegut

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