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The Pride of St. Louis

Eric Gilde October 27, 2021

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This week on Take Me In to the Ballgame:

Ellen Adair and Eric Gilde discuss the Dizzy Dean biopic, “The Pride of St. Louis.” They introduce the film (1:13), with an overview of the story, cast, and filmmakers, and review the 20-80 baseball scouting grades for rating the film (5:54). Amount of Baseball (11:46) addresses the consistency of the baseball as particularly good for the era, and provides a 2021 player comp. Baseball Accuracy (14:23) delves into the details of Jerome Dean’s early life, his stint in the army, the Texas League, and signing by the Cardinals organization. Various possible origins of the nickname “Dizzy” are discussed, along with his courtship of Pat, and fact vs. fiction with his first MLB game. Diving into Dizzy Dean stats references Van Mungo, Corbin Burnes, Aaron Nola, and Jacob deGrom. They discuss the hardworking Paul Dean and Dizzy Dean and their strike, the brothers’ injuries, Dizzy’s retirement, Dizzy as broadcaster with the Cubs and St. Louis Browns, Navin Field vs. Briggs Stadium, and English teachers vs. Dean. Storytelling (46:28) addresses Dizzy’s folksiness and audience’s familiarity with the character of Dizzy Dean, Ted Lasso, the attempts at darkness at the end of the movie, the Johnny Kendall confusion, the rehab montage, and some blocking choices. The Score (58:33): the horror. Acting (1:03:06) praises Dan Dailey and Joanne Dru, Richard Crenna, Richard Hylton, and does not praise the terrible doctor. Delightfulness of Catcher (1:07:04) considers whether or not Paul functions as a catcher, with some discussion of Gus Mancuso, Jimmy Wilson, Spud Davis, Bill Delancy, and Bruce Ogrodowski. Delightfulness of Announcer (1:11:00) discusses the cornucopia of announcers and the supreme delightfulness of Dizzy as an announcer. Lack of Misogyny (1:13:49) delves in on the portrayal of Pat, with Dizzy steamrolling Pat in their courtship vs. the film’s possible comeuppance. That woman in the stands with her boyfriend definitely comes up. No spoilers on the following segments: Yes or No (1:20:55), Six Degrees of Baseball (1:23:44), Favorite Moment (1:25:22) Least Favorite Moment (1:27:18), Scene We Would Have Liked to See (1:28:44), Dreamiest Player (1:31:26), Favorite Performance (1:32:12) Review Thank You (1:33:14) and Next Time (1:33:37).


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