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Paul Howard "Dizzy" Trout (June 29, 1915February 28, 1972) was a Major League Baseball pitcher primarily for the Detroit Tigers. Born in Sandcut, Indiana, he first played professionally in 1935 with the Terre Haute Tots in the Three-I League before signing with Detroit in 1939.

Trout played for the Tigers for fourteen seasons, accompanying the team to two World Series, in 1940 and 1945.

Early Years: 1939-1942Edit

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.

One of the Best Pitchers in Baseball: 1943-1947Edit

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.

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

Dizzy Trout led the American League in wins in 1943 with 20 wins, but his best season was 1944, when he won 27 games and lost only 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.

The Later Years: 1947-1952Edit

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.

Trout's Life After Major League BaseballEdit

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.

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

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Preceded by:
Tex Hughson
American League Wins Champion
(with Spud Chandler)
Succeeded by:
Hal Newhouser
Preceded by:
Spud Chandler
American League ERA Champion
Succeeded by:
Hal Newhouser

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