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The Pride of St. Louis is a 1952 biographical film of the life of Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jerome Herman "Dizzy" Dean. It starred Dan Dailey as Dean, Joanne Dru as his wife, and Richard Crenna as his brother Paul "Daffy" Dean, also a major league pitcher. Guy Trosper was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story. Much of the plotline of this movie is reasonably close to the facts of Dizzy Dean's life and baseball career through the early 1940s; however, the climax is fictionalized. The story arc covers Dean's rise to pitching superstardom, the early end of his career, and his redemption through radio broadcasting. Dean, played by Dan Dailey, reacts to his career-ending injury with a combination of resentment and stoic acceptance. In the film's climax, Dean faces a local coalition of English teachers who are determined to remove him from the air for repeatedly using lower-class grammatical tropes, which they feel are a bad influence upon baseball-loving youth. In...
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