By then Dizzy's leg was stiffening, and he realized he was through as a pitcher, not only for the day, but forever. Coming off the mound for the last time as a major leaguer he waved his cap to, the crowd. Everyone, including the pitchers' wives, stood up and cheered. Dizzy thanked his teammates for their excellent fielding support and announced, "I still think I can pitch well enough to win, but I ain't agoin' to try."
Dean had thrown just 39 pitches, an average of less than 10 an inning and had faced only 14 batters, two over the minimum. When he left the game the score was tied 0-0. In the ninth, however, the Sox scored five runs off his successor, Glen Moulder. A two-run St. Louis rally in the last of the ninth fell short, and the Browns lost their 95th game.
That year at Christmas the Browns mailed Dean a check for $1,000. "Call it a bonus," wrote DeWitt in the note of greeting and appreciation that accompanied it.