games do you think you and your brother will win, Diz?"
And Diz said,
We could hear the
sportswriters snicker, which was all right because we were snickering too.
"Forty-five, huh? That's pretty good, Diz. How many you going to win,
So I started to
laugh. I looked at Frisch and said, "Well, let's go fishing for a month and
a half. We've got 45 won. We don't have a worry in the world."
Frank looked at me
sourly. "Let's win first. Then we'll talk about it."
And Diz hollered
down, "Forty-five, Frankie, it's a cinch."
Some joke. He
underestimated himself. Look it up and you will see that Diz won 30 and Paul
won 19. And then they won two apiece in the World Series.
Five days after we
won that double-header in the Polo Grounds, we were back in New York, dirty
uniforms and all, to play a doubleheader against Brooklyn. Dizzy pitched a
three-hit shutout to win the first game, and Paul pitched a no-hitter to win
the second. Those were the games that got us within striking distance and left
no doubt in our minds that we were going to win. "The only thing that makes
me mad," Diz said afterward, "is I didn't know I hadn't given them any
hits in the first seven innings. I should have knowed that. Then I'd have
really breezed the ball in there and we'd both have had a no-hitter."
With the season
coming to a close we were playing a two-game series against Pittsburgh and a
four-game series against Cincinnati, and we were still two games behind the
Giants. The Giants were going to close against Casey Stengel's Dodgers, and
that was the year Bill Terry had asked the famous question, "Is Brooklyn
still in the league?"