Monday, February 27, 2012
Today is the 40th anniversary of the death of Paul Howard “Dizzy” Trout. Trout was on the 1938 Toledo Mud Hens team as was “Wild Bill” Miller (whose death was commemorated yesterday) but possibly at different points in the season. Trout hailed from a northern suburb of Terre Haute, Indiana called Sandcut, cutting his teeth on professional baseball at the age of 20 with the Terre Haute Tots of the Three-Eye League. Trout's American Association debut came the same year when he had a cup of coffee with the Indianapolis Indians in 1935. He repeated with the Tribe the following season, going 8-7 in 37 games. In 1937 he was with the Toledo Mud Hens, picking up 14 wins, losing 16 games in 41 games. He returned to the Hens for a five-game stint in 1938 for a dash of seasoning before joining the Detroit Tigers for a long and noteworthy career. Trout died February 28, 1972 before his time at the age of 56 at Harvey, Illinois.