DIZZY DEAN *

I didn’t have much schoolin’, and didn’t need it
The two things I knew best I didn’t learn in school:
how to pitch a baseball and a sense of my own worth
Pitchin’ gave me a darn good livin’
during the hard times we had then,
and the workload wasn’t too bad
I laugh when I hear talk about pitchers bein’ overworked;
pitchin’ wasn’t near as tough as pickin’ cotton,
which I did as a kid
Negotiatin’ with Branch when he held all the cards
meant I wouldn’t be gettin’ near what I should’ve,
but I was able to make up for it
by barnstorming in the offseason*