Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dedeaux moved to Los Angeles and graduated from Hollywood High School in 1931. He played baseball at the University of Southern California for three seasons. Dedeaux then played professional baseball briefly in 1935, appearing in two games as a shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The following year his baseball career ended due to an injury. Dedeaux invested $500 to start a trucking firm, Dart (Dedeaux Automotive Repair and Transit) Enterprises, which he built into a successful business. Now known as Dart Entities. While running a business his love for baseball kept him coaching at USC. A new baseball field at USC named Dedeaux Field opened in 1974, named in honor of the active head coach. Dedeaux piloted the Trojans to a record 1,331 victories, 11 College World Series titles and 28 conference championships in 45 seasons as manager. In 1999, he was named the coach of the century by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. Dedeaux was married to the former Helen L. Jones (1915–2007) for 66 years, and they had four children.
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