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Lefty Grove


Lefty Grove

Lefty Grove of the Philadelphia A's warms up before a Sept. 3, 1929 game against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York.

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Vital Statistics:

Born: March 6, 1900 in Lonaconing, Md.

Died: May 22, 1975

Teams: Philadelphia A's (1925-33), Boston Red Sox (1934-41)

Inducted into Hall of Fame: 1947

Height: 6-3

Weight: 190

Batted: Left

Threw: Left

Primary position: Pitcher

Career Highlights:

  • Hard-throwing, cantankerous and lanky lefty won exactly 300 games and lost 141 in his 17-year career, averaging 19 wins per season.
  • Won nine ERA titles, the most in history.
  • Went 79-15 from 1929-31, leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts each year, and the A's won the pennant all three years. Went 31-4 in 1931.
  • Won two World Series in 1929 and 1930, and was 4-2 with a 1.75 ERA in his eight career World Series starts.
  • Led the AL in strikeouts inthe first seven years of his career.

After Retirement:

  • Opened a bowling alley in Lonaconing, Md.
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