Lefty Grove

Lefty Grove
Birthdate 3/6/1900
Death Date 5/22/1975
Debut Year 1925
Year of Induction 1947
Teams Athletics, Red Sox
Position Pitcher

The American League leader in strikeouts in each of his first seven seasons, Lefty Grove recorded the AL’s lowest ERA a record nine times.

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Lefty Grove was one of the greatest pitchers in history

Lefty Grove was one of the greatest pitchers in history

Lefty Grove won the pitcher’s Triple Crown in back-to-back seasons in 1930 and 1931. The AL wins leader in four seasons, Grove also led the league in strikeouts seven times and ERA nine times. Grove’s best season came in 1931 when he went 31-4 with a 2.06 ERA to win the American League M
Lefty Grove got the save in the first All Star Game in 1933

Lefty Grove got the save in the first All Star Game in 1933

In 1933 baseball began the tradition of playing an All Star Game between the best players in each league. The inaugural contest was an instant classic. Fittingly, Babe Ruth hit the Mid Summer Classic’s first long ball. The American League beat their NL counterparts 4-2. Lefty Grove pitched thr
After retirement, Grove was a mainstay at old timers' games

After retirement, Grove was a mainstay at old timers' games

The Yankee Old Timer’s Game was a star-studded affair during the 1960s. Here 300-game winner Lefty Grove accepts Bob Fishel’s invitation to the game via this telegram. A back-to-back World Series champion with the Philadelphia Athletics, Grove was selected to Major League Baseball’
Lefty Grove won 257 games from 1928-1947, the most in all of baseball

Lefty Grove won 257 games from 1928-1947, the most in all of baseball

Lefty Grove was one of the most dominant pitchers of his era. Indeed he was one of the best of any era. An 8-time 20-game winner, Grove won a career high 31 games in 1931. From 1928-1947 Grove won 247 games, the most in all of baseball. Shown here is a 3×5 card handwritten by Indians great Mel
When Warren Spahn tied Grove on the wins list, the league presidents offered their congratulations

When Warren Spahn tied Grove on the wins list, the league presidents offered their congratulations

Lefty Grove retired with exactly 300 wins. It was quite a feat for a man who didn’t throw a big league pitch until he was 25 years old. Grove reached the milestone on July 25, 1941 with a complete game, 6-strikeout performance against the Indians. Twenty years later Warren Spahn joined the 300

One response to “Lefty Grove”

  1. Michael Kidwell says:

    Lefty Grove is the pride of Mountain Maryland and his hometown, Lonaconing where they have recently erected a statue in honor of the Hall of Famer!

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