15. Heinie Groh
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 18, 1889 in Rochester, NY USA
  • Weight: 158 lbs.
  • Height: 5'8"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 12, 1912
  • Final Game: October 02, 1927
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1915
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1915
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1918
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1918
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1919
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1919
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1920
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1920
 
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Aside from his colorful nickname, Henry “Heinie” Groh was known for his use of a “bottle” bat, where he shaved the handle down as much as he could.  Offensively, he was usually used as the leadoff hitter and was a very skilled bunter.  He would have four seasons where he batted over .300 and would lead the National League in On Base Percentage twice.  He would also win the OPS Title in 1919, the same year he helped the Reds defeat the White Sox in that infamous World Series.  Defensively speaking, the short statured Groh was considered one of the most tenacious players on the diamond and excelled at turning double plays from the hot corner.  He would win a second World Series in 1923 after he was traded back to the New York Giants.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Third Base
  • Acquired: Traded from the New York Giants with Red Ames, Josh Devore and $20,000 for Art Fromme 5/22/13.
  • Departed: Traded to the New York Giants for George Burns, Mike Gonzalez and $150,000  12/6/21.
  • Games Played: 1211
  • Notable Statistics: 663 Runs Scored
    1,323 Hits
    224 Doubles
    75 Triples
    17 Home Runs
    408 RBI
    158 Stolen Bases
    .298/.378/.394 Slash Line
    40.6 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series Champion (1919)
    Highest On Base Percentage (1973)
    Highest OPS (1919)
    Most Plate Appearances (1917)
    Most Runs Scored (1918)
    Most Hits (1917)
    Most Doubles (1917 & 1918)
    Most Walks (1916)
    Most Times Hit by Pitch (1914)
    Most Putouts by a Third Baseman (1917, 1918 & 1919)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Third Baseman (1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919 & 1920)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Third Baseman (1916)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Third Baseman (1917 & 1918)
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