10. Lefty Grove
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: March 6, 1900 in Lonaconing, MD USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: April 14, 1925
  • Final Game: September 28, 1941
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1926
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1927
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1927
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1928
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1928
  • TSN All-Star - 1928
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1929
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1929
  • TSN All-Star - 1929
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1930
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1930
  • Pitching Triple Crown - 1930
  • TSN All-Star - 1930
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1931
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1931
  • Most Valuable Player - 1931
  • Pitching Triple Crown - 1931
  • TSN All-Star - 1931
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1932
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1932
  • TSN All-Star - 1932
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1933
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1933
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1935
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1937
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1938
 
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Lefty Grove was an elite pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics, and he would win the ERA Title four years in a row, from 1929 to 1932.  In the first three of those years, Grove took the Athletics to three World Series, winning the first two.  His work in Philadelphia was probably enough to earn him a spot in Cooperstown, but in Boston, he had a beautiful end to his career.

Athletics owner, Connie Mack, began a fire sale, and Grove would be dealt to the Boston Red Sox, and initially, it looked like the southpaw was done.  In his first year in Boston (1934), Grove only went 8-8 with a horrible 6.50 ERA, and his arm trouble limited him to only 22 Games.  He would rebound spectacularly, and while he was not recording the same number of Strikeouts, he was craftier and would win the ERA Title four times for Boston (1935, 1936, 1938 & 1939), and he was first in bWAR for Pitchers three consecutive seasons (1935-37).  Grove wasn’t as productive as he was in Philadelphia, but the second half of the 30s still saw Grove as an ace.

Age would catch up to him by 1940, and he retired after 1941.  With the Red Sox, he had a record of 105-62.

Grove would be chosen for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Traded from the Philadelphia Athletics with Max Bishop and Rube Walberg for Bob Kline, Rabbit Warstler, and $125,000 12/12/33.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1941 season.
  • Games Played: 214
  • Notable Statistics: 105 Wins
    62 Losses
    190 Games Started
    3.34 ERA
    119 Complete Games
    17 Games Finished
    4 Saves
    1,539.2 Innings Pitched
    743 Strikeouts
    3.60 FIP
    1.321 WHIP
    41.9 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (1935, 1936, 1937, 1938 & 1939)
    Highest bWAR for a Pitcher (1935, 1936 & 1937)
    Lowest ERA (1935, 1936, 1938 & 1939)
    Lowest WHIP (1935 & 1936)
    Most Shutouts (1936)
    Highest SO/BB (1936 & 1938)
    Highest ERA+ (1935, 1936, 1938 & 1939)
    Lowest FIP (1935 & 1938)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1935, 1936 & 1937)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1938)

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