Lefty Grove is born in Lonaconing, Maryland

Mar 6, 1900 | Birth, Podcast




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On March 6, 1900 Lefty Grove. Grove was born in Lonaconing, Maryland, one of eight children of John Robert Grove and Emma Catherine Beeman. He was from a family of coal miners.

Grove was a sandlot star in the Baltimore area during the 1910s. Grove didn’t play organized baseball until he was 19 years old. In 1920, he made his professional debut with the Martinsburg Mountaineers of the class-D Blue Ridge League, where he appeared in six games. In 59 innings pitched, Grove gave up just 30 hits, and he had an earned run average (ERA) of 1.68. His performance attracted the attention of Jack Dunn, Sr, the manager/owner of the minor league Baltimore Orioles, who also discovered Babe Ruth.

He will go on to pitch with Philadelphia Athletics (1925-1933) and the Boston Red Sox (1934-1941). Lefty was a 6X All-Star (the 1st All-Star game wasn’t played until 1933 so he obviously would have been in several more), won 2 pitching triple crowns, won the AL MVP Award in 1931, and was a key member of 2 World Series champions (1929-1930 Athletics). He also led the AL in ERA 9X(!), strikeouts 7X, and wins 4X. Lefty was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1947 (76.4% on the 3rd ballot).
 
In his 17-year career (1925-1941), Grove had 300 wins 2,266 strikeouts, 35 shutouts, & 3.06 ERA.
 
Lefty passed away in 1975 at the age of 75.
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