Lefty Grove was regarded as one of the most dominant pitchers during his 17 year career with the Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Red Sox. He led the league in wins for four seasons, lowest ERA for nine seasons, and strikeouts for seven consecutive seasons, as well as won the pitching Triple Crown twice. Grove’s impressive statistics earned him a spot in six All-Star games, an American League MVP award in 1931, and helped lead the Athletics to two consecutive World Series Championships. He finished off his remarkable career with an even 300 wins, 2,266 strikeouts, a lifetime ERA of 3.06, and an overall winning percentage of .680. In 1947 Lefty Grove was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and in 1999 fans voted him on to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
-Michael Rinehart Jr.
One of the most amazing things about Grove’s career numbers is that he lost four years at the beginning of his career because International League Baltimore Orioles owner Jack Dunn refused to sell his contract to any of the Major League clubs.
August 20, 2011