Eli Grba Stats

Eli Grba was born on Thursday, August 9, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois. Grba was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 10, 1959, with the New York Yankees. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Eli Grba baseball stats page.

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Eli Grba

Eli Grba Autograph on a 1962 Topps Baseball Card (#96 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1962top01' title='1962 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Eli Grba Autograph on a 1962 Topps Baseball Card (#96 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Eli Grba
Nickname:
None
Born On:
08-09-1934  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Chicago, Illinois
Year of Death Data Died On:
01-14-2019 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Florence, Alabama
Cemetery:
New Salem Cemetery, Salem, Alabama
High School:
Bowen High School (Chicago, IL)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
207
First Game:
07-10-1959 (Age 24)
Last Game:
08-04-1963
Draft:
Not Applicable
Eli Grba

Eli Grba Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
1959 25 Yankees 19 6 5 2 5 .286 6.44 0 0 0 50.1 240 52 36 44 6 39 0 23 0 0 0 -
1960 26 Yankees 24 9 4 6 4 .600 3.68 1 0 1 80.2 346 65 33 45 9 46 3 32 4 2 1 -
1961 27 Angels 40 30 5 11 13 .458 4.25 8 0 2 211.2 941 197 100 119 26 114 10 105 6 7 1 -
1962 28 Angels 40 29 5 8 9 .471 4.54 1 0 1 176.1 783 185 89 101 19 75 5 90 4 2 1 -
1963 29 Angels 12 1 7 1 2 .333 4.67 0 0 0 17.1 77 14 9 9 2 10 1 5 1 1 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
5 Years 135 75 26 28 33 .459 4.48 10 0 4 536.1 2,387 513 267 318 62 284 19 255 15 12 3 -
Eli Grba

Eli Grba Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1959 25 Yankees 19 14 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 .214 .267 .286
1960 26 Yankees 27 21 1 5 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 7 3 0 0 1 .238 .304 .381
1961 27 Angels 42 64 8 15 3 0 2 0 11 6 0 17 8 1 1 1 .234 .306 .375
1962 28 Angels 42 58 5 12 1 0 1 0 7 4 0 14 3 0 0 0 .207 .258 .276
1963 29 Angels 13 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
5 Years 143 160 15 35 5 0 4 0 19 14 0 42 15 1 1 2 .219 .284 .325
Eli Grba

Eli Grba Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1959 Yankees P 19 6 151 13 0.7 12 3 9 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .923 2.15
1960 Yankees P 24 9 242 19 0.8 18 9 9 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .947 2.01
1961 Angels P 40 30 635 44 1.1 42 11 31 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .955 1.79
1962 Angels P 40 29 529 53 1.3 46 9 37 7 3 n/a n/a n/a .868 2.35
1963 Angels P 12 1 52 5 0.4 5 2 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.60
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 135 75 1,609 134 1.0 123 34 89 11 7 n/a n/a n/a .918 2.06
5 Years 135 75 1,609 134 1.0 123 34 89 11 7 n/a n/a n/a .918 2.06
Eli Grba

Eli Grba Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1959 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.7 0.0 0.59 4.11 6.97
1960 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 3 n/a 21.0 3.0 21.0 0.70 3.57 5.13
1961 Angels 0 0 .000 0 2 n/a 32.0 3.8 5.8 0.92 4.46 4.85
1962 Angels 0 0 .000 0 2 n/a 58.0 4.1 8.3 1.20 4.59 3.83
1963 Angels 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 0.0 0.50 2.60 5.19
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
5 Years 0 0 .000 1 7 n/a 40.0 3.8 8.4 0.90 4.28 4.77
Eli Grba

Eli Grba Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1959 New York Yankees 47 Undetermined - -
1960 New York Yankees 18 Undetermined - Stats
1961 Los Angeles Angels 33 Undetermined - -
1962 Los Angeles Angels 33 Undetermined - -
1963 Los Angeles Angels 33 Undetermined - -


Eli Grba was a Major League baseball player who pitched for the New York Yankees Los Angeles Angels (1961–1963). Eli was scouted by Chuck Koney and signed by the Boston Red Sox when he graduated from Bowen High School, eventually becoming their second major league twirler. Do you know who was first? [ Answer ]

Did you know that Eli Grba was the first player ever chosen in an expansion draft? On December 14, 1960, the first expansion draft in Major League Baseball history took place. The Los Angeles Angels selected first that day, the Washington Senators were second, and with their first pick, LA chose Grba! A look at the ( Angels Only) 1960 Major League Baseball Expansion Draft:

Los Angeles Angels Expansion Draft

Order Name

Team (Position)

1. Eli Grba

New York Yankees (P)

2. Duke Maas

New York Yankees (P)

3. Jerry Casale

Boston Red Sox (P)

4. Tex Clevenger

Minnesota Twins (P)

5. Bob Sprout

Detroit Tigers (P)

6. Aubrey Gatewood

Detroit Tigers (P)

7. Ken McBride

Chicago White Sox (P)

8. Ned Garver

Kansas City Athletics (P)

9. Ron Moeller

Baltimore Orioles (P)

10. Bob Davis

Kansas City Athletics (P)

11. Ed Sadowski

Boston Red Sox (C)

12. Buck Rodgers

Detroit Tigers (C)

13. Eddie Yost

Detroit Tigers (3B)

14. Ken Aspromonte

Cleveland Indians (2B)

15. Ken Hamlin

Kansas City Athletics (SS)

16. Gene Leek

Cleveland Indians (3B)

17. Jim Fregosi

Boston Red Sox (SS)

18. Bob Cerv

New York Yankees (OF)

19. Ken Hunt

New York Yankees (OF)

20. Jim McAnany

Chicago White Sox (OF)

21. Earl Averill

Chicago White Sox (OF)

22. Faye Throneberry

Minnesota Twins (OF)

23. Ted Kluszewski

Chicago White Sox (1B)

24. Don Ross

Baltimore Orioles (IF)

25. Julio Becquer

Minnesota Twins (1B)

26. Dean Chance

Baltimore Orioles (P)

27. Fred Newman

Boston Red Sox (P)

28. Red Wilson

Cleveland Indians (C)

29. Steve Bilko

Detroit Tigers (1B)

30. Albie Pearson

Baltimore Orioles (OF)

On April 11, 1961 , the Los Angeles Angels played their first regular season game in franchise history, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 in Memorial Stadium. Around the horn that day were Eli Grba (P), Del Rice (C), Ted Kluszewski (1B), Ken Aspromonte (2B), Eddie Yost (3B), Fritz Brickell (SS), Bob Cerv (LF), Ken Hunt (CF) and Albie Pearson (RF).

Last-Modified: April 20, 2019 10:15 AM EST

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