Dick Groat Stats

Dick Groat was born on Tuesday, November 4, 1930, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. Groat was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 19, 1952, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. 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 Dick Groat baseball stats page.

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"He is slight, as big league ballplayers go, and if he has muscles, they don't show. He is slow and cannot throw hard. One season he was at-bat 520 times without hitting a home run of his 142 hits, 120 were singles. He seldom smiles and almost never laughs. All he does is play baseball - and beat you. His name is Dick Groat." - Author Rick Cushing in 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates - Day by Day: A Special Season, an Extraordinary World Series (Dorrance Publishing, 03/30/2010, Page 194)

Dick Groat

Dick Groat Autograph on a 1994 Topps Archive Baseball Card (#43)

Dick Groat Autograph on a 1994 Topps Archive Baseball Card (#43)

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Birth Name:
Richard Morrow Groat
Nickname:
Dick
Born On:
11-04-1930  (Scorpio)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Swissvale High School (Swissvale, PA)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
180
First Game:
06-19-1952 (Age 21)
Last Game:
10-01-1967
Draft:
Not Applicable

Dick Groat

Dick Groat Pitching Stats

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Dick Groat

Dick Groat Hitting Stats

1952 22 Pirates 95 384 38 109 6 1 1 0 29 19 0 27 11 0 1 18 .284 .319 .313
1955 25 Pirates 151 521 45 139 28 2 4 0 51 38 11 26 11 1 1 20 .267 .317 .351
1956 26 Pirates 142 520 40 142 19 3 0 0 37 35 3 25 17 3 0 14 .273 .317 .321
1957 27 Pirates 125 501 58 158 30 5 7 0 54 27 1 28 14 6 3 16 .315 .350 .437
1958 28 Pirates 151 584 67 175 36 9 3 0 66 23 7 32 6 5 4 21 .300 .328 .408
1959 29 Pirates 147 593 74 163 22 7 5 1 51 32 2 35 9 4 2 21 .275 .312 .361
1960 30 Pirates 138 573 85 186 26 4 2 0 50 39 0 35 12 1 4 7 .325 .371 .394
1961 31 Pirates 148 596 71 164 25 6 6 0 55 40 0 44 7 4 1 22 .275 .320 .367
1962 32 Pirates 161 678 76 199 34 3 2 0 61 31 1 61 5 6 3 14 .294 .325 .361
1963 33 Cardinals 158 631 85 201 43 11 6 0 73 56 2 58 7 4 6 18 .319 .377 .450
1964 34 Cardinals 161 636 70 186 35 6 1 0 70 44 3 42 9 7 0 15 .292 .335 .371
1965 35 Cardinals 153 587 55 149 26 5 0 0 52 56 2 50 4 7 1 11 .254 .316 .315
1966 36 Phillies 155 584 58 152 21 4 2 0 53 40 6 38 7 4 5 20 .260 .311 .320
1967 37 Phillies 10 26 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 4 1 0 0 0 .115 .233 .115
1967 37 Giants 34 70 4 12 1 1 0 0 4 6 1 7 2 0 0 3 .171 .237 .214
14 Years 1,929 7,484 829 2,138 352 67 39 1 707 490 39 512 122 52 31 220 .286 .330 .366

Dick Groat

Dick Groat Fielding Stats

1952 Pirates SS 94 94 2,457 526 5.6 501 229 272 25 61 n/a n/a n/a .952 5.51
1955 Pirates SS 149 148 3,861 812 5.4 780 330 450 32 107 n/a n/a n/a .961 5.45
1956 Pirates 3B 2 2 42 5 2.5 5 1 4 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.21
1956 Pirates SS 141 136 3,615 741 5.3 707 287 420 34 74 n/a n/a n/a .954 5.28
1957 Pirates 3B 2 2 57 6 3.0 5 0 5 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 2.37
1957 Pirates SS 123 122 3,240 626 5.1 606 226 380 20 74 n/a n/a n/a .968 5.05
1958 Pirates SS 149 149 3,966 788 5.3 768 307 461 20 127 n/a n/a n/a .975 5.23
1959 Pirates SS 145 145 3,906 803 5.5 774 301 473 29 97 n/a n/a n/a .964 5.35
1960 Pirates SS 136 136 3,624 704 5.2 680 237 443 24 92 n/a n/a n/a .966 5.07
1961 Pirates 3B 1 1 27 3 3.0 3 2 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1961 Pirates SS 144 143 3,765 740 5.1 708 235 473 32 117 n/a n/a n/a .957 5.08
1962 Pirates SS 161 161 429 873 5.4 835 314 521 38 126 n/a n/a n/a .956 52.55
1963 Cardinals SS 158 157 414 731 4.6 705 257 448 26 91 n/a n/a n/a .964 45.98
1964 Cardinals SS 160 160 4,119 788 4.9 748 249 499 40 91 n/a n/a n/a .949 4.90
1965 Cardinals 3B 2 3 78 5 2.5 5 0 5 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.73
1965 Cardinals SS 148 144 3,843 719 4.9 692 242 450 27 86 n/a n/a n/a .962 4.86
1966 Phillies 1B 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1966 Phillies 3B 20 19 438 56 2.8 55 18 37 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .982 3.39
1966 Phillies SS 139 133 3,552 733 5.3 714 260 454 19 79 n/a n/a n/a .974 5.43
1967 Phillies SS 6 6 153 38 6.3 36 13 23 2 5 n/a n/a n/a .947 6.35
1967 Giants 2B 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1967 Giants SS 24 14 426 68 2.8 62 18 44 6 10 n/a n/a n/a .912 3.93
SS Totals 1,877 1,848 41,370 9,690 5.2 9,316 3,505 5,811 374 1,237 n/a n/a n/a .961 6.08
3B Totals 27 27 642 75 2.8 73 21 52 2 4 n/a n/a n/a .973 3.07
2B Totals 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1B Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
14 Years 1,906 1,875 42,015 9,766 5.1 9,390 3,526 5,864 376 1,241 n/a n/a n/a .961 6.03

Dick Groat

Dick Groat Miscellaneous Stats

1952 Pirates 2 4 .333 1 0 n/a 384.0 14.2 13.2 - - -
1955 Pirates 0 2 .000 2 0 n/a 130.3 20.0 10.2 - - -
1956 Pirates 0 3 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 20.8 14.1 - - -
1957 Pirates 0 1 .000 0 0 n/a 71.6 17.9 9.3 - - -
1958 Pirates 2 2 .500 2 0 n/a 194.7 18.3 8.8 - - -
1959 Pirates 0 2 .000 2 0 n/a 118.6 16.9 11.6 - - -
1960 Pirates 0 2 .000 1 1 n/a 286.5 16.4 11.5 - - -
1961 Pirates 0 4 .000 3 0 n/a 99.3 13.5 10.8 - - -
1962 Pirates 2 1 .667 0 0 n/a 339.0 11.1 11.1 - - -
1963 Cardinals 3 1 .750 1 0 n/a 105.2 10.9 8.6 - - -
1964 Cardinals 2 3 .400 1 0 n/a 636.0 15.1 9.1 - - -
1965 Cardinals 1 1 .500 6 0 n/a 0.0 11.7 11.3 - - -
1966 Phillies 2 1 .667 2 0 n/a 292.0 15.4 11.0 - - -
1967 Phillies 0 0 .000 4 0 n/a 0.0 6.5 26.0 - - -
1967 Giants 0 0 .000 12 0 n/a 0.0 10.0 17.5 - - -
14 Years 14 27 .341 37 1 n/a 191.9 14.6 10.6 - - -

Dick Groat

Dick Groat Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1952 Pittsburgh Pirates 24 Undetermined - -
1955 Pittsburgh Pirates 24 Undetermined - -
1956 Pittsburgh Pirates 24 Undetermined - -
1957 Pittsburgh Pirates 24 $15,000.00 - -
1958 Pittsburgh Pirates 24 $18,000.00 - -
1959 Pittsburgh Pirates 24 Undetermined Stats -
1960 Pittsburgh Pirates 24 Undetermined Stats Stats
1961 Pittsburgh Pirates 24 $40,000.00 - -
1962 Pittsburgh Pirates 24 Undetermined Stats -
1963 St. Louis Cardinals 24 Undetermined Stats -
1964 St. Louis Cardinals 24 Undetermined Stats Stats
1965 St. Louis Cardinals 24 Undetermined - -
1966 Philadelphia Phillies 24 Undetermined - -
1967 Philadelphia Phillies 24 Undetermined - -
1967 San Francisco Giants 20 Undetermined - -
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Did you know that Dick Groat is one of only a dozen former Major League Baseball players who also played in the National Basketball Association (NBA)?

NBA & MLB Players

Name MLB Debut

NBA Debut

Danny Ainge 05-21-1979

12-09-1981

Frank Baumholtz 04-15-1947

11-03-1946

Gene Conley 04-17-1952

11-16-1952

Chuck Connors 05-01-1949

11-14-1946

Dave DeBusschere 04-22-1962

10-16-1962

Dick Groat 06-19-1952

11-09-1952

Steve Hamilton 04-23-1961

10-22-1958

Mark Hendrickson 08-06-2002

11-20-1996

Cotton Nash 09-01-1967

10-17-1964

Ron Reed 09-26-1966

10-16-1965

Dick Ricketts 06-14-1959

11-05-1955

Howie Schultz 08-16-1943

11-03-1949

Honus Wagner was the first batting champion in Pittsburgh Pirates history, capturing eight batting titles ( 1900 , 1903 , 1904 , 1906 , 1907 , 1908 , 1909 , 1911 ) during his hall of fame career. When Dick Groat hit a league leading .325 in 1960 , he was the second right-handed Bucs hitter to become a batting champion , the first since the Flying Dutchman won in 1911 .

Dick Groat, Sports Illustrated
Dick Groat | Sports Illustrated (Cover) | August 8, 1960 | Baseball Almanac Collection
Did you know that Dick Groat was the first Pittsburgh Pirate to win (1960) the Baseball Writers Most Valuable Player ( MVP ) Award? Paul Waner, a Pirate from 1926 through 1940, won the League Award in 1927, a early predecessor to the MVP Award that was discontinued in 1929. In the Sports Illustrated pictured above, from his MVP season, they (Roy Terrell) wrote:

"The punishment which Dick Groat inflicts upon rival National League teams is something like being beaten to death with an ostrich feather fan, and in assessing credit for the rise of the Pirates it is much easier to pin medals on others. There is Bob Skinner , with his lovely, lethal swing and incredible ability to deliver in the clutch. There is Smoky Burgess , who is short and round but blessed with a pair of of the finest wrists and eyes in baseball and the talent to produce base hits without end. There are the two magicians with gloves, Bill Mazeroski and Don Hoak , and the three pitchers that the hitters generally dread to see come to town: Bob Friend , Vernon Law and Elroy Face . There are the rocketing speed and arm of Roberto Clemente and the booming, if infrequent, home runs of Dick Stuart . Gino Cimoli has caught some of the fire, and he has been a good ballplayer this year, so have Hal Smith and Rocky Nelson , who head up the supporting cast. But in all the famed Pirate rallies, and in the solid defensive play which cuts down the other team, the man in the middle always seems to be Dick Groat.

Groat gets on base, he moves the runners along, he keeps the innings alive, he comes up with the big stop and throw when it has to be made. He grows on you.

The inner Groat is one of the most amazing competitors in the world of sports, an athlete who burns with an almost frightening determination to excel. Lacking size, speed and strength, Groat has compensated with passional and has succeeded."

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