Lefty Grove Stats

Lefty Grove was born on Tuesday, March 6, 1900, in Lonaconing, Maryland. Grove was 25 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 14, 1925, with the Philadelphia Athletics. 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 Lefty Grove baseball stats page.

"He (Lefty Grove) didn't have a curve. All he had was a fastball. Everybody knew what they were going to hit at, but they still couldn't hit him. He was fabulous." - Doc Cramer
Lefty Grove

Lefty Grove Autograph on a 1961 Fleer Baseball Card (#60)
Lefty Grove Autograph on a 1961 Fleer Baseball Card (#60)

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Birth Name:
Robert Moses Grove
Nickname:
Lefty
Born On:
03-06-1900  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Lonaconing, Maryland
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-22-1975 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Norwalk, Ohio
Cemetery:
Frostburg Memorial Park, Frostburg, Maryland Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Valley High School (Valley, MD)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
190
First Game:
04-14-1925 (Age 25)
Last Game:
09-28-1941
Draft:
Not Applicable
Lefty Grove

Lefty Grove 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
1925 25 Athletics 45 18 12 10 12 .455 4.75 5 0 1 197.0 908 207 104 120 11 131 - 116 9 5 0 -
1926 26 Athletics 45 33 9 13 13 .500 2.51 20 1 6 258.0 1,072 227 72 97 6 101 - 194 5 6 0 -
1927 27 Athletics 51 28 18 20 13 .606 3.19 14 1 9 262.1 1,106 251 93 116 6 79 - 174 5 2 1 -
1928 28 Athletics 39 31 6 24 8 .750 2.58 24 4 4 261.2 1,075 228 75 93 10 64 - 183 4 1 0 -
1929 29 Athletics 42 37 5 20 6 .769 2.81 19 2 4 275.1 1,168 278 86 104 8 81 - 170 8 3 0 -
1930 30 Athletics 50 32 17 28 5 .848 2.54 22 2 9 291.0 1,191 273 82 101 8 60 - 209 2 5 0 -
1931 31 Athletics 41 30 10 31 4 .886 2.06 27 4 5 288.2 1,160 249 66 84 10 62 - 175 2 1 0 -
1932 32 Athletics 44 30 13 25 10 .714 2.84 27 4 7 291.2 1,207 269 92 101 13 79 - 188 0 1 0 -
1933 33 Athletics 45 28 16 24 8 .750 3.20 21 2 6 275.1 1,173 280 98 113 12 83 - 114 1 4 0 -
1934 34 Red Sox 22 12 6 8 8 .500 6.50 5 0 0 109.1 506 149 79 84 5 32 - 43 1 1 0 -
1935 35 Red Sox 35 30 4 20 12 .625 2.70 23 2 1 273.0 1,137 269 82 105 6 65 - 121 2 3 0 -
1936 36 Red Sox 35 30 3 17 12 .586 2.81 22 6 2 253.1 1,049 237 79 90 14 65 - 130 0 4 0 -
1937 37 Red Sox 32 32 0 17 9 .654 3.02 21 3 0 262.0 1,127 269 88 101 9 83 - 153 5 1 0 -
1938 38 Red Sox 24 21 3 14 4 .778 3.08 12 1 1 163.2 706 169 56 65 8 52 - 99 3 1 0 -
1939 39 Red Sox 23 23 0 15 4 .789 2.54 17 2 0 191.0 798 180 54 63 8 58 - 81 0 1 0 -
1940 40 Red Sox 22 21 1 7 6 .538 3.99 9 1 0 153.1 652 159 68 73 20 50 - 62 1 1 0 -
1941 41 Red Sox 21 21 0 7 7 .500 4.37 10 0 0 134.0 598 155 65 84 8 42 - 54 3 2 0 -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
17 Years 616 457 123 300 141 .680 3.06 298 35 55 3,940.2 16,633 3,849 1,339 1,594 162 1,187 - 2,266 51 42 1 -
Lefty Grove

Lefty Grove Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1925 25 Athletics 45 65 3 8 0 0 0 0 3 1 - 26 2 - 0 - .123 .136 .123
1926 26 Athletics 45 81 6 8 1 1 0 0 6 5 - 42 9 - 0 - .099 .151 .136
1927 27 Athletics 51 80 8 10 1 0 2 0 8 8 - 30 9 - 0 - .125 .205 .213
1928 28 Athletics 39 88 10 15 2 1 1 0 6 10 - 41 5 - 1 - .170 .263 .250
1929 29 Athletics 42 102 13 22 3 0 1 0 15 6 - 33 8 - 0 - .216 .259 .275
1930 30 Athletics 50 110 11 22 3 2 2 0 17 7 - 46 4 - 0 - .200 .248 .318
1931 31 Athletics 41 115 8 23 3 0 0 0 12 3 - 48 4 - 0 - .200 .220 .226
1932 32 Athletics 44 107 10 18 1 0 4 0 12 5 - 51 4 - 0 - .168 .205 .290
1933 33 Athletics 45 105 9 9 4 0 1 0 7 4 - 43 4 - 0 - .086 .119 .152
1934 34 Red Sox 22 37 4 6 1 0 1 0 4 2 - 13 3 - 0 - .162 .205 .270
1935 35 Red Sox 35 89 5 7 1 1 1 1 5 13 - 49 6 - 0 - .079 .196 .146
1936 36 Red Sox 35 80 5 11 4 0 0 0 5 6 - 34 12 - 1 - .138 .207 .188
1937 37 Red Sox 32 91 6 13 1 0 0 0 6 12 - 39 6 - 0 - .143 .243 .154
1938 38 Red Sox 24 54 8 8 0 0 0 0 8 7 - 25 7 - 0 - .148 .246 .148
1939 39 Red Sox 25 67 3 9 0 0 1 0 5 9 - 26 9 - 0 0 .134 .237 .179
1940 40 Red Sox 23 53 4 8 0 0 1 0 2 3 - 29 5 - 0 0 .151 .196 .208
1941 41 Red Sox 21 45 6 5 2 0 0 0 0 4 - 18 6 - 0 1 .111 .184 .156
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
17 Years 619 1,369 119 202 27 5 15 1 121 105 - 593 103 - 2 1 .148 .209 .207
Lefty Grove

Lefty Grove Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1925 Athletics P 45 18 591 63 1.4 61 6 55 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.79
1926 Athletics P 45 33 774 62 1.4 59 6 53 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .952 2.06
1927 Athletics P 51 28 787 72 1.4 63 8 55 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .875 2.16
1928 Athletics P 39 31 785 47 1.2 46 6 40 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .979 1.58
1929 Athletics P 42 37 826 46 1.1 44 3 41 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .957 1.44
1930 Athletics P 50 32 873 61 1.2 59 6 53 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .967 1.82
1931 Athletics P 41 30 866 49 1.2 49 2 47 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.53
1932 Athletics P 44 30 875 50 1.1 49 3 46 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .980 1.51
1933 Athletics P 45 28 826 69 1.5 67 9 58 2 5 n/a n/a n/a .971 2.19
1934 Red Sox P 22 12 328 23 1.0 21 3 18 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .913 1.73
1935 Red Sox P 35 30 819 66 1.9 64 1 63 2 6 n/a n/a n/a .970 2.11
1936 Red Sox P 35 30 760 54 1.5 52 3 49 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .963 1.85
1937 Red Sox P 32 32 786 50 1.6 49 6 43 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .980 1.68
1938 Red Sox P 24 21 491 29 1.2 29 0 29 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.59
1939 Red Sox P 23 23 573 24 1.0 21 0 21 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .875 0.99
1940 Red Sox P 22 21 460 38 1.7 35 1 34 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .921 2.05
1941 Red Sox P 21 21 402 22 1.0 19 2 17 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .864 1.28
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
P Totals 616 457 11,822 825 1.3 787 65 722 38 26 n/a n/a n/a .954 1.80
17 Years 616 457 11,822 825 1.3 787 65 722 38 26 n/a n/a n/a .954 1.80
Lefty Grove

Lefty Grove Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1925 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.5 21.7 0.89 5.30 5.98
1926 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.9 13.5 1.92 6.77 3.52
1927 Athletics 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 40.0 2.7 10.0 2.20 5.97 2.71
1928 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 88.0 2.1 14.7 2.86 6.29 2.20
1929 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 102.0 3.1 6.8 2.10 5.56 2.65
1930 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 55.0 2.4 6.5 3.48 6.46 1.86
1931 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.4 9.6 2.82 5.46 1.93
1932 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 26.8 2.1 8.9 2.38 5.80 2.44
1933 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 105.0 2.4 15.0 1.37 3.73 2.71
1934 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 37.0 2.8 9.3 1.34 3.54 2.63
1935 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 89.0 1.8 17.8 1.86 3.99 2.14
1936 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.4 16.0 2.00 4.62 2.31
1937 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.3 15.2 1.84 5.26 2.85
1938 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.2 6.8 1.90 5.44 2.86
1939 Red Sox 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 67.0 2.6 13.4 1.40 3.82 2.73
1940 Red Sox 0 1 .000 1 0 n/a 53.0 1.8 26.5 1.24 3.64 2.93
1941 Red Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.5 0.0 1.29 3.63 2.82
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
17 Years 1 1 .500 3 0 n/a 91.3 2.3 11.3 1.91 5.18 2.71
Lefty Grove

Lefty Grove Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1925 Philadelphia Athletics n/a $6,500.00 n/a -
1926 Philadelphia Athletics n/a $6,500.00 n/a -
1927 Philadelphia Athletics n/a $8,000.00 n/a -
1928 Philadelphia Athletics n/a $9,000.00 n/a -
1929 Philadelphia Athletics n/a $12,000.00 n/a Stats
1930 Philadelphia Athletics n/a $12,000.00 n/a Stats
1931 Philadelphia Athletics 10 $20,000.00 n/a Stats
1932 Philadelphia Athletics 10 $20,000.00 n/a -
1933 Philadelphia Athletics 10 $20,000.00 Stats -
1934 Boston Red Sox 10 $45,000.00 - -
1935 Boston Red Sox 10 $10,000.00 Stats -
1936 Boston Red Sox 10 $17,500.00 Stats -
1937 Boston Red Sox 10 $19,000.00 Stats -
1938 Boston Red Sox 10 $15,000.00 Stats -
1939 Boston Red Sox 10 $5,000.00 Stats -
1940 Boston Red Sox 10 $15,000.00 - -
1941 Boston Red Sox 10 $10,000.00 - -


Robert Moses Grove was a Major League Baseball player who pitched with the Philadelphia Athletics (1925-1933) and Boston Red Sox (1934-1941). Lefty, his nickname made his big league debut on April 14, 1925 , along with another future hall of fame teammate - do you know who it was? [ Answer ]
Lefty Grove Baseball Card
Lefty Grove | 2002 Fleer Rival Factions Baseball Card (#30RF) | Baseball Almanac Collection

The back of the baseball card (above) includes the following text:

Lefty Grove : Setting the standard by which all future Philadelphia southpaws would be judged, Grove was a nine-time ERA champ, who also compiled seven strikeout crowns and 2266 K's, 1,523 while in Philly. He retired in 1941 as the greatest left-hander to ever play the game.

Steve Carlton : That distinction now belongs to Carlton , who won four Cy Young Awards and chalked up 329 career wins, second all-time among lefties to Warren Spahn . Steve racked up five strikeout crowns and 4,136 strikeouts, 3031 coming as a Phillie.

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Did you know that Lefty Grove is the first pitcher in Major League history to strike out the side on exactly nine pitches twice during the same season? [ Immaculate Innings ] Let's take a look at some additional numbers of interest for Lefty Grove, who some said, "could throw a lamb chop past a wolf."

2 : Lefty Grove led the American League (AL) in wins, strikeouts, and ERA, in 1930 - winning the Triple Crown . A year later ( 1931 ), he did it again, the first junior circuit pitcher to put together back-to-back Triple Crown seasons!

3 : Lefty Grove led the AL in complete games three times ( 1931 , 1932, 1933), shutouts three times ( 1931 , 1932, 1936), and won 25-or-more games three times (1930, 1931 , 1932).

4 : Lefty Grove led the AL in wins four times (1928, 1930, 1931 , 1933). During that time frame, Lefty had the second most wins (20) in 1927, third most wins (20) in 1929, second most wins (25) in 1932, and the fourth most wins (20) in 1935.

7 : Lefty Grove was not just a seven-time strikeout champion , he did them all in consecutive seasons! The AL strikeout leader from 1925, through 1931, the second longest streak in Major League history! Do you know who had 8-in-a-row? [ Answer ]

9 : Lefty Grove was a nine-time ERA Champion (1926, 1929, 1930, 1931 , 1932, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939), the most times leading any league in earned run average by any pitcher in baseball history!

In 1931 , Lefty Grove dominated the league, finishing with the most wins (31), the most complete games (27), the most shutouts (4), the most strikeouts (175), the best earned run average (2.06 ERA), and the best winning percentage (.886 / he only lost 4 games). The Baseball Writers' Association of America started awarding the Most Valuable Player Award in 1931, and Grove was the first player (pitcher) to receive it in the American League!
Lefty Grove Hall of Fame Plaque
Lefty Grove | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1947 ( HOF )

Last-Modified: May 22, 2019 6:02 AM EST

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