On Part 1 of Episode 86 of Above Replacement Radio, Chris & Daniel went through the life and career of Lefty Grove. They talked about his blue collar upbringing in Maryland, his long minor league career, his quick development in the MLB, his legendary World Series performances, and his continuous dominance into his late 30s.
Lefty Grove was Born on March 6 in Lonaconing, Maryland, 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. (1872–1928), the manager/owner of the minor league Baltimore Orioles, who also discovered Babe Ruth. Here is an interview that is long but worth the listen by Eugene Murdock on July 18, 1974 in Norwalk, Ohio Check out his page: https://thisdayinbaseball.com/lefty-grove-page/
Lefty Grove is one of the ten best pitchers of all time. But because of a late start to his major league career, 78 years ago this week, the A's and Red Sox legend won the last game of his career, his 300th. Mike and Bill look back at his legendary career and why it got started so late. Plus, happy birthday to Cliff Johnson and Roy McMillan!