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Henry Knight Groh

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 158 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Heinie Groh had a long career and was on five World Series teams. He played on the Cincinnati Reds team that won the tainted 1919 World Series, was on the great New York Giants teams that went to the Series in 1922-24, and finished out his career with one appearance in the 1927 World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Yankees, who won 4-0.

He led the league twice in on-base percentage, once in runs scored, once in hits, twice in doubles, once in walks and twice in hit-by-pitch. He was often a lead-off man. He had a lifetime batting average of .292, split half between the dead-ball era and half in the lively ball era.

He held out for a pay raise at the beginning of the 1921 season and refused to play. As a result, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned him. Landis would approve Groh's reinstatement only "on the express condition that Groh joins the Cincinnati team immediately and remains with it throughout the 1921 season." Groh was back in the Reds lineup two days later.

He was famous for using the "bottle" bat - a bat with a very thin handle but a thick barrel.

Groh managed the 1928 Charlotte Hornets, 1929 Hartford Senators, 1930 Canton Terriers and 1931-1932 Binghamton Triplets.

Groh was a scout for the New York Giants (1934-1940), Brooklyn Dodgers (1941-1942), and Philadelphia Phillies (1946-1953).

He was the brother of Lew Groh. Late in life, Groh worked part-time as a cashier at a race track.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time NL On-Base Percentage Leader (1917 & 1918)
  • NL OPS Leader (1919)
  • NL Runs Scored Leader (1918)
  • NL Hits Leader (1917)
  • 2-time NL Doubles Leader (1917 & 1918)
  • NL Bases on Balls Leader (1916)
  • Won two World Series with the Cincinnati Reds (1919) and the New York Giants (1922)


Preceded by
Christy Mathewson
Cincinnati Reds Manager
1918
Succeeded by
Pat Moran

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