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Johnny Groth    \GROWTH\

John Thomas Groth

Position: Centerfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 182 lb.

Born: July 23, 1926 in Chicago, IL
High School: Latin HS (Chicago, IL)
Signed
by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1946. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 5, 1946 (Age 20.044)   vs. CLE 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1949 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/WhiteSox/Athletics/Browns/Senators 1946-1960

Final Game: July 28, 1960 (Age 34.005)   vs. WSH 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
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Career Home Runs

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Johnny Groth: 60 Career Home Runs

4 leading off, 0 walk-off, 5 tying, 14 go ahead, 12 lacking some details
5 Tms
DET34
SLB10
CHW9
KCA5
WSH2
 
vs RHP39
vs LHP21
 
Away32
Home28
 
Leverage
High Lev7
Medium Lev18
Low Lev23
8 Opps
PHA/KCA11
BOS9
BAL/SLB8
CLE7
DET7
CHW7
WSH6
NYY5
45 Pitchers
Marion Fricano3
Early Wynn3
Alex Kellner3
Ned Garver2
Leo Kiely2
Al Gettel2
Joe Dobson2
Eddie Lopat2
Bobby Shantz2
Connie Grob2
Allie Reynolds2
Bob Wiesler2
Cliff Fannin1
Bob Lemon1
Ralph Branca1
Carl Scheib1
Paul Foytack1
Billy Hoeft1
Ted Gray1
Max Surkont1
10 Parks
Tiger Stad27
Shibe Pk6
GriffithStad6
Fenway Pk5
Sprtsmn3/Busch5
ClevelandStd4
Comiskey Pk2
Munic. Stad2
Yankee Stad2
Memor. Stad1
Where Hit
733
Unk18
95
83
781
General field locations
when available.
 
1 Inside the Park
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms52
2·HR gms4
Gms w/ this # = 0
are not shown.
 
OrderPos
6th16
1st11
Unk10
7th9
5th9
8th3
3rd1
2nd1
Outs
118
017
214
Unk11
 
DefPos
CF55
RF2
LF2
PH1
Bases
---25
1--13
Unk12
-2-5
1232
--31
-231
1-31
 
105 RBI
RISP10
0 on28
1 on22
2 on7
3 on3
Any on32
Inning
16
29
37
45
55
62
712
87
96
Extra1
 
1-322
4-612
7-end26
RelScore
+4..8
+32
+25
+15
Tied7
-110
-24
-32
-4..5
Unk12
 
Ahead20
Tied7
Behind21
Unk12
Before event,
for batter

Play By Play

View Pitches · WE and WPA Explanation
1948 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1948-09-28 DET SLB Fred Sanford b 1 2 8
1949 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
2 2 1 1 1949-04-19 DET CHW Al Gettel ahead 2-1 b 5 1 --- 1 7 8 0.110 79% IPHR Inside-the-park Home Run to RF (RF Line)
3 3 2 2 1949-04-19 DET CHW Al Gettel ahead 3-1 b 7 2 --- 1 7 8 0.064 93% Home Run (Fly Ball)
4 4 3 1 1949-04-20 DET CHW Randy Gumpert behind 1-2 b 8 1 123 4 7 8 0.409 97% Home Run; Lake Scores; Evers Scores; Robinson Scores
5 5 4 1 1949-04-28 DET SLB Ned Garver b 3 4 8
6 6 5 1 1949-05-03 DET BOS Ellis Kinder behind 0-4 b 2 0 --- 1 7 8 0.072 26% Home Run
7 7 6 1 1949-05-24 DET @ BOS Mickey Harris behind 0-1 t 2 1 1-- 2 6 8 0.170 57% Home Run (Deep LF-CF); Evers Scores
8 8 7 1 1949-07-18 DET PHA Alex Kellner b 6 3 8
9 9 8 2 1949-07-18 DET PHA Carl Scheib b 7 3 8
10 10 9 1 1949-08-07 DET @ BOS Mickey McDermott ahead 3-1 t 3 1 1-- 2 5 8 0.133 83% Home Run; Wertz Scores
11 11 10 1 1949-08-09 DET CHW Max Surkont b 7 3 8
12 12 11 1 1949-08-13 DET SLB Ralph Winegarner b 7 2 8
1950 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
13 13 1 1 1950-04-21 DET CHW Mickey Haefner behind 0-1 b 7 1 --- 1 6 8 0.216 55% Home Run
14 14 2 1 1950-04-25 DET @ SLB Dick Starr t 5 1 8
15 15 3 1 1950-05-14 DET SLB Cliff Fannin b 7 2 8
16 16 4 1 1950-05-19 DET PHA Hank Wyse behind 0-1 b 2 0 --- 1 6 8 0.100 55% Home Run
17 17 5 1 1950-05-30 (2) DET CLE Gene Bearden ahead 2-0 b 6 2 --3 2 6 8 0.108 93% Home Run; Kell Scores
18 18 6 1 1950-06-02 (2) DET @ PHA Alex Kellner ahead 6-1 t 3 0 -2- 2 6 8 0.039 96% Home Run; Evers Scores
19 19 7 1 1950-07-01 DET @ CLE Early Wynn behind 3-6 t 8 1 --- 1 6 8 0.053 11% Home Run
20 20 8 1 1950-08-14 DET @ CLE Early Wynn behind 0-1 t 9 1 1-- 2 6 8 0.629 81% Home Run; Evers Scores
21 21 9 1 1950-08-15 DET @ CLE Bob Lemon tied 0-0 t 1 2 123 4 6 8 0.278 80% Home Run; Kell Scores/unER; Wertz Scores/unER; Evers Scores/unER; Groth Scores/unER
22 22 10 1 1950-08-19 DET SLB Ned Garver ahead 4-0 b 8 1 -2- 2 6 8 0.010 100% Home Run; Wertz Scores; Groth Scores/unER
23 23 11 1 1950-08-22 DET @ NYY Allie Reynolds behind 2-10 t 8 0 -23 3 6 8 0.010 2% Home Run; Wertz Scores; Evers Scores
24 24 12 1 1950-08-28 DET @ PHA Bobby Shantz behind 2-4 t 9 2 --- 1 6 8 0.027 4% Home Run
1951 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
25 25 1 1 1951-07-21 DET BOS Ray Scarborough behind 2-6 b 9 1 --- 1 6 8 0.011 2% Home Run
26 26 2 1 1951-08-04 DET @ BOS Leo Kiely behind 0-1 t 9 0 1-- 2 5 8 0.530 82% Home Run (Deep LF); Souchock Scores
27 27 3 1 1951-09-27 DET @ SLB Duke Markell t 2 1 8
1952 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
28 28 1 1 1952-05-10 DET CHW Joe Dobson behind 0-5 b 8 0 --- 1 6 8 0.020 4% Home Run
29 29 2 1 1952-06-04 DET @ PHA Bobby Shantz behind 0-2 t 4 0 1-- 2 6 8 0.191 50% Home Run; Dropo Scores
30 30 3 1 1952-07-27 (1) DET NYY Allie Reynolds b 5 3 5 8
31 31 4 1 1952-08-13 DET CHW Joe Dobson behind 0-2 b 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.101 44% Lead-Off Home Run
1953 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
32 32 1 1 1953-05-19 SLB @ BOS Hal Brown tied 0-0 t 3 2 --- 1 1 8 0.117 57% Home Run (Deep LF)
33 33 2 1 1953-05-30 (1) SLB @ DET Ted Gray tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.100 60% Lead-Off Home Run
34 34 3 1 1953-05-30 (2) SLB @ DET Bill Wight ahead 6-1 t 8 1 --- 1 1 8 0.009 99% Home Run
35 35 4 1 1953-06-07 (2) SLB NYY Whitey Ford b 1 0 1 1 8 Lead-Off
36 36 5 1 1953-07-07 SLB CLE Early Wynn behind 1-3 b 7 2 1-- 2 1 8 0.346 52% Home Run; Kryhoski Scores
37 37 6 1 1953-07-12 (2) SLB @ DET Ralph Branca tied 0-0 t 1 0 --- 1 1 8 0.100 60% Lead-Off Home Run
38 38 7 1 1953-07-30 SLB @ PHA Marion Fricano behind 0-5 t 3 0 --- 1 7 8 0.047 14% Home Run
39 39 8 1 1953-09-03 SLB NYY Eddie Lopat b 2 3 8
40 40 9 1 1953-09-07 (2) SLB @ CLE Dave Hoskins behind 0-1 t 3 2 1-- 2 1 8 0.226 58% Home Run; Paige Scores
41 41 10 1 1953-09-22 SLB @ DET Bob Miller tied 1-1 t 4 0 --- 1 5 8 0.127 63% Home Run
1954 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
42 42 1 1 1954-04-19 CHW @ DET Billy Hoeft ahead 1-0 t 2 0 --- 1 6 8 0.100 71% Home Run
43 43 2 1 1954-04-29 CHW @ NYY Eddie Lopat behind 2-3 t 4 1 1-- 2 7 8 0.242 61% Home Run; Michaels Scores
44 44 3 1 1954-06-09 CHW @ PHA Alex Kellner ahead 1-0 t 4 2 -2- 2 8 8 0.190 81% Home Run; Rivera Scores/unER; Groth Scores/unER
45 45 4 1 1954-06-15 CHW PHA Marion Fricano behind 2-3 b 2 1 --- 1 8 8 0.115 53% Home Run
46 46 5 1 1954-08-08 (2) CHW WSH Spec Shea ahead 2-0 b 8 0 --- 1 5 8 0.032 97% Home Run
47 47 6 1 1954-08-27 CHW @ PHA Marion Fricano ahead 5-0 t 3 2 1-3 3 8 7 0.062 98% Home Run; Rivera Scores; Marsh Scores
48 48 7 1 1954-09-01 (2) CHW @ BOS Mel Parnell ahead 2-0 t 4 1 1-- 2 6 9 0.137 87% Home Run; Kell Scores
1955 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
49 49 1 1 1955-05-28 CHW @ DET Ben Flowers ahead 10-3 t 7 2 --- 1 1 8 0.004 100% Home Run
50 50 2 2 1955-05-28 CHW @ DET Paul Foytack ahead 11-4 t 9 1 -2- 2 1 8 0.001 100% Home Run; Dropo Scores
51 51 3 1 1955-06-15 WSH CLE Bob Feller tied 0-0 b 2 1 --- 1 5 8 0.114 64% Home Run
52 52 4 1 1955-06-29 WSH BOS Ike Delock behind 4-7 b 9 0 --- 1 5 8 0.048 9% Home Run (Deep CF)
1956 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
53 53 1 1 1956-05-06 (2) KCA @ WSH Bob Wiesler ahead 7-1 t 7 1 1-- 2 2 8 0.011 100% Home Run; Jacobs Scores
54 54 2 1 1956-05-22 KCA WSH Bob Wiesler ahead 5-1 b 7 2 --- 1 5 9 0.018 98% Home Run
55 55 3 1 1956-06-11 (1) KCA @ WSH Connie Grob behind 0-1 t 5 1 1-- 2 7 8 0.253 62% Home Run; Ginsberg Scores
56 56 4 2 1956-06-11 (1) KCA @ WSH Connie Grob ahead 2-1 t 7 2 --- 1 7 8 0.140 79% Home Run
57 57 5 1 1956-08-22 KCA @ BAL Billy Loes ahead 5-2 t 11 2 -2- 2 3 7 0.026 99% Home Run; Power Scores
1958 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
58 58 1 1 1958-06-06 DET @ WSH Hal Griggs tied 0-0 t 2 2 1-- 2 7 8 0.210 68% Home Run; Harris Scores
59 59 2 1 1958-09-01 (2) DET @ KCA Jack Urban ahead 2-1 t 5 1 --- 1 1 8 0.123 75% Home Run
1959 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
60 60 1 1 1959-05-05 DET BOS Leo Kiely ahead 6-3 b 7 0 1-- 2 5 PH 0.036 99% Home Run; Kaline Scores

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

Much of the data on Baseball-Reference.com's Home Run Logs comes from the Tattersall/McConnell Home Run Log, a database of all homers hit in the major leagues since 1876. This project was begun in the 1940's by John C. Tattersall and was continued after Tattersall's death in 1981 by Bob McConnell, one of SABR's original 16 members. David Vincent, another SABR member, has since assumed the leadership of the project. Baseball-Reference.com has licensed this remarkable database from the Society for American Baseball Research. All credit for the data therein goes to the intrepid researchers who digitized this data from archival sources.

For years from 1914 to 2014, RetroSheet play-by-play data has been used whenever the home run occurred in a game for which we have complete play-by-play data.

There are a handful of cases where the home run logs totals do not agree with the totals on our player pages. We are working to reconcile all of those differences, but believe that in all cases the Home Run Encyclopedia is correct.