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Lefty Grove

Robert Moses Grove
last name Groves

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: March 6, 1900 in Lonaconing, MD
High School: Central HS (Lonaconing, MD) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 14, 1925 (Age 25)   vs. BOS 3.2 IP, 6 H, 0 SO, 4 BB, 4 ER
Teams (by GP): Athletics/RedSox 1925-1941

Final Game: September 28, 1941 (Age 41)   vs. PHA 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1947 (123/161 ballots).
   View Lefty Grove Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: May 22, 1975 in Norwalk, OH
Buried: Frostburg Memorial Park, Frostburg, MD
View Player Bio from the SABR BioProject
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Career Home Runs Allowed

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.

Lefty Grove: 162 Career Home Runs Allowed

1 leading off, 2 walk-off, 2 tying, 10 go ahead, 134 lacking some details
2 Tms
PHA84
BOS78
 
vs RHB102
vs LHB60
 
Home84
Away78
 
Leverage
High Lev1
Medium Lev9
Low Lev1
8 Opps
NYY41
DET37
CLE21
SLB19
WSH15
CHW14
PHA8
BOS7
87 Batters
Lou Gehrig9
Babe Ruth9
Hank Greenberg9
Charlie Gehringer5
Hal Trosky5
Bob Fothergill4
Pinky Higgins4
Tony Lazzeri4
Harry Heilmann4
Earl Sheely3
Joe Kuhel3
Bob Johnson3
Gee Walker3
Harry Rice3
Al Simmons3
Ken Keltner3
Marty McManus2
Joe Cronin2
Zeke Bonura2
Willie Kamm2
9 Parks
Shibe Pk57
Fenway Pk32
Yankee Stad22
Tiger Stad21
Sprtsmn3/Busch12
Comiskey Pk6
League Pk II6
ClevelandStd3
GriffithStad3
Where Hit
Unk152
75
93
81
781
General field locations when available.
 
5 Inside the Park
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms114
2·HR gms24
Gms w/ this # = 0 are not shown.
 
OrderPos
Unk79
4th24
5th15
6th13
1st11
2nd7
3rd6
7th5
8th2
Outs
Unk134
010
210
18
 
DefPos
1B36
LF30
2B22
CF19
3B19
RF16
C9
SS7
P3
PH1
Bases
Unk151
---5
-2-3
12-1
1--1
1-31
 
270 Runs
RISP5
0 on78
1 on64
2 on16
3 on4
Any on84
Inning
117
217
319
414
517
612
722
825
916
Extra3
 
1-353
4-643
7-end66
RelScore
+31
+17
Tied6
-14
-22
-33
-4..5
Unk134
 
Ahead8
Tied6
Behind14
Unk134
Before event, for batter

Play By Play

View Pitches · WE and WPA Explanation
1925 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1925-05-04 Aaron Ward NYY PHA behind 4-6 b 7 1 3 6 4
2 2 2 1 1925-05-18 Earl Sheely CHW PHA behind 3-5 b 9 2 2 4 3
3 3 3 1 1925-05-23 Gene Robertson SLB PHA ahead 6-5 b 8 2 2 1 5
4 4 4 1 1925-05-30 (1) Ben Paschal NYY @ PHA behind 0-6 t 8 2 3 5 7
5 5 5 2 1925-05-30 (1) Bob Meusel NYY @ PHA behind 4-9 t 9 2 3 4 9
6 6 6 1 1925-06-08 Bob Fothergill DET @ PHA t 7 1 3 7
7 7 7 1 1925-06-10 Earl Sheely CHW @ PHA tied 6-6 t 7 1 2 4 3
8 8 8 1 1925-06-26 Earl McNeely WSH @ PHA t 3 1 1 8
9 9 9 2 1925-06-26 Goose Goslin WSH @ PHA t 7 3 4 7
10 10 10 1 1925-08-20 Harry Rice SLB PHA behind 5-6 b 9 1 1 1 9
11 11 11 1 1925-09-07 (1) Joe Harris WSH @ PHA ahead 1-0 t 8 0 1 5 3
1926 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
12 12 1 1 1926-05-19 Joe Sewell CLE @ PHA t 8 3 6
13 13 2 1 1926-06-24 (1) Ossie Bluege WSH @ PHA t 1 2 6 5
14 14 3 1 1926-07-17 Harry Heilmann DET @ PHA t 2 1 9
15 15 4 1 1926-08-02 (2) Heinie Manush DET PHA b 7 1 3 8
16 16 5 1 1926-08-22 Earl Sheely CHW @ PHA t 8 1 3
17 17 6 1 1926-09-03 (2) Babe Ruth NYY @ PHA behind 0-3 t 4 1 1 4 7
1927 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
18 18 1 1 1927-05-05 Ira Flagstead BOS @ PHA t 8 2 PH
19 19 2 1 1927-07-08 Herschel Bennett SLB PHA b 9 1 2 7
20 20 3 1 1927-07-18 Bob Fothergill DET PHA b 1 3 7 IPHR
21 21 4 2 1927-07-18 Harry Heilmann DET PHA b 5 1 9
22 22 5 1 1927-07-26 (1) Bob Fothergill DET @ PHA t 1 2 7
23 23 6 1 1927-09-27 Babe Ruth NYY PHA ahead 2-1 b 6 2 4 3 9
1928 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
24 24 1 1 1928-05-28 Tony Lazzeri NYY @ PHA ahead 5-4 t 5 2 2 6 4
25 25 2 1 1928-06-07 Otis Brannan SLB PHA b 3 2 4
26 26 3 1 1928-06-21 Tony Lazzeri NYY PHA b 5 0 1 6 4
27 27 4 1 1928-07-02 (1) Ken Williams BOS @ PHA t 8 1 7
28 28 5 1 1928-07-31 Heinie Manush SLB PHA b 3 1 7
29 29 6 2 1928-07-31 George Blaeholder SLB PHA b 3 1 1
30 30 7 1 1928-08-05 Harry Heilmann DET PHA b 2 1 5 9
31 31 8 1 1928-08-07 Harry Rice DET PHA b 8 1 4 8
32 32 9 1 1928-09-11 Babe Ruth NYY PHA tied 3-3 b 8 0 2 4 9
33 33 10 1 1928-09-21 Harry Rice DET PHA behind 2-3 b 5 1 4 3 8
1929 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
34 34 1 1 1929-04-27 Lou Gehrig NYY @ PHA t 6 2 4 3
35 35 2 1 1929-05-22 Jack Rothrock BOS @ PHA t 3 2 1 8
36 36 3 1 1929-06-29 Babe Ruth NYY @ PHA t 5 2 7
37 37 4 2 1929-06-29 Babe Ruth NYY @ PHA t 7 1 7
38 38 5 1 1929-07-04 (1) Milt Gaston BOS @ PHA t 3 1 1
39 39 6 1 1929-07-08 Willie Kamm CHW PHA b 9 1 5
40 40 7 1 1929-08-10 Harry Heilmann DET PHA b 5 1 4 9
41 41 8 1 1929-09-18 (1) Red Kress SLB @ PHA t 7 2 6
1930 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
42 42 1 1 1930-04-22 Lou Gehrig NYY PHA behind 0-3 b 1 2 4 3
43 43 2 1 1930-05-09 Ed Morgan CLE @ PHA t 7 2 1 3
44 44 3 1 1930-05-21 (1) Babe Ruth NYY @ PHA t 8 1 3 7
45 45 4 1 1930-05-26 Bill Regan BOS @ PHA t 8 2 5 4
46 46 5 1 1930-07-16 Johnny Watwood CHW PHA behind 0-9 b 2 2 3 1 3 IPHR
47 47 6 1 1930-08-20 Dale Alexander DET @ PHA t 7 2 3
48 48 7 1 1930-08-25 Joe Cronin WSH @ PHA t 4 2 4 6
49 49 8 1 1930-09-04 Bobby Reeves BOS @ PHA t 10 1 5 5
1931 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
50 50 1 1 1931-04-22 Joe Cronin WSH @ PHA t 2 1 4 6
51 51 2 1 1931-05-25 (1) Ben Chapman NYY @ PHA t 2 1 5 9
52 52 3 1 1931-06-05 Lew Fonseca CHW @ PHA t 12 1 4 4
53 53 4 1 1931-06-13 (1) Red Kress SLB @ PHA t 9 1 4 5
54 54 5 1 1931-06-19 Lew Fonseca CHW PHA b 3 3 4 7
55 55 6 1 1931-06-27 Marty McManus DET PHA b 5 1 6 4
56 56 7 1 1931-08-15 Earl Averill CLE PHA b 8 1 8
57 57 8 1 1931-08-29 Lou Gehrig NYY @ PHA t 6 4 3
58 58 9 1 1931-09-18 Billy Sullivan CHW @ PHA t 1 1 2 5
59 59 10 1 1931-09-27 Lou Gehrig NYY PHA b 3 2 3
1932 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
60 60 1 1 1932-04-15 Lou Gehrig NYY @ PHA t 7 2 3
61 61 2 1 1932-04-20 Lyn Lary NYY PHA b 1 1 2 6
62 62 3 2 1932-04-20 Babe Ruth NYY PHA b 3 2 9
63 63 4 1 1932-05-05 Willie Kamm CLE @ PHA t 7 2 5
64 64 5 1 1932-05-18 Jo-Jo White DET @ PHA t 9 1 5 8
65 65 6 1 1932-06-08 Dick Porter CLE PHA b 7 1 9
66 66 7 1 1932-07-09 (1) Bob Fothergill CHW @ PHA t 6 2 4 7
67 67 8 1 1932-07-12 Ed Morgan CLE @ PHA t 9 1 5 3
68 68 9 1 1932-07-16 Charlie Gehringer DET @ PHA t 6 1 4
69 69 10 2 1932-07-16 Charlie Gehringer DET @ PHA t 8 1 4
70 70 11 1 1932-07-24 Joe Sewell NYY PHA b 3 1 5
71 71 12 1 1932-08-30 Charlie Gehringer DET @ PHA t 4 1 4
72 72 13 1 1932-09-03 Marty McManus BOS @ PHA t 4 1 2 4
1933 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
73 73 1 1 1933-04-20 Luke Sewell WSH @ PHA t 7 1 2
74 74 2 1 1933-05-06 Rick Ferrell SLB PHA b 2 1 5 2
75 75 3 1 1933-06-05 Fred Schulte WSH @ PHA t 6 2 8
76 76 4 1 1933-06-10 (1) Babe Ruth NYY @ PHA t 1 1 7
77 77 5 2 1933-06-10 (1) Babe Ruth NYY @ PHA t 3 2 7
78 78 6 1 1933-06-19 Charlie Gehringer DET PHA b 4 2 4
79 79 7 1 1933-07-15 John Stone DET @ PHA t 5 1 4 9
80 80 8 2 1933-07-15 Gee Walker DET @ PHA t 11 1 1 7
81 81 9 1 1933-07-20 Jack Burns SLB @ PHA t 1 3 3
82 82 10 1 1933-08-12 (1) Frankie Crosetti NYY @ PHA t 5 1 8 6
83 83 11 1 1933-08-15 Joe Vosmik CLE PHA b 9 2 7
84 84 12 1 1933-09-27 (1) Lou Gehrig NYY @ PHA t 8 1 3
1934 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
85 85 1 1 1934-05-23 Hal Trosky CLE BOS b 2 1 3
86 86 2 1 1934-05-28 Hank Greenberg DET BOS b 4 2 3
87 87 3 2 1934-05-28 Hank Greenberg DET BOS b 6 2 3
88 88 4 1 1934-09-01 Jimmie Foxx PHA BOS behind 6-7 b 9 1 2 4 5 Walk-Off
89 89 5 1 1934-09-05 Hal Trosky CLE BOS b 4 4 3
1935 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
90 90 1 1 1935-05-28 Ollie Bejma SLB @ BOS t 8 2 7 4
91 91 2 1 1935-06-29 (1) Pinky Higgins PHA BOS b 7 1 5 5
92 92 3 1 1935-07-04 (1) Ben Chapman NYY BOS b 1 2 8
93 93 4 2 1935-07-04 (1) Tony Lazzeri NYY BOS b 1 1 5 4
94 94 5 1 1935-08-03 Bob Johnson PHA @ BOS t 6 2 7
95 95 6 1 1935-09-05 (1) Willis Hudlin CLE @ BOS t 2 2 1
1936 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
96 96 1 1 1936-04-25 Myril Hoag NYY @ BOS t 8 2 3 8
97 97 2 1 1936-05-10 Joe Kuhel WSH BOS b 4 2 3
98 98 3 1 1936-05-31 Lou Gehrig NYY BOS b 4 1 3
99 99 4 2 1936-05-31 Joe Glenn NYY BOS b 7 1 2 IPHR
100 100 5 1 1936-06-20 Sam West SLB BOS b 3 2 8
101 101 6 2 1936-06-20 Harlond Clift SLB BOS b 3 1 2 5
102 102 7 1 1936-06-23 Al Simmons DET BOS b 1 3 6 8
103 103 8 2 1936-06-23 Al Simmons DET BOS b 3 1 6 8
104 104 9 1 1936-06-30 (1) Myril Hoag NYY BOS b 5 1 6 9
105 105 10 2 1936-06-30 (1) Lou Gehrig NYY BOS b 5 2 3
106 106 11 1 1936-07-12 Earl Averill CLE @ BOS t 9 2 8
107 107 12 1 1936-07-21 Hal Trosky CLE BOS b 3 1 4 3
108 108 13 1 1936-08-22 Lou Gehrig NYY BOS b 7 1 3
109 109 14 1 1936-09-06 (2) Tony Lazzeri NYY @ BOS t 6 2 6 4
1937 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
110 110 1 1 1937-05-15 Al Simmons WSH BOS b 8 1 5 7
111 111 2 1 1937-05-21 Hank Greenberg DET @ BOS t 7 2 3
112 112 3 1 1937-06-11 Gee Walker DET BOS b 2 2 5 9
113 113 4 1 1937-07-04 (1) Bob Johnson PHA @ BOS t 8 2 4 7
114 114 5 1 1937-08-07 Zeke Bonura CHW @ BOS t 8 2 3
115 115 6 1 1937-08-11 (1) Joe DiMaggio NYY @ BOS t 1 2 8
116 116 7 1 1937-08-15 (1) Mel Almada WSH BOS b 3 2 1 8
117 117 8 1 1937-09-21 (1) Hank Greenberg DET @ BOS t 6 2 3
118 118 9 2 1937-09-21 (1) Hank Greenberg DET @ BOS t 7 3 3
1938 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
119 119 1 1 1938-04-23 Bob Johnson PHA BOS b 2 1 4 7
120 120 2 1 1938-05-03 Hank Greenberg DET @ BOS t 2 1 3
121 121 3 2 1938-05-03 Charlie Gehringer DET @ BOS t 5 2 4
122 122 4 1 1938-05-15 Zeke Bonura WSH @ BOS t 3 2 3
123 123 5 1 1938-05-20 Buster Mills SLB BOS b 3 1 1 7
124 124 6 1 1938-06-22 Hank Greenberg DET BOS b 1 3 3
125 125 7 1 1938-06-27 Hal Trosky CLE BOS b 7 2 3
126 126 8 1 1938-07-01 Earle Brucker PHA BOS b 8 1 4 2
1939 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
127 127 1 1 1939-04-20 Bill Dickey NYY BOS b 2 1 6 2
128 128 2 1 1939-05-06 Rudy York DET BOS b 6 1 5 2
129 129 3 1 1939-06-11 (1) Joe Kuhel CHW BOS tied 5-5 b 9 2 2 3 Walk-Off
130 130 4 1 1939-07-02 (1) Joe Gordon NYY @ BOS t 6 1 4
131 131 5 1 1939-07-16 (1) Rudy York DET BOS b 5 1 5 2
132 132 6 1 1939-08-01 Ken Keltner CLE @ BOS t 9 1 5
133 133 7 1 1939-08-08 Bill Nagel PHA @ BOS t 9 2 6 4
134 134 8 1 1939-09-06 Joe DiMaggio NYY BOS b 8 1 8
1940 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
135 135 1 1 1940-04-24 Jimmy Bloodworth WSH @ BOS t 5 2 4
136 136 2 1 1940-05-01 Bob Kennedy CHW @ BOS t 1 0 1 1 5 Lead-Off
137 137 3 2 1940-05-01 Joe Kuhel CHW @ BOS t 5 3 3
138 138 4 1 1940-05-07 Hal Trosky CLE @ BOS behind 1-5 t 8 0 --- 1 4 3 4% 8% Home Run
139 139 5 2 1940-05-07 Rollie Hemsley CLE @ BOS behind 2-5 t 8 1 1-- 2 7 2 13% 21% Home Run; Keltner Scores
140 140 6 1 1940-05-20 Pinky Higgins DET BOS b 4 2 5
141 141 7 2 1940-05-20 Pinky Higgins DET BOS b 5 2 5
142 142 8 1 1940-05-30 (1) Bill Dickey NYY BOS b 2 1 2
143 143 9 1 1940-06-06 Chet Laabs SLB @ BOS t 7 1 8
144 144 10 1 1940-06-16 (1) Moose Solters CHW BOS b 5 2 7
145 145 11 1 1940-06-23 (1) Ken Keltner CLE BOS tied 1-1 b 7 0 --- 1 8 5 19% 78% Home Run
146 146 12 2 1940-06-23 (1) Ray Mack CLE BOS ahead 2-1 b 8 2 -2- 2 7 4 11% 96% IPHR Inside-the-park Home Run to LF; Chapman Scores
147 147 13 1 1940-06-30 (1) Gee Walker WSH @ BOS t 9 1 7
148 148 14 1 1940-07-14 (1) Rip Radcliff SLB @ BOS t 4 2 7
149 149 15 1 1940-07-20 Ken Keltner CLE @ BOS behind 0-1 t 2 0 -2- 2 6 5 13% 60% Home Run; Bell Scores
150 150 16 2 1940-07-20 Ray Mack CLE @ BOS ahead 2-1 t 2 0 --- 1 7 4 9% 68% Home Run (LF-CF)
151 151 17 1 1940-08-04 Hank Greenberg DET BOS b 3 2 7
152 152 18 1 1940-09-10 Hank Greenberg DET BOS b 1 3 7
153 153 19 1 1940-09-22 George Selkirk NYY BOS b 1 2 9
154 154 20 2 1940-09-22 George Selkirk NYY BOS b 8 1 9
1941 HRs #car #yr #gm Date Batter @Bat   Score Inn Out RoB R BOP Pos bWPA bWE Notes Play Description
155 155 1 1 1941-04-18 Sam Chapman PHA BOS b 4 2 8
156 156 2 1 1941-05-04 Johnny Lucadello SLB BOS b 4 1 4
157 157 3 2 1941-05-04 Roy Cullenbine SLB BOS b 9 1 7
158 158 4 1 1941-05-25 Charlie Keller NYY BOS behind 0-4 b 4 2 12- 3 7 7 24% 38% IPHR Inside-the-park Home Run to RF; Rosar Scores/unER; Gordon Scores/unER; Keller Scores/unER
159 159 5 1 1941-06-21 George McQuinn SLB @ BOS ahead 3-0 t 2 2 -2- 2 2 3 11% 87% Home Run; Lucadello Scores
160 160 6 1 1941-07-25 Lou Boudreau CLE @ BOS tied 4-4 t 7 1 --- 1 1 6 20% 66% Home Run
161 161 7 1 1941-08-02 Pinky Higgins DET @ BOS ahead 1-0 t 1 0 1-3 3 4 5 12% 82% Home Run; McCosky Scores; Campbell Scores
162 162 8 1 1941-08-09 George Archie WSH @ BOS tied 1-1 t 2 0 --- 1 6 5 10% 60% Home Run

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.