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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 25.039, 5,491st in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1925 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/RedSox 1925-1941

Final Game: September 28, 1941 (Age 41.206)
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
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1925 PHA AL 25 P 45 18 5 197.0 63 6 55 2 3 .968 2.79 1.36 .960 2.66 2.64
1926 PHA AL 26 P 45 33 20 258.0 62 6 53 3 3 .952 2.06 1.31 .957 2.66 2.63 MVP-8
1927 PHA AL 27 P 51 28 14 262.1 72 8 55 9 2 .875 2.16 1.24 .959 2.62 2.59
1928 PHA AL 28 P 39 31 24 261.2 47 6 40 1 0 .979 1.58 1.18 .957 2.44 2.42
1929 PHA AL 29 P 42 37 19 275.1 46 3 41 2 0 .957 1.44 1.05 .958 2.34 2.31
1930 PHA AL 30 P 50 32 22 291.0 61 6 53 2 1 .967 1.82 1.18 .946 2.20 2.17
1931 PHA AL 31 P 41 30 27 288.2 49 2 47 0 1 1.000 1.53 1.20 .954 2.21 2.19 MVP-1
1932 PHA AL 32 P 44 30 27 291.2 50 3 46 1 1 .980 1.51 1.11 .958 2.24 2.23 MVP-14
1933 PHA AL 33 P 45 28 21 275.1 69 9 58 2 5 .971 2.19 1.49 .960 2.28 2.27 AS,MVP-5
1934 BOS AL 34 P 22 12 5 109.1 23 3 18 2 1 .913 1.73 0.95 .956 2.14 2.11
1935 BOS AL 35 P 35 30 23 273.0 66 1 63 2 6 .970 2.11 1.83 .949 2.15 2.14 AS,MVP-14
1936 BOS AL 36 P 35 30 22 253.1 54 3 49 2 0 .963 1.85 1.49 .956 1.99 1.96 AS,MVP-15
1937 BOS AL 37 P 32 32 21 262.0 50 6 43 1 1 .980 1.68 1.53 .954 2.05 2.01 AS
1938 BOS AL 38 P 24 21 12 163.2 29 0 29 0 0 1.000 1.59 1.21 .952 2.11 2.06 AS,MVP-21
1939 BOS AL 39 P 23 23 17 191.0 24 0 21 3 2 .875 0.99 0.91 .951 1.92 1.89 AS,MVP-15
1940 BOS AL 40 P 22 21 9 153.1 38 1 34 3 0 .921 2.05 1.59 .956 2.04 2.01 1 0 0% 0
1941 BOS AL 41 P 21 21 10 134.0 22 2 17 3 0 .864 1.28 0.90 .960 2.14 2.11 6 8 57% 0
17 Seasons P 616 457 298 3940.2 825 65 722 38 26 .954 1.80 1.28 .956 2.26 2.26 7 8 53% 0
17 Seasons TOT 616 457 298 3940.2 825 65 722 38 26 .954 1.80 1.28 .956 2.26 2.26 7 8 53% 0
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1925 PHA AL 25 P
1926 PHA AL 26 P
1927 PHA AL 27 P
1928 PHA AL 28 P
1929 PHA AL 29 P
1930 PHA AL 30 P
1931 PHA AL 31 P
1932 PHA AL 32 P
1933 PHA AL 33 P
1934 BOS AL 34 P
1935 BOS AL 35 P
1936 BOS AL 36 P
1937 BOS AL 37 P
1938 BOS AL 38 P
1939 BOS AL 39 P
1940 BOS AL 40 P
1941 BOS AL 41 P
17 Seasons P
17 Seasons TOT
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1925 PHA AL 25 45 18 45 45 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1926 PHA AL 26 45 33 45 45 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1927 PHA AL 27 51 28 51 51 51 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1928 PHA AL 28 39 31 39 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1929 PHA AL 29 42 37 42 42 42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1930 PHA AL 30 50 32 50 50 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1931 PHA AL 31 41 30 41 41 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1932 PHA AL 32 44 30 44 44 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1933 PHA AL 33 45 28 45 45 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1934 BOS AL 34 22 12 22 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1935 BOS AL 35 35 30 35 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1936 BOS AL 36 35 30 35 35 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1937 BOS AL 37 32 32 32 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1938 BOS AL 38 24 21 24 24 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1939 BOS AL 39 25 23 25 23 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1940 BOS AL 40 23 21 23 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1941 BOS AL 41 21 21 21 21 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Seasons 619 457 619 616 616 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1940 BOS AL 40 80 85% 24% 4 50% 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0%
1941 BOS AL 41 355 89% 22% 13 77% 0 1 1 0 9 9 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 8 75%
2 Seasons 435 88% 22% 17 71% 0 1 1 0 11 10 0 3 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 9 67%
MLB Averages 83% 26% 91% 89%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1936 BBWAA ( 5.3%)
1945 BBWAA (11.3%)
1946 Final Ballot (23.2%)
1946 Nominating Vote (35.1%)
1947 BBWAA (76.4%)
1960 BBWAA ( 2.2%)
Selected to HOF in 1947 by BBWAA

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1926 AL (8, 19%)
1931 AL (1, 98%)
1932 AL (14, 10%)
1933 AL (5, 44%)
1935 AL (14, 10%)
1936 AL (15, 6%)
1938 AL (21, 2%)
1939 AL (15, 5%)
1 MVP
1.94 Career Shares (100th)

Def. Games as P s c a p y
1926 AL  45 (3rd)
1927 AL  51 (3rd)
1929 AL  42 (5th)
1930 AL  50 (1st)
1933 AL  45 (5th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1933 AL  58 (4th)
1935 AL  63 (3rd)
Career  722 (83rd)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1927 AL  9 (1st)
1939 AL  3 (5th)
1941 AL  3 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1931 AL  1.000 (1st)
1938 AL  1.000 (1st)

Oldest s c a p y
1937 AL  born 1900-03-06 (9th)
1938 AL  born 1900-03-06 (4th)
1939 AL  born 1900-03-06 (3rd)
1940 AL  born 1900-03-06 (1st)
1941 AL  born 1900-03-06 (1st)

                                         

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Name and misspellings: Robert Lefty Moses groove Grove

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