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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

Last 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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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 25, 2014 1:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #2. Pete Alexander… #3. Cy Young… #4. Greg Maddux… #5. LEFTY GROVE… #6. Christy Mathewson… #7. Kid Nichols… #8. Randy Johnson… 

Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1925 25 PHA AL 10 12 .455 4.75 45 18 12 5 0 1 197.0 207 120 104 11 131 116 5 0 9 908 98 4.73 1.716 9.5 0.5 6.0 5.3 0.89
1926 26 PHA AL 13 13 .500 2.51 45 33 9 20 1 6 258.0 227 97 72 6 101 194 6 0 5 1072 165 2.96 1.271 7.9 0.2 3.5 6.8 1.92 MVP-8
1927 27 PHA AL 20 13 .606 3.19 51 28 18 14 1 9 262.1 251 116 93 6 79 174 2 1 5 1106 132 2.92 1.258 8.6 0.2 2.7 6.0 2.20
1928 28 PHA AL 24 8 .750 2.58 39 31 6 24 4 3 261.2 228 93 75 10 64 183 1 0 4 1064 155 2.75 1.116 7.8 0.3 2.2 6.3 2.86
1929 29 PHA AL 20 6 .769 2.81 42 37 5 19 2 4 275.1 278 104 86 8 81 170 3 0 8 1168 149 3.22 1.304 9.1 0.3 2.6 5.6 2.10
1930 30 PHA AL 28 5 .848 2.54 50 32 17 22 2 9 291.0 273 101 82 8 60 209 5 0 2 1191 185 3.09 1.144 8.4 0.2 1.9 6.5 3.48
1931 31 PHA AL 31 4 .886 2.06 41 30 10 27 4 5 288.2 249 84 66 10 62 175 1 0 2 1160 217 3.01 1.077 7.8 0.3 1.9 5.5 2.82 MVP-1
1932 32 PHA AL 25 10 .714 2.84 44 30 13 27 4 7 291.2 269 101 92 13 79 188 1 0 0 1207 160 3.13 1.193 8.3 0.4 2.4 5.8 2.38 MVP-14
1933 ★ 33 PHA AL 24 8 .750 3.20 45 28 16 21 2 6 275.1 280 113 98 12 83 114 4 0 1 1173 134 3.48 1.318 9.2 0.4 2.7 3.7 1.37 AS,MVP-5
1934 34 BOS AL 8 8 .500 6.50 22 12 6 5 0 0 109.1 149 84 79 5 32 43 1 0 1 506 73 3.83 1.655 12.3 0.4 2.6 3.5 1.34
1935 ★ 35 BOS AL 20 12 .625 2.70 35 30 4 23 2 1 273.0 269 105 82 6 65 121 3 0 2 1137 175 3.20 1.223 8.9 0.2 2.1 4.0 1.86 AS,MVP-14
1936 ★ 36 BOS AL 17 12 .586 2.81 35 30 3 22 6 2 253.1 237 90 79 14 65 130 4 0 0 1049 189 3.77 1.192 8.4 0.5 2.3 4.6 2.00 AS,MVP-15
1937 ★ 37 BOS AL 17 9 .654 3.02 32 32 0 21 3 0 262.0 269 101 88 9 83 153 1 0 5 1127 159 3.28 1.344 9.2 0.3 2.9 5.3 1.84 AS
1938 ★ 38 BOS AL 14 4 .778 3.08 24 21 3 12 1 1 163.2 169 65 56 8 52 99 1 0 3 706 160 3.32 1.350 9.3 0.4 2.9 5.4 1.90 AS,MVP-21
1939 ★ 39 BOS AL 15 4 .789 2.54 23 23 0 17 2 0 191.0 180 63 54 8 58 81 1 0 0 798 185 3.60 1.246 8.5 0.4 2.7 3.8 1.40 AS,MVP-15
1940 40 BOS AL 7 6 .538 3.99 22 21 1 9 1 0 153.1 159 73 68 20 50 62 1 0 1 652 112 4.72 1.363 9.3 1.2 2.9 3.6 1.24
1941 41 BOS AL 7 7 .500 4.37 21 21 0 10 0 0 134.0 155 84 65 8 42 54 2 0 3 598 95 3.62 1.470 10.4 0.5 2.8 3.6 1.29
17 Yrs 300 141 .680 3.06 616 457 123 298 35 54 3940.2 3849 1594 1339 162 1187 2266 42 1 51 16622 148 3.36 1.278 8.8 0.4 2.7 5.2 1.91
162 Game Avg. 19 9 .680 3.06 39 29 8 19 2 3 250 244 101 85 10 75 144 3 0 3 1053 148 3.36 1.278 8.8 0.4 2.7 5.2 1.91
W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
PHA (9 yrs) 195 79 .712 2.88 402 267 106 179 20 50 2401.0 2262 929 768 84 740 1523 28 1 36 10049 151 3.21 1.250 8.5 0.3 2.8 5.7 2.06
BOS (8 yrs) 105 62 .629 3.34 214 190 17 119 15 4 1539.2 1587 665 571 78 447 743 14 0 15 6573 143 3.60 1.321 9.3 0.5 2.6 4.3 1.66
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1925 25 PHA AL 197.0 45 18 120 5.48 5.35 0.06 0.00 105.6 5.59 1 0.1 1.0 -0.1 2.1 26 .503 .501 $6,500
1926 26 PHA AL 257.0 45 33 97 3.40 4.86 0.05 0.00 104.8 5.04 46 4.9 1.0 -0.1 7.4 75 .609 .530 $6,500 MVP-8
1927 27 PHA AL 262.1 51 28 116 3.98 4.87 0.00 0.00 102.1 4.97 28 2.8 1.0 -0.1 5.4 59 .555 .517 $8,000
1928 28 PHA AL 261.2 39 31 93 3.20 4.76 0.07 0.00 98.6 4.62 41 4.3 1.0 -0.1 6.9 70 .611 .527 $9,000
1929 29 PHA AL 275.0 42 37 104 3.40 4.85 0.07 0.00 100.6 4.81 43 4.4 1.0 -0.1 7.1 75 .604 .527 $12,000
1930 30 PHA AL 291.0 50 32 101 3.12 5.22 0.08 0.00 101.9 5.24 67 6.6 1.0 -0.2 9.5 105 .631 .541 $12,000
1931 31 PHA AL 288.2 41 30 84 2.62 5.01 0.33 0.00 103.8 4.86 70 7.3 1.0 -0.1 10.1 106 .677 .545 $20,000 MVP-1
1932 32 PHA AL 291.2 44 30 101 3.12 5.11 0.17 0.00 101.6 5.02 61 6.2 1.0 -0.1 9.0 97 .641 .538 $20,000 MVP-14
1933 ★ 33 PHA AL 275.1 45 28 113 3.69 4.88 -0.38 0.00 101.9 5.36 49 5.0 1.0 -0.1 7.7 83 .611 .531 $20,000 AS,MVP-5
1934 34 BOS AL 109.1 22 12 84 6.91 5.15 -0.22 0.00 105.3 5.66 -16 -1.4 1.0 -0.1 -0.3 -2 .436 .491 $45,000
1935 ★ 35 BOS AL 273.0 35 30 105 3.46 5.28 -0.06 0.00 105.4 5.63 66 6.9 1.0 -0.2 9.5 98 .698 .543 $10,000 AS,MVP-14
1936 ★ 36 BOS AL 253.1 35 30 90 3.20 6.14 -0.02 0.00 104.5 6.44 89 8.7 1.0 -0.2 11.1 123 .749 .554 $17,500 AS,MVP-15
1937 ★ 37 BOS AL 262.0 32 32 101 3.47 5.51 -0.25 0.00 102.0 5.88 70 7.2 -0.2 9.6 101 .726 .545 $19,000 AS
1938 ★ 38 BOS AL 163.2 24 21 65 3.57 5.47 0.01 0.00 104.2 5.69 37 3.6 1.0 -0.1 5.1 58 .650 .522 $15,000 AS,MVP-21
1939 ★ 39 BOS AL 191.0 23 23 63 2.97 5.33 -0.11 0.00 100.2 5.45 51 5.3 -0.1 7.0 75 .730 .533 $5,000 AS,MVP-15
1940 40 BOS AL 153.1 22 21 73 4.28 4.95 -0.20 0.00 101.1 5.21 15 1.5 1.0 -0.1 2.8 32 .567 .509 $15,000
1941 41 BOS AL 134.0 21 21 84 5.64 4.57 -0.13 0.00 103.1 4.84 -13 -1.2 -0.1 -0.0 1 .442 .493 $10,000
17 Seasons 3939.1 616 457 1594 3.64 5.14 -0.01 0.00 102.6 5.29 704 72.2 1.0 -2.1 109.9 1184 .617 .528 $250,500
Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
PHA (9 yrs) 2399.2 402 267 929 3.48 4.99 0.05 0.00 102.2 5.04 405 41.5 1.0 -1.2 65.2 697 .603 .528 $114,000
BOS (8 yrs) 1539.2 214 190 665 3.89 5.38 -0.12 0.00 103.3 5.68 299 30.6 1.0 -1.0 44.7 486 .643 .528 $136,500

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1929 ❍ 29 PHA AL WS W CHC 0 0 0.00 2 0 2 0 0 1 6.1 3 0 0 0 1 0 10 0 0 0 22 0.632 4.3 0.0 1.4 14.2 10.00
1930 ❍ 30 PHA AL WS W STL 2 1 .667 1.42 3 2 1 2 0 0 19.0 15 5 3 0 3 0 10 0 0 0 76 0.947 7.1 0.0 1.4 4.7 3.33
1931 31 PHA AL WS L STL 2 1 .667 2.42 3 3 0 2 0 0 26.0 28 7 7 0 2 0 16 0 0 0 107 1.154 9.7 0.0 0.7 5.5 8.00
3 Yrs (3 Series) 4 2 .667 1.75 8 5 3 4 0 1 51.1 46 12 10 0 6 0 36 0 0 0 205 1.013 8.1 0.0 1.1 6.3 6.00
3 WS 4 2 .667 1.75 8 5 3 4 0 1 51.1 46 12 10 0 6 0 36 0 0 0 205 1.013 8.1 0.0 1.1 6.3 6.00

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1925 25 PHA AL 45 68 65 3 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 26 .123 .136 .123 .259 -36 8 0 2 1
1926 26 PHA AL 45 95 81 6 8 1 1 0 6 0 0 5 42 .099 .151 .136 .287 -26 11 0 9 1 MVP-8
1927 27 PHA AL 51 97 80 8 10 1 0 2 8 1 0 8 30 .125 .205 .213 .417 6 17 0 9 1
1928 28 PHA AL 39 104 88 10 15 2 1 1 6 0 0 10 41 .170 .263 .250 .513 34 22 1 5 1
1929 29 PHA AL 42 116 102 13 22 3 0 1 15 0 0 6 33 .216 .259 .275 .534 35 28 0 8 1
1930 30 PHA AL 50 121 110 11 22 3 2 2 17 0 0 7 46 .200 .248 .318 .566 39 35 0 4 1
1931 31 PHA AL 41 122 115 8 23 3 0 0 12 0 0 3 48 .200 .220 .226 .446 15 26 0 4 1 MVP-1
1932 32 PHA AL 44 116 107 10 18 1 0 4 12 0 0 5 51 .168 .205 .290 .495 25 31 0 4 1 MVP-14
1933 ★ 33 PHA AL 45 113 105 9 9 4 0 1 7 0 0 4 43 .086 .119 .152 .272 -28 16 0 4 1 AS,MVP-5
1934 34 BOS AL 22 42 37 4 6 1 0 1 4 0 0 2 13 .162 .205 .270 .475 20 10 0 3 1
1935 ★ 35 BOS AL 35 107 89 5 7 1 1 1 5 0 0 13 49 .079 .196 .146 .342 -12 13 0 6 1 AS,MVP-14
1936 ★ 36 BOS AL 35 99 80 5 11 4 0 0 5 0 0 6 34 .138 .207 .188 .394 -4 15 1 12 1 AS,MVP-15
1937 ★ 37 BOS AL 32 108 91 6 13 1 0 0 6 0 0 12 39 .143 .243 .154 .397 0 14 0 6 1 AS
1938 ★ 38 BOS AL 24 68 54 8 8 0 0 0 8 0 0 7 25 .148 .246 .148 .394 -1 8 0 7 1 AS,MVP-21
1939 ★ 39 BOS AL 25 85 67 3 9 0 0 1 5 0 0 9 26 .134 .237 .179 .416 6 12 0 0 9 1 AS,MVP-15
1940 40 BOS AL 23 61 53 4 8 0 0 1 2 0 1 3 29 .151 .196 .208 .404 3 11 0 0 5 1
1941 41 BOS AL 21 55 45 6 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 18 .111 .184 .156 .339 -10 7 1 0 6 1
17 Yrs 619 1577 1369 119 202 27 5 15 121 1 1 105 593 .148 .209 .207 .417 6 284 1 2 103
162 Game Avg. 162 413 358 31 53 7 1 4 32 0 0 27 155 .148 .209 .207 .417 6 74 1 27
G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
PHA (9 yrs) 402 952 853 78 135 18 4 11 86 1 0 49 360 .158 .205 .227 .432 10 194 1 49
BOS (8 yrs) 217 625 516 41 67 9 1 4 35 0 1 56 233 .130 .216 .174 .391 -1 90 1 1 54

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1925 25 PHA AL 45 68 -15 0 0 0 7 -8 -0.8 0 -8 -0.8 .483 .495 -0.8 0.0 -8 $6,500 1
1926 26 PHA AL 45 95 -18 0 0 0 9 -9 -0.9 0 -9 -0.9 .480 .494 -0.9 0.0 -9 $6,500 1 MVP-8
1927 27 PHA AL 51 97 -14 0 0 0 10 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .492 .498 -0.4 0.0 -4 $8,000 1
1928 28 PHA AL 39 104 -10 0 0 0 11 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .502 .500 0.1 0.0 1 $9,000 1
1929 29 PHA AL 42 116 -12 0 0 0 13 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 $12,000 1
1930 30 PHA AL 50 121 -13 0 0 0 13 -0 -0.0 0 -0 -0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 $12,000 1
1931 31 PHA AL 41 122 -17 0 0 0 13 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .490 .498 -0.4 0.0 -4 $20,000 1 MVP-1
1932 32 PHA AL 44 116 -15 0 0 0 12 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .495 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $20,000 1 MVP-14
1933 ★ 33 PHA AL 45 113 -22 0 0 0 11 -10 -1.0 0 -10 -1.0 .477 .494 -1.0 0.0 -10 $20,000 1 AS,MVP-5
1934 34 BOS AL 22 42 -6 0 0 0 5 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .497 .500 -0.1 0.0 -1 $45,000 1
1935 ★ 35 BOS AL 35 107 -18 0 0 0 11 -7 -0.7 0 -7 -0.7 .480 .496 -0.7 -0.0 -7 $10,000 1 AS,MVP-14
1936 ★ 36 BOS AL 35 99 -18 0 0 0 11 -6 -0.6 0 -6 -0.6 .484 .497 -0.5 0.0 -6 $17,500 1 AS,MVP-15
1937 ★ 37 BOS AL 32 108 -16 0 0 0 12 -4 -0.4 0 -4 -0.4 .487 .497 -0.4 0.0 -4 $19,000 1 AS
1938 ★ 38 BOS AL 24 68 -11 0 0 0 8 -3 -0.2 0 -3 -0.2 .489 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 $15,000 1 AS,MVP-21
1939 ★ 39 BOS AL 25 85 -12 0 0 0 9 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .491 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 $5,000 1 AS,MVP-15
1940 40 BOS AL 23 61 -9 -0 0 0 7 -3 -0.3 0 -3 -0.3 .487 .498 -0.3 0.0 -3 $15,000 1
1941 41 BOS AL 21 55 -9 0 0 0 6 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .488 .498 -0.2 0.0 -2 $10,000 1
17 Seasons 619 1577 -235 2 0 0 167 -66 -6.3 0 -66 -6.3 .490 .498 -6.3 0.0 -66 $250,500
Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
PHA (9 yrs) 402 952 -137 2 0 0 99 -36 -3.5 0 -36 -3.5 .491 .498 -3.5 0.0 -36 $114,000
BOS (8 yrs) 217 625 -98 0 0 0 69 -29 -2.8 0 -29 -2.8 .487 .498 -2.8 0.0 -29 $136,500

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1929 ❍ 29 PHA AL WS CHC W 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
1930 ❍ 30 PHA AL WS STL W 3 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
1931 31 PHA AL WS STL L 3 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
3 Yrs (3 Series) 8 18 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
3 WS 8 18 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0

Standard Fielding

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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

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)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1926 AL  6.5 (5th)
1928 AL  7.0 (6th)
1929 AL  7.2 (7th)
1930 AL  9.4 (3rd)
1931 AL  9.7 (2nd)
1932 AL  8.8 (2nd)
1933 AL  6.7 (6th)
1935 AL  8.8 (2nd)
1936 AL  10.5 (1st)
1937 AL  9.2 (2nd)
1939 AL  6.8 (5th)
Career  103.6 (27th)

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1926 AL  7.4 (2nd)
1927 AL  5.4 (5th)
1928 AL  6.9 (1st)
1929 AL  7.1 (2nd)
1930 AL  9.5 (1st)
1931 AL  10.1 (1st)
1932 AL  9.0 (1st)
1933 AL  7.7 (1st)
1935 AL  9.5 (1st)
1936 AL  11.1 (1st)
1937 AL  9.6 (1st)
1938 AL  5.1 (5th)
1939 AL  7.0 (3rd)
Career  109.9 (6th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1926 AL  2.51 (1st)
1927 AL  3.19 (9th)
1928 AL  2.58 (3rd)
1929 AL  2.81 (1st)
1930 AL  2.54 (1st)
1931 AL  2.06 (1st)
1932 AL  2.84 (1st)
1933 AL  3.20 (4th)
1935 AL  2.70 (1st)
1936 AL  2.81 (1st)
1937 AL  3.02 (5th)
1938 AL  3.08 (1st)
1939 AL  2.54 (1st)
Career  3.06 (182nd)

Wins s c a p y
1927 AL  20 (3rd)
1928 AL  24 (1st)
1929 AL  20 (3rd)
1930 AL  28 (1st)
1931 AL  31 (1st)
1932 AL  25 (2nd)
1933 AL  24 (1st)
1935 AL  20 (4th)
1936 AL  17 (9th)
1937 AL  17 (4th)
1939 AL  15 (6th)
Career  300 (23rd)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1928 AL  .750 (3rd)
1929 AL  .769 (1st)
1930 AL  .848 (1st)
1931 AL  .886 (1st)
1932 AL  .714 (4th)
1933 AL  .750 (1st)
1935 AL  .625 (9th)
1937 AL  .654 (7th)
1938 AL  .778 (1st)
1939 AL  .789 (2nd)
Career  .680 (8th)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
1926 AL  1.271 (2nd)
1927 AL  1.258 (9th)
1928 AL  1.116 (2nd)
1929 AL  1.304 (4th)
1930 AL  1.144 (1st)
1931 AL  1.077 (1st)
1932 AL  1.193 (1st)
1933 AL  1.318 (7th)
1935 AL  1.223 (1st)
1936 AL  1.192 (1st)
1937 AL  1.344 (7th)
1938 AL  1.350 (7th)
1939 AL  1.246 (5th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1926 AL  7.919 (1st)
1927 AL  8.611 (9th)
1928 AL  7.842 (2nd)
1929 AL  9.087 (7th)
1930 AL  8.443 (2nd)
1931 AL  7.763 (3rd)
1932 AL  8.301 (4th)
1935 AL  8.868 (5th)
1936 AL  8.420 (2nd)
1939 AL  8.482 (10th)

Bases On Balls per 9 IP s c a p y
1928 AL  2.201 (9th)
1930 AL  1.856 (3rd)
1931 AL  1.933 (3rd)
1932 AL  2.438 (5th)
1933 AL  2.713 (7th)
1935 AL  2.143 (2nd)
1936 AL  2.309 (2nd)
1937 AL  2.851 (8th)
1938 AL  2.860 (8th)
1939 AL  2.733 (5th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1925 AL  5.300 (1st)
1926 AL  6.767 (1st)
1927 AL  5.970 (1st)
1928 AL  6.294 (2nd)
1929 AL  5.557 (1st)
1930 AL  6.464 (1st)
1931 AL  5.456 (4th)
1932 AL  5.801 (3rd)
1935 AL  3.989 (8th)
1936 AL  4.618 (6th)
1937 AL  5.256 (4th)
1938 AL  5.444 (4th)

Games Played s c a p y
1925 AL  45 (8th)
1926 AL  45 (3rd)
1927 AL  51 (3rd)
1928 AL  39 (9th)
1929 AL  42 (5th)
1930 AL  50 (1st)
1932 AL  44 (8th)
1933 AL  45 (5th)
Career  616 (186th)

Saves s c a p y
1926 AL  6 (4th)
1927 AL  9 (3rd)
1928 AL  3 (9th)
1929 AL  4 (5th)
1930 AL  9 (1st)
1931 AL  5 (6th)
1932 AL  7 (3rd)
1933 AL  6 (4th)

Innings Pitched s c a p y
1926 AL  258.0 (6th)
1927 AL  262.3 (4th)
1928 AL  261.7 (6th)
1929 AL  275.3 (3rd)
1930 AL  291.0 (4th)
1931 AL  288.7 (2nd)
1932 AL  291.7 (2nd)
1933 AL  275.3 (3rd)
1935 AL  273.0 (6th)
1936 AL  253.3 (6th)
1937 AL  262.0 (5th)
Career  3,940.7 (44th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1925 AL  116 (1st)
1926 AL  194 (1st)
1927 AL  174 (1st)
1928 AL  183 (1st)
1929 AL  170 (1st)
1930 AL  209 (1st)
1931 AL  175 (1st)
1932 AL  188 (2nd)
1933 AL  114 (6th)
1935 AL  121 (4th)
1936 AL  130 (4th)
1937 AL  153 (3rd)
Career  2,266 (50th)

Games Started s c a p y
1926 AL  33 (4th)
1928 AL  31 (4th)
1929 AL  37 (1st)
1930 AL  32 (10th)
1935 AL  30 (8th)
1937 AL  32 (6th)
Career  457 (78th)

Complete Games s c a p y
1926 AL  20 (4th)
1927 AL  14 (9th)
1928 AL  24 (2nd)
1929 AL  19 (8th)
1930 AL  22 (5th)
1931 AL  27 (1st)
1932 AL  27 (1st)
1933 AL  21 (1st)
1935 AL  23 (2nd)
1936 AL  22 (5th)
1937 AL  21 (4th)
1939 AL  17 (5th)
Career  298 (42nd)

Shutouts s c a p y
1928 AL  4 (2nd)
1929 AL  2 (10th)
1930 AL  2 (4th)
1931 AL  4 (1st)
1932 AL  4 (1st)
1933 AL  2 (4th)
1935 AL  2 (9th)
1936 AL  6 (1st)
1937 AL  3 (6th)
1939 AL  2 (4th)
Career  35 (71st)

Home Runs s c a p y
1940 AL  20 (5th)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1925 AL  131 (1st)
1926 AL  101 (4th)
Career  1,187 (56th)

Hits s c a p y
1929 AL  278 (5th)
1930 AL  273 (8th)
1932 AL  269 (7th)
1933 AL  280 (4th)
1935 AL  269 (7th)
1937 AL  269 (3rd)
Career  3,849 (47th)

Strikeouts / Base On Balls s c a p y
1926 AL  1.921 (1st)
1927 AL  2.203 (2nd)
1928 AL  2.859 (1st)
1929 AL  2.099 (1st)
1930 AL  3.483 (1st)
1931 AL  2.823 (1st)
1932 AL  2.380 (1st)
1933 AL  1.374 (4th)
1935 AL  1.862 (3rd)
1936 AL  2.000 (1st)
1937 AL  1.843 (4th)
1938 AL  1.904 (1st)
1939 AL  1.397 (8th)

Home Runs per 9 IP s c a p y
1926 AL  0.209 (9th)
1927 AL  0.206 (9th)
1929 AL  0.262 (4th)
1930 AL  0.247 (3rd)
1931 AL  0.312 (7th)
1932 AL  0.401 (6th)
1935 AL  0.198 (2nd)
1937 AL  0.309 (2nd)
1938 AL  0.440 (5th)
1939 AL  0.377 (4th)

Losses s c a p y
Career  141 (202nd)

Earned Runs s c a p y
Career  1,339 (70th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1925 AL  9 (1st)
1926 AL  5 (7th)
1927 AL  5 (8th)
1928 AL  4 (7th)
1929 AL  8 (3rd)
1937 AL  5 (8th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1926 AL  6 (7th)
1930 AL  5 (6th)
1933 AL  4 (6th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1926 AL  1,072 (8th)
1927 AL  1,106 (5th)
1928 AL  1,064 (8th)
1929 AL  1,168 (3rd)
1930 AL  1,191 (4th)
1931 AL  1,160 (5th)
1932 AL  1,207 (3rd)
1933 AL  1,173 (3rd)
1935 AL  1,137 (6th)
1936 AL  1,049 (6th)
1937 AL  1,127 (5th)
Career  16,622 (43rd)

Games Finished s c a p y
1927 AL  18 (6th)
1930 AL  17 (9th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
1926 AL  165 (1st)
1927 AL  132 (8th)
1928 AL  155 (2nd)
1929 AL  149 (1st)
1930 AL  185 (1st)
1931 AL  217 (1st)
1932 AL  160 (1st)
1933 AL  134 (3rd)
1935 AL  175 (1st)
1936 AL  189 (1st)
1937 AL  159 (4th)
1938 AL  160 (1st)
1939 AL  185 (1st)
Career  148 (5th)

Fielding Independent Pitching s c a p y
1926 AL  2.96 (1st)
1927 AL  2.92 (2nd)
1928 AL  2.75 (1st)
1929 AL  3.22 (1st)
1930 AL  3.09 (1st)
1931 AL  3.01 (1st)
1932 AL  3.13 (1st)
1933 AL  3.48 (2nd)
1935 AL  3.20 (1st)
1936 AL  3.77 (2nd)
1937 AL  3.28 (2nd)
1938 AL  3.32 (1st)
1939 AL  3.60 (4th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
1926 AL  41 (2nd)
1927 AL  28 (6th)
1928 AL  40 (1st)
1929 AL  42 (1st)
1930 AL  68 (1st)
1931 AL  74 (1st)
1932 AL  57 (1st)
1933 AL  34 (2nd)
1935 AL  54 (1st)
1936 AL  67 (1st)
1937 AL  50 (2nd)
1938 AL  33 (3rd)
1939 AL  45 (2nd)
Career  618 (4th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
1926 AL  4.2 (2nd)
1927 AL  2.7 (6th)
1928 AL  4.1 (1st)
1929 AL  4.2 (1st)
1930 AL  6.5 (1st)
1931 AL  7.5 (1st)
1932 AL  5.7 (1st)
1933 AL  3.3 (2nd)
1935 AL  5.4 (1st)
1936 AL  6.5 (1st)
1937 AL  5.0 (2nd)
1938 AL  3.2 (2nd)
1939 AL  4.6 (2nd)
Career  61.7 (4th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1926 AL  42 (10th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1936 AL  12 (5th)

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)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 111 (3), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 319 (8), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 232 (15), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 62 (14), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (8th), 103.6 career WAR/63.6 7yr-peak WAR/83.6 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Salaries

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Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1925 25 Philadelphia Athletics $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1926 26 Philadelphia Athletics $6,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1927 27 Philadelphia Athletics $8,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1928 28 Philadelphia Athletics $9,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1929 29 Philadelphia Athletics $12,000* ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts 1/30/30 TSN:20000.00,
1930 30 Philadelphia Athletics $12,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1931 31 Philadelphia Athletics $20,000* ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts Bill James Historical Abstract:31000.00,$20,000 base plus $1,000 for 11 wins over 20
1932 32 Philadelphia Athletics $20,000* ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts 3/10/32 TSN:25000.00,2 years at $25,000 per
1933 33 Philadelphia Athletics $20,000* ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts 3/10/32 TSN:25000.00,2 years at $25,000 per
1934 34 Boston Red Sox $45,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1935 35 Boston Red Sox $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1936 36 Boston Red Sox $17,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1937 37 Boston Red Sox $19,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1938 38 Boston Red Sox $15,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1939 39 Boston Red Sox $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1940 40 Boston Red Sox $15,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1941 41 Boston Red Sox $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$250,500
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

Name + "Statistics" Translations



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German: Lefty Grove Statistik
Spanish: Lefty Grove Estadísticas
French: Lefty Grove statistiques
Japanese: レフティ・グローブ 統計
Polish: Lefty Grove Statystyki

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