LEFTY GROVE AUTOGRAPH
Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove was born March 6, 1900 – died May 22, 1975. Grove was one of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball history. Born in Lonaconing, Maryland, Grove was a sandlot star in the Baltimore area during the 1910s. His performance caught the eye of Jack Dunn, the owner of the minor league Baltimore Orioles, who also discovered Babe Ruth. Grove joined the Orioles in 1920 and embarked on an epic minor league career which saw him regarded by some as one of the best pitchers in baseball, even before he ever threw a pitch in the majors. Breaking into the team’s pitching rotation at midseason, Grove posted a 12-2 record. Over the next four seasons, he posted marks of 25-10, 18-8, 27-10 and 27-6, leading the International League in strikeouts every season. Grove remained in the minor leagues through 1924 because Dunn, who ran an independent operation with no major-league affiliation, refused several offers from the majors to acquire him. Finally, early in 1925, Dunn agreed to sell Grove’s rights to the Philadelphia Athletics for $100,500, the highest amount ever paid for a player at the time. He battled injuries as a rookie and posted only a 10-13 record, despite leading the league in strikeouts. Grove then settled down in 1926 and won the first of a record nine earned run average (ERA) titles with a mark of 2.51. In 1927, Grove won 20 games for the first time and a year later, he led the league in wins with 24. In 1999, Grove ranked number 23 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players of all time. He was the second highest-ranked left-handed pitcher, after Warren Spahn. That same year, Grove was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
Original Lefty Grove Autograph, signed on Cut Lined Paper. Dated 1931. Cigar band included, (my father would ask for a cigar band along with the request for an autograph). Approx. size 3 1/8 x 4 3/4 inches. Regular Price – $ 295.00 / Sale Price – $ 195.00.
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