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Portrait of Lefty Grove

Lefty Grove P

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA
17 616 3940.7 300 141 55 3.06
Birth Date3-6-1900
Height6' 3"
Weight190 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1925 PHA MLB 45 18 197.0 10 12 1 207 131 116 11 .000 9.5 6.0 0.5 5.3 0% .304 .000 1.72 4.73 4.75 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1926 PHA MLB 45 33 258.0 13 13 6 227 101 194 6 .000 7.9 3.5 0.2 6.8 0% .289 .000 1.27 2.97 2.51 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1927 PHA MLB 51 28 262.3 20 13 9 251 79 174 6 .000 8.6 2.7 0.2 6.0 0% .290 .000 1.26 2.96 3.19 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1928 PHA MLB 39 31 261.7 24 8 4 228 64 183 10 .000 7.8 2.2 0.3 6.3 0% .270 .000 1.12 2.87 2.58 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1929 PHA MLB 42 37 275.3 20 6 4 278 81 170 8 .000 9.1 2.6 0.3 5.6 0% .298 .000 1.30 3.07 2.81 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1930 PHA MLB 50 32 291.0 28 5 9 273 60 209 8 .000 8.4 1.9 0.2 6.5 0% .292 .000 1.14 3.04 2.54 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1931 PHA MLB 41 30 288.7 31 4 5 249 62 175 10 .000 7.8 1.9 0.3 5.5 0% .262 .000 1.08 3.15 2.06 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1932 PHA MLB 44 30 291.7 25 10 7 269 79 188 13 .000 8.3 2.4 0.4 5.8 0% .276 .000 1.19 3.24 2.84 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1933 PHA MLB 45 28 275.3 24 8 6 280 83 114 12 .000 9.2 2.7 0.4 3.7 0% .279 .000 1.32 3.72 3.20 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1934 BOS MLB 22 12 109.3 8 8 0 149 32 43 5 .000 12.3 2.6 0.4 3.5 0% .339 .000 1.66 3.87 6.50 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1935 BOS MLB 35 30 273.0 20 12 1 269 65 121 6 .000 8.9 2.1 0.2 4.0 0% .279 .000 1.22 3.24 2.70 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1936 BOS MLB 35 30 253.3 17 12 2 237 65 130 14 .000 8.4 2.3 0.5 4.6 0% .267 .000 1.19 4.00 2.81 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1937 BOS MLB 32 32 262.0 17 9 0 269 83 153 9 .000 9.2 2.9 0.3 5.3 0% .295 .000 1.34 3.37 3.02 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1938 BOS MLB 24 21 163.7 14 4 1 169 52 99 8 .000 9.3 2.9 0.4 5.4 0% .295 .000 1.35 3.51 3.08 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1939 BOS MLB 23 23 191.0 15 4 0 180 58 81 8 .000 8.5 2.7 0.4 3.8 0% .265 .000 1.25 3.75 2.54 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1940 BOS MLB 22 21 153.3 7 6 0 159 50 62 20 .000 9.3 2.9 1.2 3.6 0% .268 .000 1.36 4.81 3.99 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
1941 BOS MLB 21 21 134.0 7 7 0 155 42 54 8 .000 10.4 2.8 0.5 3.6 0% .299 .000 1.47 3.72 4.37 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
CareerMLB6164573940.730014155384911872266162.0008.82.70.45.20%.000.0001.283.443.0600.000.00.0

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1925 PHA MLB 45 18 197.0 10 12 1 207 131 116 11 .000 9.5 6.0 0.5 5.3 0% .304 .000 1.72 4.73 4.75 0 0.00 0.0
1926 PHA MLB 45 33 258.0 13 13 6 227 101 194 6 .000 7.9 3.5 0.2 6.8 0% .289 .000 1.27 2.97 2.51 0 0.00 0.0
1927 PHA MLB 51 28 262.3 20 13 9 251 79 174 6 .000 8.6 2.7 0.2 6.0 0% .290 .000 1.26 2.96 3.19 0 0.00 0.0
1928 PHA MLB 39 31 261.7 24 8 4 228 64 183 10 .000 7.8 2.2 0.3 6.3 0% .270 .000 1.12 2.87 2.58 0 0.00 0.0
1929 PHA MLB 42 37 275.3 20 6 4 278 81 170 8 .000 9.1 2.6 0.3 5.6 0% .298 .000 1.30 3.07 2.81 0 0.00 0.0
1930 PHA MLB 50 32 291.0 28 5 9 273 60 209 8 .000 8.4 1.9 0.2 6.5 0% .292 .000 1.14 3.04 2.54 0 0.00 0.0
1931 PHA MLB 41 30 288.7 31 4 5 249 62 175 10 .000 7.8 1.9 0.3 5.5 0% .262 .000 1.08 3.15 2.06 0 0.00 0.0
1932 PHA MLB 44 30 291.7 25 10 7 269 79 188 13 .000 8.3 2.4 0.4 5.8 0% .276 .000 1.19 3.24 2.84 0 0.00 0.0
1933 PHA MLB 45 28 275.3 24 8 6 280 83 114 12 .000 9.2 2.7 0.4 3.7 0% .279 .000 1.32 3.72 3.20 0 0.00 0.0
1934 BOS MLB 22 12 109.3 8 8 0 149 32 43 5 .000 12.3 2.6 0.4 3.5 0% .339 .000 1.66 3.87 6.50 0 0.00 0.0
1935 BOS MLB 35 30 273.0 20 12 1 269 65 121 6 .000 8.9 2.1 0.2 4.0 0% .279 .000 1.22 3.24 2.70 0 0.00 0.0
1936 BOS MLB 35 30 253.3 17 12 2 237 65 130 14 .000 8.4 2.3 0.5 4.6 0% .267 .000 1.19 4.00 2.81 0 0.00 0.0
1937 BOS MLB 32 32 262.0 17 9 0 269 83 153 9 .000 9.2 2.9 0.3 5.3 0% .295 .000 1.34 3.37 3.02 0 0.00 0.0
1938 BOS MLB 24 21 163.7 14 4 1 169 52 99 8 .000 9.3 2.9 0.4 5.4 0% .295 .000 1.35 3.51 3.08 0 0.00 0.0
1939 BOS MLB 23 23 191.0 15 4 0 180 58 81 8 .000 8.5 2.7 0.4 3.8 0% .265 .000 1.25 3.75 2.54 0 0.00 0.0
1940 BOS MLB 22 21 153.3 7 6 0 159 50 62 20 .000 9.3 2.9 1.2 3.6 0% .268 .000 1.36 4.81 3.99 0 0.00 0.0
1941 BOS MLB 21 21 134.0 7 7 0 155 42 54 8 .000 10.4 2.8 0.5 3.6 0% .299 .000 1.47 3.72 4.37 0 0.00 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1934-07-04 1934-07-24 DTD 20 0 - General Medical Surgery Tonsillitis 1934-07-05 -
1934-04-17 1934-05-05 DTD 18 0 Left Shoulder Soreness - -

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BP Articles

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What You Need to Know: Papi EndingsAshley Varela2016-05-16
Kershaw Day: In the Unlikely Event Kershaw Never Throws Another Pitch...Brendan Gawlowski2015-03-09
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: The Baseball Bloodlines ProjectSam Miller2014-06-04
This article requires BP Premium accessRaising Aces: Classic Deliveries: Fade to Black and WhiteDoug Thorburn2014-01-24
The BP Wayback Machine: The Nose KnowsSteven Goldman2014-01-03
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: Ranking RiveraBen Lindbergh2013-03-22
Manufactured Runs: What Hall of Fame Voters are Doing to the Hall of FameColin Wyers2013-01-10
The Lineup Card: 12 Stats We Wish Were Readily AvailableBaseball Prospectus2012-09-05
The Lineup Card: 10 Most Disappointing Career-Ending InjuriesBaseball Prospectus2012-05-09
The BP Wayback Machine: Jon Lester, Meet Mel ParnellSteven Goldman2012-03-23
Inside The Park: Ode to a Terrible StatBradford Doolittle2012-02-23
The Lineup Card: 9 World Series Heroes: The Year AfterBaseball Prospectus2011-11-03
Baseball ProGUESTus: When 100 Tiles Meets 27 OutsDiane Firstman2011-10-14
BP Unfiltered: The Hallworthy Alomar and BlylevenJay Jaffe2011-07-23
The Asian Equation: The Roots of the Posting SystemMichael Street2011-04-13
This article requires BP Premium accessChanging Speeds: Baseball on the OnesKen Funck2011-03-22
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: Three HundredSteven Goldman2011-02-04
Prospectus Q&A: Jack O'Connell, Part IIDavid Laurila2011-01-21
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Starting PitchersJay Jaffe2010-12-20
This article requires BP Premium accessAnother Look: Lefty's Remarkable StreakBob Hertzel2010-08-24
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: The No Fun League?Will Carroll2010-07-27
This article requires BP Premium accessAnother Look: Remembering Donald DavidsonBob Hertzel2010-06-29
One-Hoppers: Wakefield's The Man In BostonMarc Normandin2010-06-09
You Can Blog It Up: Dead Player of the Day and Other Controversies #18Steven Goldman2010-05-04
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Tom Glavine Jay Jaffe2010-02-17
Prospectus Q&A: Ross DetwilerDavid Laurila2010-01-17
This article requires BP Premium accessExpanded Horizons: Stories Big and SmallTommy Bennett2010-01-12
Prospectus Hit and Run: Hall of Fame Cases for PitchersJay Jaffe2010-01-06
Prospectus Hit List: The RisingJay Jaffe2009-06-05
Prospectus Hit and Run: Tales in a Minor KeyJay Jaffe2009-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Cooper's OptimismJohn Perrotto2009-04-19
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Going South?Steven Goldman2009-02-11
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Rumors of Distant ThunderSteven Goldman2009-02-03
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: The Nose KnowsSteven Goldman2009-01-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The PitchersJay Jaffe2009-01-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Bleeding Edge of a Whole New Hall GameJay Jaffe2008-12-09
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: Moving Forward to RewindJohn Perrotto2008-08-31
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Livan Hernandez Makes the ListSteven Goldman2008-08-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Friday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-07-04
You Could Look It Up: The Dual-Ball EraSteven Goldman2008-06-03
You Could Look It Up: Jon Lester, Meet Mel ParnellSteven Goldman2008-05-20
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: Lightning in a Bottle, Thunder in the BronxJohn Perrotto2008-05-18
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: The 2008 Transient All-Star TeamJim Baker2008-02-29
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Having a BallJay Jaffe2008-02-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: TandemoniumJay Jaffe2008-02-07
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: The Fallen MightySteven Goldman2008-02-04
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Class of 2008: The Starting PitchersJay Jaffe2008-01-03
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: How 'bout a Ten-Spot?Steven Goldman2007-11-26
Prospectus Matchups: The (Elimination) GamersJim Baker2007-10-19
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: The Best Player in Baseball, Part TwoNate Silver2007-09-21
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: The Best Player in Baseball, Part OneNate Silver2007-09-20
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: 300Jim Baker2007-08-10
Prospectus Toolbox: Non-contact, Part OneDerek Jacques2007-07-24
This article requires BP Premium accessJAWS Returns: Cooperstown MusingsJay Jaffe2007-05-21
This article requires BP Premium accessGrumpy Old Men: JAWS Tackles the Veterans Committee BallotJay Jaffe2007-02-26
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Class of 2007: The PitchersJay Jaffe2007-01-09
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: No Hits For YouSteven Goldman2006-09-08
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: The Best EverJim Baker2006-03-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: December 7-13Christina Kahrl2005-12-14
This article requires BP Premium accessAn Objective Hall of Fame: Part Five, 1947-1950Clay Davenport2005-08-23
This article requires BP Premium accessCan Of Corn: Tops Among Top ThreeDayn Perry2005-08-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Around the NLJoe Sheehan2005-05-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Game of the Week: New York Mets @ Cincinnati Reds, 4/4/05Jonah Keri2005-04-06
Prospectus Triple Play: Florida Marlins, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh PiratesDerek Jacques2005-03-15
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Veterans Committee Ballot: JAWS Chews on the EligiblesJay Jaffe2005-03-02
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Seeking the Perfect CandidateJim Baker2005-01-06
This article requires BP Premium accessTeams: A Critical Guide: American League, September 13-19Steven Goldman2004-09-25
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: The A's OffenseJim Baker2004-09-21
This article requires BP Premium accessTeams: A Critical Guide: In Which A Myth is ShatteredSteven Goldman2004-08-31
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Everything Happens in 1912 and 2004Steven Goldman2004-06-21
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This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Managers ReconsideredSteven Goldman2004-04-19
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: One False MoveSteven Goldman2004-04-12
Baseball Prospectus Basics: A Brief History of Pitcher UsageRany Jazayerli2004-03-02
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Problems in Red Sox Management: A Tourist's GuideSteven Goldman2004-02-27
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Season on the Brink: A Study in Managerial ContrastsRany Jazayerli2003-10-16


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-11-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would be on your top 10 pitchers to see list: I'd put vintage Maddux, Halladay, Pedro, Clemens, and 87 Mike Scott, Gooden, Blyleven, Rivera, Henke, and Johan for people from my lifetime. I
(JT from Exhibition Stadium)
Having seen all of those guys, I'd focus on a lot on the ones that I didn't get to see. If I've included Ryan on that top 10, I'll add Sandy Koufax, Walter Johnson, Lefty Grove, Juan Marichal, Bob Gibson, Grover Alexander, Old Hoss Radbourn (just to see what the game was like then), Burleigh Grimes (need a spitballer), and because he's meant so much to me in the JAWS process, Blyleven. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steven--have you ever given thought to whom would comprise a Platonic ideal pitching rotation? Lots of guys are textbook #1s--Koufax, Maddux, Big Train, Bob Gibson, et al, but what about the rest? Is there such a thing as a quintessential #2? When you think of a #4 or a #5, who is it?
(Jape from Portland)
It's fun to make lists and such, but this one is so wide open. Are we talking career or single season? If the latter, I would have guys like Ron Guidry '78 and Dwight Gooden '85 and other names that don't make the list of all-time greats. If we're talking about guys who were more than one-hit wonders, my list starts with Pedro Martinez and Lefty Grove. (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steven I'm a big fan of your "you could look it up" series on BP. I'm getting the chance to meet Dominic DiMaggio next week, and have been researching some fun things from his career to talk about. I want to get into current players, and my question regards the comparison of DD to Ichiro: is this a good comp? It strikes me that both were excellent defensive outfielders, and although Ichiro's production volume on offense is greater they're both consistent hitters who sustained peak performance after age 30. Do you buy that?
(cjenks from SF)
The Little Professor was more selective at the plate than Ichiro, so I suppose you're in the same ballpark, but we're not quite talking the same model here. I'm also willing to bet that DiMaggio got lots, lots, lots of inflationary help from Fenway, and that in the same ballpark Ichiro is probably the far better player... I'd love to have you ask DiMaggio about working for Tom Yawkey, about the personalities of Joe Cronin, Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx - all of whom he played with in the early days, of Joe McCarthy, if he believes, as Birdie Tebbets alleged, that McCarthy went with Denny Galehouse in the 1948 playoff because the other starters said "pass." Man, I'm jealous. (Steven Goldman)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-22 16:30:00World Series Game OneJoe, I'm trying to think of a time that a manager actually did bench a "big" player like Howard (whether big reputationally or whatever) in a postseason game for reasons like that... Not coming up with much. Maybe Connie Mack not giving Lefty Grove a start in the 1929 WS. (Steven Goldman)