Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove was born on March 6, 120 years ago.
Lefty, a native son of Lonaconing, was a professional baseball pitcher who became a star with Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox. One of the greatest pitchers in history, Grove led the American League in wins in four separate seasons, in strikeouts seven years in a row, and had the league’s lowest earned run average a record nine times.
From 1929 to 1931 he twice won the pitcher’s Triple Crown, leading the league in wins, strikeouts, and ERA, while amassing a 79-15 record and leading the Athletics to three straight AL championships.
He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947.
You can visit the Lefty Grove Memorial in Grove’s hometown of Lonaconing, Maryland. Allegany Museum is proud to have been associated with the committee that created this memorial