33¢ Lefty Grove
Legends of Baseball
Issue Date: July 6, 2000
City: Atlanta, GA
Printed by: Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd
Printing Method: Lithographed
Perforations: Serpentine die cut 11.25
The Legends of Baseball issue honors 20 baseball greats who were named to the "All-Century Team," announced after the 1999 season. Votes from fans, as well as members of a special panel, selected the team.
Robert “Lefty” Grove (1900-1975) strengthened his throwing arm by pitching rocks as a youngster. The hours of practice paid off for the tall left-hander, who at the age of 25 began pitching for the Philadelphia Athletics.
Many sports enthusiasts consider Lefty Grove to be one of the American League’s most talented left-handed pitchers. He led the league in strikeouts with 116 in 1925, his rookie season. His ball control improved each year, and in 1929, he again topped the league in strikeouts with 170. In 1930, Grove became the first American League pitcher since 1916 to strike out over 200 batters. He accumulated a 28-5 record that year. In 1931, his record improved to 31-4, and he pitched a 16-game winning streak. His career highlights include eight 20-win seasons; seven consecutive seasons as American League strikeout leader; and 300 winning games. Grove was the last to pitch 300 wins until 1963.
Grove ended his 17-year baseball career in 1941 with 300 wins and 141 loses. When his minor league statistics are added, Grove’s record jumps to 411 wins and 190 losses, the best record in the history of organized baseball.
Grove received 123 of the 161 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers Association of America in 1947, and he was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.