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Encyclopedia > Heinie Groh

Heinie Groh (September 18, 1889 - August 22, 1968) was a professional baseball player during the early 1900s, most famous for his unique hitting instrument - the bottle bat. Groh was also one of the premier fielding third baseman of the Deadball Era during a period when both the playing fields as well as the players were rough. September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... 1889 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... // Events and Trends Technology Lawrence Hargrave makes the first stable wing design for a heavier-than-air aircraft Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first documented flight in a powered heavier-than-air aircraft Mass production of automobile Wide popularity of home phonograph Panama Canal is built by the United...

Heinie made his debut with the New York Giants in 1912 playing for John McGraw and with Christy Mathewson. But he spent his most productive years with the Cincinnati Reds, including the 1919 team that defeated the Chicago Black Sox in the World Series. After the Chicago players were discredited as having fixed the World Series, Groh was famously quoted as saying "I think we'd have beaten them either way." Groh later returned to the Giants, helping them to three consecutive World Series appearances, including 1922 when they defeated Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees. The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. ... John McGraw can refer to different people: John McGraw (merchant), (1815-1877), was a New York lumber tycoon, and one of the founding trustees of Cornell University. ... Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants at West Side Park in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... ... George Herman Ruth, (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948), better known as Babe Ruth and also commonly known by the nicknames The Bambino and The Sultan of Swat, was an American baseball player and United States national icon. ... The New York Yankees are a Major League baseball team based in The Bronx, New York City. ...

Heinie Groh was an eight time All-Star who became a minor league manager as well as a scout after retiring as a player.

External links

  • Heinie Groh's career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/grohhe01.shtml
  • Heinie Groh writeup at BaseballLibrary.com http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/G/Groh_Heinie.stm
  • Heinie Groh writeup at SABR's Baseball Biography Project http://bioproj.sabr.org/bioproj.cfm?a=v&v=l&pid=5524&bid=975

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BIOPROJ.SABR.ORG :: The Baseball Biography Project. (1411 words)
Groh batted.297 in back-to-back seasons at Oshkosh in 1909-10 ("I kept practicing and practicing at it, and the next year I hit about.285, and the year after that I made it to.300," was the way he remembered it), after which the New York Giants purchased his contract.
Heinie Groh's major league debut as a pinch-hitter against the Chicago Cubs on April 12, 1912, was a memorable one.
As Groh told Ritter, "We whittled down the handle of a standard bat, and then we built up the barrel, and when we were finished it looked like a crazy sort of milk bottle." Thus was born the bottle bat, an innovation that will forever be associated with Heinie Groh.
SITT - Heinie Groh (427 words)
Heinie always defended that team, saying they could have won on the square.
Groh stayed with Cincy until 1921, when a bitter holdout sent him back to the Giants.
While he doesn't have the numbers for the Hall, Heinie was one of the finest players of his era.
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