Lonaconing in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Welcome to "Lefty" Grove Memorial Park
Susan Luery, a Maryland native, was commissioned to create Grove's statue — portraying him during the zenith of his career with the American League Philadelphia Athletics. Luery also designed "Babe's Dream" for Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, honoring another Maryland-born baseball great, George Herman "Babe" Ruth.
With generous support of the Maryland legislature, as well as support from current and former local residents, the park's dedication occurred on June 22, 2019.
A fiery competitor with disdain for mediocrity and amid an obsessive commitment to winning, Grove intimidated batters with a fearsome scowl and a sizzling fastball.
When the Philadelphia Athletics assigned uniform numbers in 1929, pitchers wore double numerals. Grove, a recognized pitching ace, was given first choice. Therefore,
The height of the pitcher's mound, lowered from 15 to 10 inches in 1968, appears exactly as it would have been during Grove's career.
The park was designed by architect Zach Klipstein, an Allegany County native. Inspiration for the park's façade came from the Eutaw Street entrance to Oriole Park at Camden Yards and is intended to emphasize Grove's history with the International League Baltimore Orioles.
Interpretive signage, leading visitors in a counter-clockwise path around the statue, represents a chronological progression of Grove's baseball career — from his first professional game with the Martinsburg Mountaineers to his final game with the Boston Red Sox to his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947. "From the coal miners to Cooperstown" is the theme of the experience.
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Lefty's Place operated at 10 Union Street, a distance of approximately 30 yards from this location. The building was destroyed by raging flood water in 1996.
Location. 39° 33.961′ N, 78° 58.828′ W. Marker is in Lonaconing, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Maryland Route 36) and Union Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Union Street, Lonaconing MD 21539, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coming Home to Lonaconing (here, next to this marker); The Early Years — Lonaconing, Maryland (a few steps from this marker); Red Sox (1934 - 1941) (a few steps from this marker); Baltimore Orioles (1920 - 1924) (a few steps from this marker); Philadelphia Athletics (1925 - 1933) (a few steps from this marker); In Honor and Remembrance (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lonaconing's Tumultuous Past (about 500 feet away); Lonaconing Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lonaconing.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 19, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.