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Lonaconing in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Red Sox (1934 - 1941)

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, September 17, 2019
1. Red Sox (1934 - 1941) Marker
Inscription.  At the end of the 1933 season, Grove signed with Tom Yawkey's Boston Red Sox, where he would spend the last eight years of his career. He won four more ERA titles with the Red Sox and became a member of major league baseball's elite 300-win club on June 25, 1941, with a 10-6 win over the Cleveland Indians. Grove was the twelfth pitcher in history to reach the 300-win plateau.

Grove announced his retirement on Dec. 7, 1941. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor overshadowed the news of his departure. His name displayed on The Van Ness Street Banners of Glory outside of Fenway Park in Boston is a reminder of his elite status among Red Sox legends. Grove remains the only pitcher to win his 300th game in a Red Sox uniform.

Grove was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947. During professional baseball's centennial celebration in 1969, he was selected as the left-handed pitcher for the All-Time All-Star Team. In 1999, he was named to Major League Baseball's All-Century Team. In 2002, he was inducted posthumously into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, 61 years after his retirement. His .680 winning percentage is
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still the highest among 300-game winners.

Grove's nine ERA titles, including seven in a row, are a record by considerable margin, and he remains tied for the most consecutive victories during a single season by an American League pitcher.

The Philadelphia Athletics display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum cites Grove as "the greatest left-handed pitcher in American League history."

Jim Kaplan author of Grove's biography "Lefty Grove: American Original" affirmed in his article for the Society for American Baseball Research: "Lefty Grove may have been baseball's greatest all-tie pitcher. He was certainly its most dominant."
 
Erected 2019.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is June 25, 1941.
 
Location. 39° 33.959′ N, 78° 58.819′ W. Marker is in Lonaconing, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (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. Philadelphia Athletics (1925 - 1933) (here, next to this marker); Baltimore Orioles (1920 - 1924) (here, next to this marker); The Early Years — Lonaconing, Maryland (here, next to this
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By Devry Becker Jones, September 17, 2019
3. Red Sox (1934 - 1941) Marker
marker); Coming Home to Lonaconing (a few steps from this marker); Welcome to "Lefty" Grove Memorial Park (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.
 
More about this marker. [Caption:]
1939 Old Timers' Game, Fenway Park, Boston—Smokey Joe Wood, Cy Young, Lefty Grove and Walter Johnson
(Courtesy Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection)


[Caption from image to the left of the plaque:]
Lonaconing native, Logan Muster's painting of Lefty Grove, circa 1960.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 19, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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