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Saturday, June 18, 2016
TTM Success - Dick Groat
Groat (b. 1930) played in the majors from 1952 and 1955 to 1967 for the Pirates, Cardinals, Phillies and Giants. He had 2,138 hits, 39 home runs and a .286 batting average. He was the NL batting champ in 1960, which he parlayed into the NL MVP award. He also was a 5-time All Star and finished second for the 1963 MVP award (losing to Sandy Koufax). He won the World Series with the Pirates in 1960 and the Cardinals in 1964. My question is, how is Groat not in the Hall of Fame, but Bill Mazeroski is? Groat only received as high as 1.8% ov the vote for the Hall, yet Mazeroski is. I guess it is the dramatic home run in the 1960 World Series that Mazeroski is known for. I just think that Groat should have gotten a lot more than 1.8% of the vote.
I mailed to Groat on May 21 and got the cards back on June 3, for a 13-day TAT.