LEFTY GROVE

THE SUMMER OF .406 AND "THE STREAK" ...
Lefty Grove scores his 300th win

July 25, 1941 ... Well, Lefty Grove finally did it.  And there was a lot of old fashioned justice involved in that 300th victory for the pitching patriarch of the Red Sox in that Jimmie Foxx was the guy who clinched it with his two-run triple.  Foxx and his booming bat have won a lot of games for Grove, maybe as many as 100, here and with the Athletics in days of yore.  Their careers are interwoven in the baseball pattern of their times, one as a great hitter, and the other as a remarkable pitcher.

Today, it was Jimmie who finally handed Lefty his passport to baseball immortality by plastering a prodigious triple with two on in the eighth inning.  Lefty threw only 38 balls of his 120 pitches and this rightly suggests that his control saved the day.  Lefty had flunked twice trying for his 300th win, and today he didn't have it either.  In the third inning, the Indians reeled off five straight hits, but Lefty pitched using control and courage.

From 1929 through 1933, with the Athletics, there was not a better pitcher in baseball.  Grove won 128 and lost 33 for a .795 pitching percentage, which is a feat nobody has bettered up until now.  Bob Feller may pass it someday, but Grove leads names like Mordecai Brown, Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Walter Johnson and Cy Young, in his winning percentage over a five year span.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

R

H

E

 
 

CLEVELAND INDIANS

0

1

3

0

0

0

2

0

0

 

 

6

12

2

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

2

2

0

2

4

x

 

 

10

10

1

 

 

W-Lefty Grove (7-4)
L-Al Milnar (8-13)
Attendance - 16,000

 2B-Keltner (2)(Clev), Boudreau (Clev), Grove (Bost)

 3B-Walker (Clev), Foxx (Bost)

 HR-Boudreau (Clev), Williams (Bost), Tabor (2)(Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 4 1 0 .274

 

 

Lou Finney rf 4 1 1 .270

 

 

Joe Cronin ss 4 2 0 .332

 

 

Skeeter Newsome ss 0 0 0 .237

 

 

Ted Williams lf 3 3 2 .400

 

 

Stan Spence lf 0 0 0 .217

 

 

Jimmie Foxx 1b 3 1 1 .312

 

 

Jim Tabor 3b 4 2 3 .301

 

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 5 0 0 .255

 

 

Johnny Peacock c 3 0 2 .289

 

 

Lefty Grove p 4 0 1 .100

 

               
    IP H ER BB SO  

 

Lefty Grove 9 12 5 1 6

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

1941 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees

63 28 -

 

 

Cleveland Indians

53 40 11

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

48

43

15

 

 

Chicago White Sox

45 47 18 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics

43 47 19 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

43 51 21 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns

35 54 27

 

 

Washington Senators

34 54 27 1/2