(November 4, 1930- )
Born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
Shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1952,1955-62), St. Louis Cardinals (1963-65), Philadelphia Phillies (1966-67) and San Francisco Giants (1967)
.286 batting average
Eight-time All-Star (twice each in 1959-60 and 1962; once each in 1963-64)
National League MVP (1960)
Guard for the Fort Wayne Pistons (1952-53)
#10 basketball jersey retired by Duke University
Inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2007) and College Baseball Hall of Fame (2011)
Why he might be annoying
His name sounds like it might be sexual slang in the Urban Dictionary.
He said he was 'much better' at basketball ('Baseball was work'), but only got to play one season of it professionally.
He was so ticked off about being traded to the Cardinals, he severed all contact with the Pirates until the 30-year reunion of the 1960 World Series championship team.
Why he might not be annoying
At Duke, he was a two-time All-American in both baseball and basketball.
As a fielder, he led the National League in double plays a record five seasons.
Phillies Manager Gene Mauch said, 'He holds the Pirates together.'
Similarly, a Giants player said about Groat's impact on the Cardinals, 'They were a bunch of individuals until he came along. Defensively, they were loose. Now they're the best.'
Credit: C. Fishel
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Year In Review:
For 2017, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 10 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 23 Votes: 43.48% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 6 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 11 Votes: 45.45% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 13 Votes: 46.15% Annoying
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