Lefty Grove Takes A Bat To His Glove – 1931 World Series

World Series “Action” – Lefty Grove Breaks In A New Glove

What does a star pitcher do between games of the World Series? If you are 31-game winner Lefty Grove you take time to  work on breaking in a new glove.

Breaking In A New Mitt
Robert (Lefty) Grove victor over the St. Louis Cards first battle of the World Series, is seen here in Shibe Park, Philadelphia, October 4th as he breaks in a new glove. Grove will probably be selected to pitch against the Cards in the third game Oct, 5th. photo: Acme 10/4/1931

A new glove didn’t help Grove in game three as the Athletics lost 5-2. In eight innings of work Grove allowed four runs, 11 hits and four walks while striking out five.

For seven innings Cardinals spitballer Burleigh Grimes did not allow a hit. Bing Miller would break up the no-hitter with a single in the eighth. In the ninth Grimes got two quick outs but  then walked Mickey Cochrane. Slugger Al Simmons hit a home run, accounting for the A’s two runs. The next batter Jimmie Foxx struck out to end the game.

In addition to his masterful pitching, in the fourth inning with two out, Grimes singled home the third and fourth runs of the game for the Cardinals.

Grove would come back to win game six 8-1, but the Cardinals ended up winning the series four games to three.

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