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Dick Groat

Groat in 1960.
MLB Player information
NameDick Groat
PositionShortstop
BatsRight
ThrowsRight
MLB debutJune 19, 1952 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearanceOctober 1, 1967 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
Batting average.286
Hits2138
Runs batted in707
Teams
* Pittsburgh Pirates (1952 1962) * St. Louis Cardinals (1963 1965) * Philadelphia Phillies (1966 1967) * San Francisco Giants (1967)

Dick Groat

Positionguard
Number5
Height Ft5|height_in=11
Weight Lbs180
Birth DateNovember 4, 1930(age 86)
Debutyear1952
Finalyear1953
Draftyear1952
Draftround1
Draftpick3
DraftteamFort Wayne Pistons
CollegeDuke University
TeamsFort Wayne Pistons (1952-53)
Stat1labelPoints
Stat1value309 (11.9 ppg)
Stat2labelAssists
Stat2value69 (2.7 asp)
Stat3labelRebounds
Stat3value86 (3.3 rpg)
Letterg
Bbrgroatdi01
Highlights2007 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
2009 Southern Conference Hall of Fame
1975 Duke University Sports Hall of Fame
1952 UPI Player of the Year
1952, Jersey Retired, #10 Duke University
1952, NCAA single-season scoring record, 839 pts
1952 NCAA Consensus 1st Team All-American
1951 Helms Foundation Player of the Year
1951 NCAA Consensus 2nd Team All-American
2x Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year (1951 & 1952)
2x MOP, Southern Conference Basketball Tournament (1951 & 1952)

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Richard Morrow Groat (born November 4, 1930 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania) is a former two-sport athlete best known as a shortstop in Major League Baseball. He played for four National League teams, mainly the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, and was named the league's Most Valuable Player in 1960 after winning the batting title with a .325 average for the champion Pirates. From 1956 to 1962 he teamed with second baseman Bill Mazeroski to give Pittsburgh one of the game's strongest middle infields; he led the NL in double plays a record five times, in putouts four times and in assists twice. At the end of his career he ranked ninth in major league history in games at shortstop (1,877) and fourth in double plays (1,237), and was among the NL career leaders in putouts (10th, 3,505), assists (8th, 5,811) and total chances (9th, 9,690). Also an excellent basketball player, he attended Duke University and is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was twice an All-American at Duke and was voted as the Helms National Player of the Year in 1952 after averaging 25.2 points per game. He played one season as a guard in the National Basketball Association. In 2011 Groat was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the first man ever inducted into both the college basketball and college baseball halls of fame. He is currently the color commentator for the Pittsburgh Panthers men's basketball team.


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