Six former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date.
Donald Veal, pitcher for the 2009 Pirates. Before joining the Pirates, he was a hard-throwing minor leaguer for the Chicago Cubs, who always had control issues. He was originally drafted in the 12th round in 2003 by the Chicago White Sox out of high school, but he decided to attend college instead. Two years later, the Cubs selected him in the second round out of Pima Community College. Veal debuted in short-season ball in 2005, pitching briefly in the rookie level Arizona League, as well as Boise of the Northwest League. He had a combined 3.18 ERA in 39.2 innings, with 20 walks and 48 strikeouts. In 2006, he pitched in Low-A Peoria of the Midwest League and High-A Daytona of the Florida State League, making 14 starts at each level, with better results at the higher level. He combined to go 11-5, 2.16 in 154.1 innings, with 82 walks and 174 strikeouts. He moved up to Double-A in 2008 and had an 8-10, 4.97 record in 130.1 innings, with 73 walks and 131 strikeouts for Tennessee of the Southern League. He didn’t show any improvements repeating the level, going 5-10, 4.52 in 145.1 innings for Tennessee in 2009, with 81 walks and 123 strikeouts. He went to the Arizona Fall League after the season and gave up 12 runs in nine innings over ten relief appearances. He was a Rule 5 draft pick of the Pirates in 2008, who pitched 19 times for the 2009 Pirates. He had a 7.16 ERA in 16.1 innings, with 20 walks and 16 strikeouts during his time in Pittsburgh, seeing most of his work in September.
After the 2009 season, the Pirates sent Veal to the Arizona Fall League, where he worked as a starter. He excelled there, going 3-1, 2.14 in 21 innings over seven starts, with 22 strikeouts. He was still with the Pirates in 2010-11, but he was injured for part of that time and never made it back to the majors. He was limited to nine starts in Triple-A with Indianapolis of the International League in 2010, going 3-2, 4.35, with 41 strikeouts in 49.2 innings. He needed to have Tommy John surgery in June, which caused him to miss the start of 2011. He ended up throwing a total of 32 innings over 19 games, while playing at four levels in 2011, with most of that work being rehab games. He had a combined 4.22 ERA and 31 strikeouts that season. After leaving the Pirates via free agency after the 2011 season, Veal signed with the Chicago White Sox and pitched three years in their bullpen, with stints in Triple-A each season.
Veal was great as a lefty specialist in 2012, posting a 2.08 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 52 innings for Charlotte of the International League, followed by a 1.38 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 13 innings over 24 appearances for the White Sox. In 2013, he spent most of the year in the majors, where he had a 4.60 ERA in 29.1 innings over 50 appearances. The next year his big league time was limited to seven appearances in which he allowed five runs over six innings. He struggled in Charlotte as well that year, posting a 5.94 ERA in 50 innings. After pitching winter ball in the Dominican over the 2014-15 off-season, Veal signed with the Atlanta Braves and gave up seven runs in 4.1 innings over five early season outings in 2015. He also spent time in Triple-A with Gwinnett of the International League and independent ball with Long Island of the Atlantic League that season. Veal didn’t allow a single earned run in 17 appearances with Gwinnett, and he had a 1.45 ERA in 20 games with Long Island. His career ended with another winter in the Dominican in which he threw a total of 5.1 innings in 17 appearances. In his big league career, he had a 3-3, 5.48 record in 69 innings over 105 relief appearances. He picked up his lone career save during the 2012 season.
Jody Gerut, outfielder for the 2005 Pirates. He was a 1998 second round pick of the Colorado Rockies out of Stanford University. Gerut debuted in pro ball in 1999, hitting .289 with 80 runs, 55 extra-base hits, 63 RBIs, 61 walks, 25 steals and an .832 OPS in 133 games for Salem of the High-A Carolina League. In 2000, he moved up to Double-A, playing for Carolina of the Southern League. He hit .285 that year, with 48 runs, 38 extra-base hits (32 doubles), 47 RBIs, 18 steals, 74 walks and an .819 OPS in 109 games. A knee injury sidelined him for the entire 2001 season, but right in the middle of the year he was traded to the Cleveland Indians. He returned in 2002 and split the year evenly between Double-A Akron of the Eastern League and Triple-A Buffalo of the International League, combining to hit .298 with 75 runs, 36 extra-base hits, 60, RBIs, 20 steals, 57 walks and an .817 OPS in 120 games. He started 2003 in Buffalo, but he was up in the majors by late April, after posting a .971 OPS in 17 games. Gerut hit .279 with 66 runs, 33 doubles, 22 homers, 75 RBIs and an .830 OPS in 127 games as a rookie in 2003, which helped him to a fourth place finish in the Rookie of the Year voting. In 2004, he hit .252 with 72 runs, 31 doubles, 11 homers, 52 RBIs, 13 steals and a .739 OPS in 134 games. His season ended a little early when he needed knee surgery in September.
Gerut began the 2005 season with Buffalo, as his off-season rehab kept him out of Spring Training games. In 12 games for Buffalo, he put up a 1.247 OPS before joining the Indians in mid-May. He hit .275/.357/.377 with one homer in 44 games for Cleveland that year. He was dealt to the Chicago Cubs on July 18th, just 13 days before the Pirates acquired him at the trade deadline in exchange for Matt Lawton. He went 1-for-14 with a double and two walks during his brief time with the Cubs. Gerut hit .222 and drove in two runs before he injured his knee in his fourth game with the Pirates, which ended his season. He appeared to be fine in Spring Training in 2006, but then he complained about the knee injury again when the Pirates tried to send him to Triple-A Indianapolis to begin the season. It caused a grievance between the two sides, which resulted in Gerut agreeing to go to Extended Spring Training. A month later, it was decided that he needed surgery and that put him out for the rest of the 2006 season.
Gerut was released by the Pirates during Spring Training in 2007 and didn’t play again until winter ball in Venezuela during the 2007-08 off-season. He came back strong after missing two full seasons, hitting .390 in 40 games, with a 1.055 OPS that winter. He signed with the San Diego Padres for the 2008 season and hit .296 with 46 runs, 15 doubles, 14 homers, 43 RBIs and an .845 OPS in 100 games. He made the Opening Day roster that year, but was sent to Triple-A Portland of the Pacific Coast League after just four games. He hit .308 with a .952 OPS in 28 games before returning to the Padres in May. He saw a dip in his production in 2009, splitting the year between the Padres and Milwaukee Brewers. In 122 games between the two teams, he batted .230 with 40 runs, 13 doubles, nine homers, 35 RBIs and a .654 OPS. Gerut played briefly for the Brewers in 2010, hitting .197/.230/.366 with two homers in 32 games, which ended up being his final experience in pro ball. He went on the disabled list in late May that year and finished his career playing 14 rehab games in the rookie level Arizona League, before being released in mid-August. In six seasons in the majors, he hit .262 with 246 runs, 107 doubles, 59 homers and 226 RBIs in 574 games.
Roger Mason, pitcher for the 1991-92 Pirates. He signed with the Detroit Tigers as a non-drafted free agent out of college in 1980 at 23 years old. It took four years before he made his big league debut, and it was with the 1984 World Series winning Tigers. He debuted in pro ball in 1981 as a starter in Class-A, playing for Macon of the South Atlantic League. He went 10-10, 3.89, with 105 strikeouts in 148 innings during that first season. Mason moved to the Class-A Florida State League in 1982 and had a 7-7, 3.46 record in 132.2 innings over 22 starts. In 1983, he split the season between Double-A Birmingham of the Southern League (17 starts) and Triple-A Evansville of the American Association (11 starts), combining to go 12-9, 2.89 in 205.1 innings, with 126 strikeouts. His stats were actually significantly better at the lower level, seeing his ERA double after the promotion. In 1984, Mason made 25 starts with Evansville, going 9-7, 3.80 in 151.2 innings, with six complete games and two shutouts. He debuted in the majors that year as a September call-up for the World Series champs and made two starts and three relief appearances, posting a 4.50 ERA in 22 innings. Right before Opening Day in 1985, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants. He remained there for three seasons (four years) before becoming a free agent after the 1988 season.
In 1985, Mason spent most of the year in Triple-A with Phoenix of the Pacific Coast League, where he went 12-1, 3.33 in 167.1 innings over 24 starts, with 120 strikeouts. He excelled during his shot in the majors that year, putting up a 2.12 ERA in 29.2 innings. In 1986, he made 11 starts for the Giants and didn’t have much success, going 3-4, 4.80 in 60 innings. He made one scoreless start at Phoenix that year, and missed the rest of the year with an elbow injury in late May and a shoulder injury in late July. Mason made five starts for the Giants in 1987, when he had a 4.50 ERA in 26 innings. He also had a 4.13 ERA in ten starts with Phoenix that season. Once again it was an elbow injury that sidelined him for half of the season. Mason pitched just two big league games during the 1988-90 seasons, with both appearances coming in relief for the 1989 Houston Astros. He struggled with Phoenix in 1988, going 2-9, 4.86 in 90.2 innings over 17 starts and two relief appearances. In 1989, he went 7-12, 3.54 in 155 innings over 25 starts for Tuscon of the Pacific Coast League, after signing a free agent deal with the Astros. His big league time consisted of him allowing three runs in 1.1 innings. He went to Spring Training with the Astros in 1990, but he was cut before he pitched a game that season.
Mason spent the 1990 season at Triple-A Buffalo of the American Association for the Pirates, where he went 3-5, 2.10 in 77 innings, while working mostly in relief. In 1991, he split the year between Buffalo and the majors, making a total of 15 starts and 43 relief appearances between the two levels. He went 9-5, 3.08 in 122.2 innings for Buffalo. His 3.03 ERA in 29.2 innings over 24 appearances with the Pirates that year earned him a spot on the 1992 club on Opening Day. Mason made 65 relief appearances that year, posting a 5-7, 4.09 record in 88 innings, while picking up eight saves. He finished with just 13 career saves. During the two postseasons with the 1991-92 Pirates, he threw a total of 7.2 scoreless innings. Mason was released after the 1992 and played for the San Diego Padres, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies over his final two years (1993-94) in the majors. He did almost identical work for the Padres and Phillies in 1993, making 34 appearances, with 50 innings pitched in San Diego, while pitching 34 times in Philadelphia, with 49.2 innings pitched. Mason combined to go 5-12, 4.06 that season, with much a much better ERA with the Padres, despite an 0-7 record. In 1994, he struggled in six games with the Phillies (six runs in 8.2 innings) and then had a 3.51 ERA in 51.1 innings over 41 games with the Mets. He had shoulder surgery over the 1994-95 off-season and tried to make a comeback with the Pirates, but his return lasted one game in the Gulf Coast League before he retired. Mason had a 3.82 ERA in 117.2 innings over 89 appearances with the Pirates. In his nine-year big league career, he went 22-35, 4.02 in 416.1 innings over 23 starts and 209 relief appearances.
Ken Brett, pitcher for the 1974-75 Pirates. During the second ever amateur draft in June of 1966, Brett was the fourth overall pick by the Boston Red Sox. At 17 years old in short-season ball that year, he had a 5.81 ERA in 62 innings for Oneonta of the New York-Penn League. The next season he made his big league debut. Brett split the 1967 season between A-Ball with Winston-Salem of the Carolina League and Double-A Pittsfield of the Eastern League, going 14-11, 1.95 in 189 innings, with 219 strikeouts. He pitched two innings in one appearance during the final week of the season with the Red Sox. Due to injuries and a player being lost to the service, the Red Sox were able to add him to the postseason roster and he threw 1.1 scoreless innings in the World Series shortly after his 19th birthday. Brett had to serve six months in the military in 1968, which limited him to 29 innings in Triple-A that year with Louisville of the International League. He went 2-1, 3.10 in his four starts and five relief appearances. In 1969, he had a 3.28 ERA in 129 innings over 19 starts and six relief appearances with Louisville, and a 5.26 ERA in 39.1 innings over eight starts with the Red Sox. He did poorly in three April starts, then had a 3.41 ERA in five September starts.
Brett spent the entire 1970 season in the majors, making 14 starts and 27 relief appearances. He went 8-9, 4.07 in 139.1 innings, with a career high of 155 strikeouts. He was mainly used in relief in 1971, posting a 5.34 ERA in 59 innings over 29 games (two starts). In October of 1971, he was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers in a ten-player trade. Brett had a 7-12, 4.53 record in 133 innings during his only season in Milwaukee, making 22 starts and four relief appearances. Almost exactly one year after the Brewers acquired him, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in a seven-player deal. He basically spent the exact same amount of time in Philadelphia, staying there just long enough to go 13-9, 3.44 in 211.2 innings over 25 starts and six relief appearances. He had 111 strikeouts that season, 44 short of his career high, but also the only other time he reached triple-figures in a season.
The Pirates acquired Brett from the Phillies in a straight up deal for Dave Cash after the 1973 season. Brett had a 13-9, 3.30 record in 191 innings over 27 starts for the 1974 Pirates. He also batted .310 with two homers and 15 RBIs. Those stats helped lead to his only All-Star Game appearance. The next year he had a 9-5, 3.36 record over 118 innings, making 16 starts and seven relief appearances. In the playoffs during his time in Pittsburgh, he pitched 2.1 innings in relief each year, allowing two runs in 1974 and throwing shutout ball in 1975. After the 1975 season, he was traded to the New York Yankees in the disastrous Doc Medich deal, which including Dock Ellis and a young Willie Randolph also going to New York. Not only did Randolph go on to become a star with 66.3 career WAR after the trade, both Ellis and Brett out-pitched Medich.
Brett was traded after pitching just 2.1 scoreless innings for the Yankees, but he had a strong season with the Chicago White Sox that year, and continued on to pitch five more years in the majors. He went 10-12, 3.28 in 26 starts in 1976, with 203 innings pitched and a career high 16 complete games. He split the 1977 season between the White Sox and California Angels, combining to go 13-14, 4.53 in 34 starts, with a career high 224.2 innings pitched. He spent the entire 1978 season with the Angels, where he had ten starts and 21 relief appearances. In 100 innings that season, he had a 3-5, 4.95 record. The 1979 season started with the Minnesota Twins, who signed him to a free agent deal after he was released by the Angels shortly before Opening Day. After just nine appearances with the Twins, in which he posted a 4.97 ERA in 12.2 innings, he was released on June 4th and signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers a week later. Brett went 4-3, 3.45 in 47 innings over 30 appearances with the Dodgers. He was released in Spring Training in 1980 and then signed with the Kansas City Royals in August. He played his final two seasons in the majors with the Royals, throwing 13.1 shutout innings to round out the 1980 season, followed by 4.18 ERA in 32.1 innings over 22 relief appearances during the strike-shortened 1981 season. In his 14-year career, Brett posted an 85-89, 3.93 record in 1,526.1 innings over 184 starts and 163 relief appearances. He had 51 career complete games, with eight shutouts and 11 saves. He was a .262 career hitter, with ten homers and 44 RBIs in 347 at-bats. He is the brother of Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett. They were teammates on the Royals in 1980-81.
Harvey Haddix, pitcher for the 1959-63 Pirates. He won 45 games for the Pirates and 136 games during his 14-year career, though he is best known for a game he didn’t win. Haddix threw 12 perfect innings against the Braves on May 26, 1959, but he lost the game in the 13th inning. The boxscore can be found here. He debuted in pro ball in 1947 at 21 years old, playing for Class-C Winston-Salem of the Carolina League. Haddix went 19-5, 1.90 in 204 innings during that first season, striking out 268 batters. The next three years were spent four levels higher with Columbus of the Triple-A American Association. He went 11-9, 4.79 in 186 innings in 1948, picking up 144 strikeouts. That was followed by a 13-13, 3.49 record and 177 strikeouts in 219 innings in 1949. During the 1950 season, he had an 18-6, 2.70 record in 217 innings, while striking out 160 batters. Haddix missed the 1951 season and most of 1952 serving in the Army. When he returned, he went right to the majors for the St Louis Cardinals. He had a 2-2, 2.79 record in 42 innings in 1952, making six starts and one relief appearance. In his first full season in the majors in 1953, Haddix went 20-9, 3.06 in 253 innings over 33 starts and three relief outings. His 163 strikeouts ranked fourth in the National League. He had 19 complete games and led the league with six shutouts. He was named to the All-Star team, finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting and 17th in the MVP voting.
In 1954, Haddix had an 18-13, 3.57 record in 259.2 innings, with 35 starts and eight relief appearances. He had 13 complete games, three shutouts and four saves. He made his second All-Star appearance that year, and he struck out a career high 184 batters, which was good for second in the NL. He made his third straight All-Star appearance in 1955 when he had a 12-16, 4.46 record in 208 innings. He had 150 strikeouts, which ranked third in the NL. You would assume that he pitched much better prior to the All-Star break with those numbers, but he actually had a 5.43 ERA during the first half of the season, and a 3.33 ERA during the second half. In 1956, Haddix was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in a five-player deal after just four starts that season. He went 13-8, 3.67 in 230.1 innings that season in 31 starts and four relief appearances. He had 12 complete games, three shutouts, two saves, and he finished second in the league with 170 strikeouts. In 1957, he had a 10-13, 4.06 record in 170.2 innings over 25 starts and two relief outings. He had 3.49 strikeouts per walks that season, which was the best rate in the league. Haddix was traded that winter to the Cincinnati Reds in an even up deal for slugging outfielder Wally Post.
Haddix spent one season with the Reds. In 1958, he went 8-7, 3.52 in 184 innings over 26 starts and three relief outings. He won his first of three straight Gold Glove awards that year. He joined the Pirates in a seven-player deal with the Reds prior to the 1959 season. His best season with the Pirates was 1959 when he had a 12-12, 3.13 record in 224.1 innings, and pitched his famous “perfect” game. He completed 14 of his 29 starts that season, including two shutouts. His 1.06 WHIP was the best in the league. Haddix then went 11-10, 3.97 in 172.1 innings for the 1960 champs, making 28 starts and one relief appearance. In the World Series, he won game five as a starter, and he was the winning pitcher in the epic game seven victory. He had a 10-6, 4.10 record in 156 innings in 1961, with 22 starts and seven relief appearances. That was followed by a 9-6, 4.20 record in 141.1 innings in 1962, when he made 20 starts and eight relief appearances.
Haddix was moved to the bullpen in 1963. He excelled in the role, posting a 3.34 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 70 innings over 45 appearances (one start). He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles following the 1963 season and spent his last two year of pro ball in the Baltimore bullpen. He had a terrific 1964 season at 38 years old, putting up a 5-5, 2.31 record in 89.2 innings over 49 appearances, finishing with 90 strikeouts and nine saves. In his final season, Haddix went 3-2, 3.48 in 33.2 innings over 24 games. He finished up his 14-year career with a 136-113, 3.63 record in 2,235 innings over 286 starts and 167 relief appearances. He threw 99 complete games and had 20 shutouts and 20 saves. After retiring as a player, he returned to the Pirates as a coach, first in the minors, then years later as the big league pitching coach, returning to Pittsburgh in 1979 for six years.
Heinie Groh, third baseman for the 1927 Pirates. Signed mid-season, he played the last 14 games of his 16-year career with the Pirates. Groh started a stretch of games at third base in July, then only played two games over the final two months of the season. He debuted with the Pirates just hours after he signed a contract on July 2nd. He was a superb fielding third baseman, who could also hit, batting .292 in his career. He led league twice in OBP, twice in doubles, once in runs and once in hits. Groh was a key contributor on four teams that went to the World Series and he also got an at-bat in the 1927 series with the Pirates. He compiled 48.1 WAR during his career, putting up positive WAR numbers on both offense and defense during each of his 12 full seasons in the majors. He led the National League in fielding percentage five times at third base and he led the league in double plays at third base seven times, including six years in a row from 1915 through 1920. He also led the league in putouts at third base during the 1917-19 seasons.
Groh debuted in pro ball at 18 years old in 1908 with Oshkosh of the Wisconsin-Illinois League. He spent three years in Oshkosh, which was considered to be Class-D during the 1908-09 seasons and Class-C in 1910. His 1908 records are incomplete, but they show him hitting .161 that season in 416 at-bats. He batted .297 in 113 games in 1909, then hit .297 again in 100 games the next year. He split the 1911 season between Class-B Springfield of the Three-I League and Buffalo of the Class-A Eastern League. He hit .285 in 81 games that season. He’s credited with seven extra-base hits in 22 games with Buffalo. Groh was a seldom-used bench player for the 1912 New York Giants, getting into 27 games all season, with 12 starts total at three positions. He hit well in his limited time, batting .271/.375/.354 in 56 plate appearances. In 1913, he was one of three players (plus cash) sent to the Cincinnati Reds for veteran pitcher Art Fromme. Groh played four games for the 1913 Giants prior to the trade, then saw regular action at second base with the Reds after the deal. He hit .281 with 51 runs scored, 27 extra-base hits, 48 RBIs, 24 steals and a .725 OPS in 121 games. In 1914, he batted .288 with 59 runs, 24 extra-base hits, 24 steals, 64 walks and a .749 OPS in 139 games. He received mild MVP support that season for the only time in his career, finishing 21st in the voting.
In 1915, Groh led the league with 160 games played. He batted .290 with 72 runs, 32 doubles, nine triples, 50 RBIs and a .745 OPS. He batted .269 over 149 games in 1916, with 85 runs, 24 doubles, 14 triples, a .744 OPS, and 84 walks, which was a career high and it led the league in free passes. In 1917, Groh led the league with 156 games, 685 plate appearances, 182 hits (career high), 39 doubles (career high) and a .385 OBP. He hit .304 with 53 RBIs, 71 walks and a .796 OPS that season. In 1918, he led the league in runs scored (86), doubles (28) and OBP (.395). He batted .320 with 54 walks and a .791 OPS. He also briefly managed the Reds for ten games that season, putting together a 7-3 record during his only big league managerial experience. Groh led the league in OPS (.823) in 1919 thanks to a .310 average, 56 walks and 33 extra-base hits in 122 games, helping push the Cincinnati Reds to a title in the controversial Black Sox World Series. He had 79 runs and a career high 63 RBIs that season. He batted .298 with 86 runs, 28 doubles, 12 triples, 60 walks and a .768 OPS in 145 games in 1920. In his last season with the Reds in 1921, he hit a career high .331 in 97 games, finishing with 54 runs, 25 extra-base hits, 48 RBIs, 22 steals and an .815 OPS. He was a contract holdout that year until signing on June 1st, with the understanding that the Reds would trade him. After the season, he was traded to the Giants for two players and $150,000 cash.
When the Giants won the 1922 World Series, Groh hit .474 in the postseason and scored four runs in the five-game series. His regular season performance that year was down from his normal. He hit .265 with 63 runs, 51 RBIs, 53 walks and a .703 OPS in 115 games. In 1923, the Giants returned to the World Series for the third straight time during a four-year run of NL pennant wins. Groh hit .290 with 91 runs, 31 extra-base hits, 48 RBIs and 60 walks that season. He batted just .182 in the World Series, though he contributed to five runs. In 1924, he hit .281 with 82 runs, 32 doubles, 46 RBIs, 52 walks and a .713 OPS in 145 games. A knee injury put him on the bench during the postseason, where he got a hit in his only at-bat. He spent the 1925 season as a bench player for the Giants, hitting .231/.296/.292 in 72 plate appearances over 25 games. He had a .229 average and a .556 OPS in 12 games for the 1926 Giants, then spent the rest of the season with Toledo of the Double-A American Association (highest level of the minors at the time), where he hit .304 with 27 extra-base hits in 104 games.
Groh opened the 1927 season with Rochester of the Double-A International League, where he hit .319 with 11 extra-base hits in 55 games. He was named the team manager in mid-June, only to be traded to the Boston Braves two weeks later. Instead of accepting the trade, he bought his own release from Rochester, then signed with the Pirates two days later. He hit .286/.324/.314 in 37 plate appearances over 14 games in Pittsburgh. He returned to the minors in 1928, and played until 1932, serving three of those seasons as a player-manager. Groh dropped down to Charlotte of the Class-B South Atlantic League and hit .333 in 68 games in 1928. He batted .317 for Hartford of the Class-A Eastern League in 90 games in 1929, then hit .329 in 96 games for Canton of the Class-B Central League in 1930. His last two seasons were spent with Binghamton of the Class-B New York-Penn League, where he hit .338 in 112 games in 1931, and .247 in 45 games in 1932. He finished his big league career with a .292 average, 918 runs, 308 doubles, 87 triples, 26 homers, 566 RBIs, 180 steals and a 696:345 BB/SO ratio in 1,676 games. Groh never came close to getting elected to the Hall of Fame, but he did get votes in eight different years. His brother Lew Groh played for the 1919 Philadelphia Athletics.