Sport: Little Lefthander

To a baseball scout, the ideal pitcher is a rangy, muscular six-footer who can rear back and burn the ball across the plate all afternoon. Such a man was Lefty ("Old Mose") Grove (6 ft. 1½in., 170 Ibs.), the pitcher who in 1931 won 31 games (four losses) for the Philadelphia Athletics. When the Athletics' Scout Ira Thomas, still in search of a new-day Grove, took a look at stocky (5 ft. 7 in., 143 Ibs.) Bobby Shantz, he echoed other scouting reports on the little lefthander: "The general opinion is that Shantz is too small." But, added the baffled scout:...

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