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Connie Grob

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Conrad George Grob

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Connie Grob pitched only one season in the majors, with the Washington Senators in 1956, but got into 37 games and pitched 79 1/3 innings in that season. The results weren't so hot, as he finished the year with a 7.83 ERA and gave up a whopping 121 hits, but his record of 4-5 with one save wasn't so bad, given the Senators went 59-95 that season and just about everyone on the pitching staff had a high ERA (although not so high as Connie's). He was 23 years old during his major league year, a year younger than teammate Whitey Herzog.

Connie started out in the minors in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization, going 24-5 for the Sheboygan Indians in 1952. Grob missed the 1953 and 1954 seasons due to military service.

After he went 11-9 for the Mobile Bears in 1955, he came to the majors in 1956 after being selected in the 1955 Rule V Draft. He continued to pitch in the minors through 1965, winning over 100 games during his minor league career. In 1962 he was a teammate of Phil Niekro with the Louisville Colonels (Connie won 14 while Phil won 9). During his later years, he played for the Oklahoma City 89ers where he was a teammate of Rusty Staub and Jimmy Wynn.

There is a memorial to Grob at a ballpark in Ashton, WI, a town where he ran a tavern and also played local baseball. A photo of the memorial can be seen here.

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