#1: LHP Lefty Grove
The most famous left-hander is A’s history would have to be Lefty Grove, who began his career with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1925. He was a six-time All-Star and two-time World Series Champion, winning with the A’s in 1925 and 1933.
His best years came in 1930 and 1931, when he won the pitching Triple Crown by leading the league in ERA, wins and strikeouts. Those seasons were part of four seasons in which he led the league in wins, nine seasons in which he led the league in ERA, and seven seasons in which he led in strikeouts.
Grove is considered one of the best pitchers not just in Athletics history, but in baseball history. In his 17-year career, he maintained a 3.06 ERA and a 300-141 record in nearly 4,000 innings of work. After nine years with the Athletics, Grove finished his career with eight seasons with the Boston Red Sox that included five of his six All-Star appearances.
In 1947, he was elected to the Hall of Fame by the voters, after a career that included winning the 1931 MVP following one of his two Triple Crown seasons. Grove is the greatest pitcher to ever take the mound in an Athletics’ uniform, and too often he’s forgotten because he played so long ago. He has earned the number one spot on this list.
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