Dick Groat Rest in Peace

Don Wassall

Staff member
Sep 30, 2004
Groat had an outstanding baseball career and was also the third overall pick of the 1952 NBA draft and played for the Fort Wayne Pistons before serving in the military for two years and then becoming strictly a baseball player. He was a fixture in sports in the Pittsburgh area all of his life and was a true gentleman. He was the NL MVP in 1960. I wonder how many players from that legendary 1960 Pirates team are still alive now besides Bill Mazeroski. The Pirates won their first pennant since 1927 that year and then beat the powerhouse Yankees despite being heavily outscored in the three games the Yankees won before Mazeroski hit a homerun in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 to win the Series. Pittsburgh residents celebrated big time downtown, with pictures showing almost all of them to be White. If the Pirates ever win again the demographic celebrating will be much different as few Whites would feel safe enough to partake these days.

RIP Dick Groat