From SABR member Michael Clair at MLB.com on March 19, 2020:
He skipped right over the Minor Leagues. He won an MVP Award and two World Series. But to this day, Dick Groat still swears he was playing his second-best sport.
“I had drawbacks in baseball that I never had in basketball,” Groat told MLB.com. “First of all, I couldn’t run. I’m still looking for my first infield hit,” he said with a laugh.
Before Deion Sanders, before Bo Jackson, long before Kyler Murray was even born, Groat had a chance to become the next American two-sport star. Instead, his career went down as one of sports’ greatest what-ifs — and we have Branch Rickey to blame.
First, though, we need to talk about Groat’s basketball career.
Read the full article here: https://www.mlb.com/news/dick-groat-could-have-been-two-sport-star
- Related link: Read our SABR biography of Dick Groat, by Joseph Wancho
Originally published: March 19, 2020. Last Updated: March 19, 2020.