"Lefty" Grove holds his 1931 Most Valuable Player award with manager Connie Mack, Shibe Park, Philadelphia, PA, August 16, 1932.
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Grove Shows Trophy to Connie Mack 1932

Credit: Image Donated by Corbis - Bettmann

When star pitcher Lefty Grove showed his 1931 "Most Valuable Player" award with manager Connie Mack for the press in August 1932, the Philadelphia Athletics were the best team in the American League. Grove had led the Athletics to the World Series for three years in a row. In the years that followed, however, Mack sold off his best players to cut expenses, and the once great team plunged from as record of 107-45 in 1931 a horrid record 51-102 in 1936.

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