February 24, 1907|
|Died: December 22, 1980
|April 23, 1929, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 1937, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs batted in||251|
Early minor league career
Grace's professional baseball career began in 1925, playing for the Lincoln Links and Little Rock Travelers. After playing for the Muskogee Athletics in 1926, Grace did not play professionally in 1927. He played for the Travelers again in 1928, then was signed by the Chicago Cubs organization, where he started the season with the Reading Keystones.
Major league career
Grace made his major league debut for the Chicago Cubs in 1929, playing in 27 games and batting .250. After a season back in the minor leagues with the Keystones, he returned to the Cubs for 7 games in 1931 before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for fellow catcher Rollie Hemsley.
After batting .280 in 47 games for the Pirates after the trade, Grace was made the Pirates' regular catcher in 1932. He finished the season having committed only 1 error in 413 total chances, to establish a National League fielding record with a .998 fielding percentage, breaking the record set by Shanty Hogan just one year earlier. Over the next three seasons, Grace's playing time decreased in favor of Tom Padden, and after the 1935 season, he was traded along with pitcher Claude Passeau for another fellow catcher, Al Todd.
Grace played two seasons for the Phillies, splitting time with Jimmy Wilson and Bill Atwood, Grace was traded a third time. Like each of the previous two trades, he was traded for another catcher, this time to the St. Louis Browns for Cap Clark. However, Grace never played for the Browns after the trade. Instead, he returned to minor league baseball, splitting the 1938 season between the Minneapolis Millers and the Columbus Red Birds. He continued to play in the minors until 1940.
- "Shanty Hogan Sent Back To Boston Braves". The Telegraph-Herald and Times-Journal. Associated Press. 30 December 1932. p. 9. Retrieved 6 June 2012.