George Grantham

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George Grantham
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1933 Goudey baseball card of Grantham
Second baseman
Born: (1900-05-20)May 20, 1900
Galena, Kansas
Died: March 16, 1954(1954-03-16) (aged 53)
Kingman, Arizona
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 1922 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
July 26, 1934 for the New York Giants
Career statistics
Batting average .302
Home runs 105
Runs batted in 712
Teams
Career highlights and awards

George Farley "Boots" Grantham (May 20, 1900 in Galena, Kansas – March 16, 1954 in Kingman, Arizona) was a Major League second baseman who played for the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Giants between 1922 and 1934.

He attended Flagstaff High School and Northern Arizona University. After making his debut for the Cubs in the final week of the 1922 season, Grantham became an everyday player in 1923 and put up some impressive numbers. He had 160 hits with a whopping 666 plate appearances, was second in the National League with 43 stolen bases (also getting caught stealing a league-high 28 times), and was second in the NL in doubles with 36.

Grantham then hit .300 or better in every season through 1931. He was traded by the Cubs after the 1924 season to the Pirates in a six-player swap that sent future Hall of Famer Rabbit Maranville to Chicago, and ended up playing for the Pirates in the 1925 and 1927 World Series. He hit .364 in the '27 Series against what some consider the greatest Major League team of all time, the '27 Yankees. That was also an outstanding Pittsburgh team, Grantham playing alongside four future Hall of Famers (Kiki Cuyler, Pie Traynor and brothers Lloyd and Paul Waner).

He won a championship with the Pirates two years earlier. They defeated Washington Senators ace Walter Johnson in the decisive Game 7 of the 1925 World Series, much of which was played in a torrential rain, 9-7 with five runs in the final two innings. It would be Pittsburgh's last World Series title until 1960.

In his career, Grantham had 1,508 hits with a lifetime average of .302.

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