Howdy Groskloss

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Howdy Groskloss
Second baseman
Born: (1906-04-10)April 10, 1906
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died: July 15, 2006(2006-07-15) (aged 100)
Vero Beach, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 23, 1930, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1932, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Batting average .261
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 21

Howard Hoffman "Howdy" Groskloss (April 10, 1906 – July 15, 2006) was an American professional baseball player. He played all or part of three seasons in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1930–32), primarily as a second baseman. Groskloss batted and threw right-handed.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of an opera singer, Groskloss graduated from Amherst College in 1930 and later attended Yale University while playing for the Pirates. In 1937, he became a doctor and practiced as a gynecologist in Miami, Florida for more than 25 years. He also was a flight surgeon in the Navy during World War II.

Groskloss was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues with Pittsburgh. Among his teammates were Pie Traynor, Arky Vaughan, Gus Suhr, and the brothers Lloyd and Paul Waner. In a three-season career, Groskloss posted a .261 batting average with 21 RBI and 14 runs in 72 games.

Groskloss died in Vero Beach, Florida, at the age of 100. At the time of his death, he was recognized as the oldest living former major league player. He was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Miami, Florida.[1]


  • Diplomat, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • International College of Surgeons (ICS)


  1. ^ "Howard H. "Howdy" Groskloss". Obituaries and Death Notices. TC Palm. 2006-07-18. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 

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Preceded by
Ray Cunningham
Oldest recognized verified living baseball player
July 30, 2005 – July 15, 2006
Succeeded by
Rollie Stiles