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Howdy Groskloss

Howard Hoffman Groskloss
Born: April 10, 1906 in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Died: July 15, 2006 in Vero Beach, Fla.
Debut: 1930 | Pos: 2B/SS
H: 5’9″ | W: 176 | B: R | T: R

3 72 184 14 48 0 21 1 .261

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Howdy Groskloss, who died on July 15, 2006, at the age of 100, was the oldest living former Major League player at the time of his death.

Groskloss played for the Pirates from 1930 to 1932. He hit .261 in his career with 21 RBI and a stolen base. His best season came in 1931 when he played in 53 games and his .280 with 20 RBI.

According to published reports, Groskloss was believed to have been the first “bonus baby” when he signed with the Pirates in 1930. He used his $10,000 signing bonus to pay off his mother’s house.

After baseball, he attended Yale for a medical degree. According to reports, he turned down the chance to be a Rhodes Scholar because it did not cover medical degrees. He worked as flight surgeon during World War II and later helped to found the medical school at the University of Miami. He worked as a gynecologist in Miami for more than 25 years and was considered a pioneer in the use of ultrasound technology.