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Steve Gromek

Stephen Joseph Gromek
Born: Jan. 15, 1920 in Hamtramch, Mich. 
Died: March 12, 2002 in Clinton Township, Mich.
Debut: 1941 | Pos: P
Ht: 6’2″ | Wt: 180 | B: B | T: R

17 123 108 447 23 2064.2 904 3.41

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Steve Gromek spent 17 years in the majors, pitching his way to a 123-108 record with the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. In 1948, he started Game 4 of the World Series and out-dueled Johnny Sain to a 3-1 win for the Indians.

The game included a moment that set a tone for baseball race relations. Gromek was photographed giving Larry Doby a hug after he hit a home run. 

Historical experts say the photo was “considered a landmark in what was then only the second year of the integration of baseball.”

Larry Doby said he would “always cherish that photograph and the memory of Gromek hugging me and me hugging him, because it proved that emotions can be put into a form not based on skin color.” 

Gromek’s pitching career started after he injured his left shoulder and could no longer play shortstop. 

In 1945, he appeared in the All-Star game and finished the season at 19-9. 

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