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Richard M. "Dick" Groat
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/14/2005
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After earning All-America honors in basketball and baseball at Duke, Dick Groat went on to become one of he best shortstops in major league baseball. He played for 14 years, spending most of that time with the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1960 he led the Pirates to a World Series title while leading the league in batting with a .325 average.  Groat was named the Most Valuable Player of the National League in 1960, made five all-star teams and won two World Series rings with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1960) and St. Louis Cardinals (1964). His lifetime major league batting average was .286.

Groat posted a career batting average of .375 at Duke and led Duke to its first College World Series appearance in 1952.

On the hardwood, Groat is one of 13 Duke men’s basketball players to have his jersey number (#10) retired. He ranks second in Duke history with an average of 23.0 points per game and 17th with 1,886 total points. The 1952 National Player of the Year, Groat was also a two-time All-America and a two-time All-Southern Conference member.

Groat was enshrined into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 and inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame on July 4, 2011. Groat was also a part of the inaugural class inducted into the Southern Conference Hall of Fame in 2009.

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