Dick Groat, a Pittsburgh Pirates legend and native son, died at age 92.
Groat passed away at UPMC Presby Hospital Thursday morning from complications related to a stroke. Sadly, Groat passed away shortly after Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 announced that he would be inducted into the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame in 2023.
A baseball player for the Pirates in 1960, he was more than just a player.
Wilkinsburg native earned two All-American honors while playing basketball for Duke University.
His basketball career was shortened by his stint in the military, which led to his selection in the 1952 NBA draft. In the end, he had to decide between baseball and basketball due to the Pirates’ demands.
Fortunately for the Buccos, Dick Groat chose baseball and played a number of seasons for them.
Groat won two World Series championships with the Pirates in 1960 and 1964.
It was announced a few days ago that Groat had been inducted into the Pirates’ Hall of Fame.
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