30. Lefty Grove

Lefty Grove became a star in the major leagues with the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox, winning 300 games in his 17-year Major League baseball career. One of the greatest left-handed pitchers in major league history, Grove led the American League in wins in four separate seasons, in strikeouts seven years in a row, and had the league's lowest earned run average a record nine times.


Lefty Grove’s Hall of Fame career might not have had happened if Lefty had not visited Hot Springs.


In early 1935 after a sore arm ruined his 1934 season Grove spent three weeks in the Spa City before spring training. Every day his training regimen included workouts, golf, and a full course of hot baths. He went from a 6-6 record with a 6.50 E.R.A. in 1934 to a 20 and 12 record in 1935 with a 2.70 E.R.A.


Again in 1938 Grove suffered a “dead arm” in the middle of the season. Before the next season Lefty returned to Hot Springs and resumed taking the hot baths and his previous workout schedule. 

The following year, 1939, Lefty Grove finished the season with a 15 and 4 record and a league leading E.R.A. of 2.54.


Hall of Famer Lefty Grove recaptured the old magic not once but twice in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.