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Mike Hargrove

Inducted 2008
First Baseman/Manager 1979-1985, 1991-1999

Grover, or the "Human Rain Delay" as he was affectionately known by Cleveland fans, wore the Indians uniform as both a player and a manager.

Originally a member of the Texas Rangers, Hargrove had earned a Rookie of the Year award and an All-Star game appearance before joining the Tribe in 1979. For the next seven years, Grover played in 888 games, batting .292 for the Tribe.

Many fans remember Hargrove as the manager behind the resurgence of the Indians franchise in the 1990s. Taking over for John McNamara in 1991, Hargrove presided over a team that went 57-105 in his first season. However, the team soon saw rapid improvement, and in 1995 the team reached its first postseason since 1954, eventually reaching the World Series. Grover's 1997 squad also advanced to the World Series, and he was honored as the manager of the American League All-Star team in both seasons.

Indians teams managed by Hargrove won two American League pennants, five consecutive American League Central Division titles and had a record of 721-591. Grover ranks among the greatest Cleveland managers, with his win total second only to Lou Boudreau's 728, and his winning percentage of .550 is third in team history.

Since 2011, Hargrove has been serving the ball club as a Special Advisor.

  • POSITION: First Baseman
  • BATS: Left
  • THROWS: Left
  • HEIGHT: 6'0"
  • WEIGHT: 195
  • BORN: October 26, 1949 in Perryton, TX
  • DEBUT: April 7, 1974
  • FINAL GAME: October 6, 1985
Indians Career Statistics
888 2945 388 860 33 383 505 257 14 .292 .396 .382