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Jim Grove

When it comes to Akron area senior softball and baseball players, there may not be a more adept athlete than Jim Grove. The 61-year-old has parlayed a playing career on the diamond to the pinnacle of his two sports. As shortstop for the Akron Silver Masters, Grove helped his team win 11 of 53 regional tournaments, participate in 21 national tournaments and capture the 1998 International Senior Softball Association (ISSA), the 2000 Senior Players Association (SPA) and the 2001 Independent Softball Association (ISA) national titles. Grove batted .739, was named Most Valuable Offensive Player and was named to the all-star team at the 2000 SPA Tournament and earned All-World first-team honors with at 2001 ISSA and the 2001 ISA with batting averages of .667 and .652, respectively. "On the spur of the moment, I decided in 2001 to try baseball again," Grove said. "I contacted Tom Giffen, President and Owner of Roy Hobbs Baseball, and he put me in touch with a team out of Minneapolis." With Grove batting .350 and at shortstop, the Minnesota Stars marched through the Classic Division (58+ years of age) to capture the Roy Hobbs World Series Championship in Ft. Myers, FL. Grove plans to reunite with his Minneapolis teammates when they defend their championship. Grove, who was born in New Kensington, PA and came to the Akron area at the age of 11, has been involved with athletics his whole life. He lettered in both basketball and baseball at Akron North High School and played softball and basketball in East Akron church leagues for many years, winning several championships including a state basketball title. For 20 years he coached sons, Jeff and Jason, in the West Akron Baseball League and he has served as chief statistician for The University of Akron football and basketball teams for 32 years. Grove, who plans to continue to compete as long as he is able, has played six years of softball and two years of basketball in the Akron Silver League and three years in the Greater Summit Senior Golf Association.

Inducted 2002 | Baseball, Softball