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Jerry Grote Autographed Mets Grey Baseball Jersey #1, JSA

THIS IS FOR AN AUTOGRAPHED CUSTOM MADE METS BASEBALL JERSEY
SIGNED BY JERRY GROTE
THIS JERSEY COMES WITH A HOLOGRAM COA FROM JAMES SPENCE, JSA
THIS JERSEY IS A SIZE X-LARGE
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THIS IS FOR AN AUTOGRAPHED CUSTOM MADE METS BASEBALL JERSEY
SIGNED BY JERRY GROTE
THIS JERSEY COMES WITH A HOLOGRAM COA FROM JAMES SPENCE, JSA
THIS JERSEY IS A SIZE X-LARGE
EVERYTHING ON THIS JERSEY IS STITCHED AND SEWN ON
THIS WOULD BE A GREAT GIFT FOR ANY MLB FAN COME GAMEDAY
Gerald Wayne Grote (born October 6, 1942) is an American former professional baseball player. He played the majority of his Major League Baseball career as a catcher for the New York Mets and was regarded as one of the best defensive catchers of his era.[1][2]
Grote was raised in San Antonio, Texas. When he was ten years old, he and his family were caught in an F-4 tornado. His mother, father and two sisters made it to safety, however, he lost his grandmother in the storm.[3] Grote attended Douglas MacArthur High School, where he played on the baseball team as a pitcher, catcher and third baseman.[4] As a high school pitcher, he threw a no-hitter and a one hitter.[4] Grote played for Trinity University in 1962, and led the Tigers in batting average (.413), home runs (five), RBI (19), runs (29), and hits (31).
After one season at Trinity University, Grote was signed as an amateur free agent by the Houston Colt .45s in 1962, and was assigned to play for their minor league affiliate, the San Antonio Bullets.[4] At the age of 20, he made his major league debut with the Colt .45s on September 21, 1963 as a late-inning defensive replacement for John Bateman, and hit a sacrifice fly to score Bob Aspromonte in his only at-bat.[6] For the season he appeared in three games, including on September 27, when every starter in the Colts’ line-up was a rookie.[7]
In 1964, Grote platooned with Bateman behind the plate; however, the Colts also experimented with young catchers Dave Adlesh and John Hoffman, as neither Grote nor Bateman hit for a very high average that season (.181 and .190, respectively).[4] Grote was the Colts’ catcher on April 23, when Ken Johnson became the first pitcher in major league history to lose a complete game no-hitter in nine innings.[8]
In 1965, the newly renamed Houston Astros remained unsettled behind the plate, with former All-Star Gus Triandos and prospect Ron Brand being added to the mix. Grote spent the entire season with Houston’s Triple A Pacific Coast League affiliate, the Oklahoma City 89ers, where he batted .265 with eleven home runs. At the end of the season, he was traded to the New York Mets for pitcher Tom Parsons.[9]
Grote became the starting catcher for the Mets immediately upon his arrival in New York. Though he batted only .237 with three home runs in 1966, his handling of the Mets’ young pitchers and his solid defensive skills were instrumental in helping the Mets avoid 100 losses and a last place finish for the first time in franchise history.[10] Grote earned a reputation with his teammates and opponents as highly competitive, developing the trademark of rolling the ball to the far side of the pitcher’s mound (closest to the Mets’ dugout) while leaving the field after his pitcher ended an inning with a strikeout. This necessitated the opposing team’s pitcher having to walk further to stoop and retrieve the ball.
In 1968, Grote was hitting over .300 at mid-season and was recognized as one of the top catchers in the National League when he was selected to be the starting catcher in the 1968 All-Star Game.[11][12] He became only the second Met player in franchise history after Ron Hunt to earn a starting role in an All-Star game.[13] Grote was hitless in two at-bats during the game.[12] He ended the year with a .282 batting average along with three home runs and 31 runs batted in.[1]
The 1969 season would be a memorable one for Grote and the Mets. The Chicago Cubs had been in first place since the beginning of the season and had a nine-game lead as late as August 15.[14] However, the Cubs began to falter while the Mets continued to play well. When the two teams met for a two-game series on September 8, the Mets won both games to move just a half game behind the Cubs.[15] Aside from calling Tom Seaver’s five-hit pitching performance in the second game, Grote drove in the Mets’ seventh and final run of the game.[16] The following day, the Mets swept the Montreal Expos in a doubleheader, with Grote catching all 21 innings. Coupled with a Cubs loss, the Mets moved into first place for the first time in their history. The Mets stayed in the lead for the rest of the season, finishing with a 37-11 record in their final 48 games while the Cubs slumped to a 9-17 record in their final 26 games, and clinched the National League Eastern Division title on September 24.[17][18]
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