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Born: July 02, 1888 in Osgood, Indiana
Died: October 19, 1964 in Daytona Beach, Florida
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Grover Hartley
This article was written by Mike Cooney and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Butcher, baker, candlestick maker best describes the baseball life of Grover Allen Hartley. He did it all.

Baseball player, coach, manager, umpire, union organizer, business manager, owner, fireman – that was Grover Hartley. Loved, beloved, hated, and scorned - that was also Grover Hartley.

Hartley was born July 2, 1888, on a farm near Splashville, Indiana, a small unincorporated town 65 miles southeast of Indianapolis and 65 miles west of Cincinnati. Raised on the farm, he had only two things on his mind, and education wasn’t one of them. Each Saturday after he finished his chores around the farm he would walk the three miles into nearby Osgood, Indiana, to watch the Osgood town team play baseball. Hartley soon became enamored with the game. While still in his early teenage years he vowed  he would be a member of the Osgood town team or break a leg trying for it.

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