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Dick Groat's 40 Years Of Broadcasting Pitt Basketball Has Come To An End

The college basketball Hall of Famer and MLB MVP has spent 40 years behind the mic for the Panthers

March 13, 2019 - 4:08 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Pitt basketball’s ACC Championship dreams came to an end Wednesday night and with it Dick Groat’s broadcast career.

Groat, who is 88, just completed his 40th and last season as the color commentator for Pitt hoops..

Earlier this season, Groat and play-by-play man Bill Hillgrove celebrated their 40th season together. Their partnership is the longest in NCAA Division I history.

Groat’s career in basketball began at Duke where he was a two-time All-American and in 2011 was inducted into the college basketball Hall of Fame.

The Wilkinsburg native also played for the Pirates and was the National League’s MVP in 1960, the year the Bucs beat the Yankees in the World Series.

The short stop had a .325 average and was also the batting champion that year.

Groat won another World Series in 1964 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Groat also played one season in the NBA with the Fort Wayne Pistons making him one of only 13 other people to play in both Major League Baseball and Professional Basketball.

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