Men's Basketball & Baseball 1949-52
2009 Southern Conference Hall of Fame Inductee
Dick Groat is the only member of the SoCon's inaugural Hall of Fame class to be inducted based upon his performance in two sports. He was a truly great basketball player, earning first-team All-American honors as a junior and senior at Duke while being named the Conference's Player of the Year.
In 1952, he became the first and only player to ever lead the nation in both scoring and assists. That same year, he was named the national Player of the Year by the Helms Foundation. He was the first Blue Devil basketball player to have his uniform number retired.
On the baseball diamond, Groat was an outstanding infielder who led Duke to a berth in the 1952 College World Series. He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates upon graduation and went straight to the major leagues. In 14 seasons in the majors, he was a five-time All-Star and was named MVP of the National League in 1960.
He played on two World Series champion teams,the Pirates in 1960 and the Cardinals in 1964 and was elected to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.