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Thank you for finding us! Lots have changed for Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland. For one, our name… it is different. Two, our logo, yep – we changed that too. Third, our website, yes, we went and redesigned and launched something new. And, finally the Blog. We decided while so many changes were happening, we might as well give this space a facelift too. Our Blog is now merged with our new website. And, do not worry, all of the content you came here to find, it just moved locations to our new space.

So give us a visit why don’t you. Digitally and in-person. The Mountain Side of Maryland is something magical and it is hard to resist when the Mountains are calling!

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Summer of Heritage – Heritage Tourism – Allegany County, Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Allegany County Office of Tourism
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD  21502
aworkman@alleganygov.org 
www.mdmountainside.com

Allegany County Tourism Launches NEW Summer of Heritage Tourism Campaign 
Campaign will focus on history and heritage centered events

June 7, 2018 – CUMBERLAND, MD – Allegany County Tourism has announced a new tourism campaign – the Summer of Heritage, which is aimed at promoting the many special events that celebrate our region’s rich history and heritage. The Summer of Heritage will kick off with George Washington’s Whiskey Rebellion Celebration and the 50th Annual Heritage Days Festival, June 8-10, 2018, in Cumberland, Maryland, and will end with the Appalachian Festival, held September 15, 2018, at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland.

“Our community does a great job at celebrating the many historical ties that connect our region to American history,” said Ashli Workman, director of tourism.

Our region’s very foundation and history is tied to our geographical location and east to west route. The National Road, the C&O Canal, the B&O Railroad, and the coal mining industry transformed our quiet valleys into bustling cities as transportation evolved. But, the story doesn’t stop here. George Washington made three memorable journeys to Western Maryland from 1748 and 1756; the United States first coal and coke-fueled furnace produced 75 tons of iron a week in Lonaconing, Maryland; quite possibly the best left-handed pitcher of all-time, Lefty Grove, was also born and raised in Allegany County; and the Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s tunnels, which once served British troops, became a mode for transporting escaped slaves in the Underground Railroad.

“One aspect of tourism’s role is product development and storytelling, and when we took a step back and looked at all the special events happening in Allegany County, we identified a common theme that supported heritage tourism,” said Workman. “These seven events highlight, celebrate, and engage the community with pieces of Allegany County’s history and heritage.”

The Summer of Heritage encourages visitors to show up, stay the night, and spend money in Allegany County, Maryland, by attending a variety of history and heritage-focused special events.

Summer of Heritage events include:

  • George Washington’s Whiskey Rebellion – June 8-10, 2018
  • 50th Annual Heritage Days Festival – June 9-10, 2018
  • Oldtown SummerFest – June 16-17, 2018
  • Coney Days – June 25 – July 5, 2018
  • River and Rails Festival – September 7-9, 2018
  • Iron Rail Days – September 8-9, 2018
  • Appalachian Festival – September 15, 2018

For more information on the Summer of Heritage, please visit www.mdmountainside.com.

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Allegany County Tourism
Allegany County Tourism is the official tourism office for Allegany County, Maryland. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options, and community events can be found at www.mdmountainside.com. Tourism supports 3,600 jobs in Allegany County, generates $160 million in visitor spending and $47 million in tourism tax revenues. Source: Tourism Economics

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Unveiling of 14th Edition - TrailGuide_Cumberland-MD
For Immediate Release
Bryan Perry, Allegheny Trail Alliance
(724) 309-9334
bperry@gaptrail.org

Ashli Workman, Allegany County Tourism
(301) 876-9595
aworkman@alleganygov.org

TrailGuide Unveils 14th Edition Guide Featuring Cumberland, Maryland, on Cover
Newly-Released, Official Planning Guide to C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage

 Homestead, PA – (May 22, 2018):   The City of Cumberland, Maryland, is featured on the cover of the 14th edition of TrailGuide, the Official Guide to the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage.  The colorful shot, looking up downtown Baltimore Street, through the outdoor Farmers’ Market, and up to the historical Emmanuel Episcopal Church, captures the spirit of Cumberland, a bike-friendly, historical, and arts-rich city.  Known to travelers as “the connection,” Cumberland is the meeting for two trails – the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and C&O Canal Towpath, which connects Pittsburgh, PA, and Washington, DC, over 333-miles of a non-motorized corridor.

“We think that Cumberland’s reputation as a world-class trail town makes it worthy of representing the best of the C&O Canal Towpath and the GAP, which is one reason why it was selected as the cover city,” said Doug Riegner, Director of Community Relations for the Allegheny Trail Alliance.   “We’re also pleased that TrailGuide features maps and directories for all cities along the trails, and helps thousands of travelers explore trail town communities.”

Ashli Workman, Director of Tourism in Allegany County, MD, added, “Being a cover feature could not have come at a better time for our community. Cumberland was recently named a ‘Top Adventure Town’ by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, and we credit the abundance of outdoor adventure within our region, including the GAP Trail and the C&O Canal Towpath, to our award.” Workman also shared, “The GAP and C&O Towpath are tourism assets that drive visitors and economic growth to our region.”

The Allegheny Trail Alliance produces the 240-page TrailGuide annually, distributing over 7,500 copies, and uses proceeds from its sale to repair and maintain both trails in conjunction with local trail groups like Mountain Maryland Trails and the C&O Canal National Historic Park.  TrailGuide is available at www.GAPtrail.org, Amazon, and at many local bike shops or visitor centers.  The cover photo was taken by We are the Richards photography, based in Homestead, PA.

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About the Allegheny Trail Alliance
The Allegheny Trail Alliance is a coalition of trail owners and trail groups that built and now steward the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile rail-trail connecting Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD.  The Great Allegheny Passage is the longest rail-trail in the eastern U.S. and welcomed over a million visits in 2016.  It connects with the historic C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland, allowing cyclists and hikers to complete a 333-mile journey to Washington, DC.  For trip-planning ideas, visit www.GAPtrail.org.

Allegany County Tourism
Allegany County Tourism is the official tourism office for Allegany County, Maryland. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options, and community events can be found at www.mdmountainside.com. Tourism supports 3,600 jobs in Allegany County, generates $160 million in visitor spending and $47 million in tourism tax revenues. Source: Tourism Economics

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Continuing to celebrate National Bike Month, Allegany County Tourism asked avid local cycler, Larry Brock, “Why do you enjoy cycling in Mountain Maryland?” Here is what he had to share…
I have had the privilege of riding my bikes in all 50 states of the United States. When people find that out,  I am often asked, ‘Where is your favorite?’ My comment is the routes of my home in Allegany County, Mountain Maryland. Because of my passion for biking, you will usually find me Downtown and on our trails, talking to and assisting fellow riders.  Touring cyclists share their love for our region and my hometown of Cumberland, Maryland, as they ride the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), the favorite cycling route of many locals and tourists alike.

The road riding here is even better. We have short 20-mile routes like our Mt. Savage Loop, and we have more challenging routes like the Martin’s Mountain LoopIf you are looking for a challenging yet meaningful ride, I suggest the 911 Memorial Ridewhich starts in Frostburg, Maryland, and continues into Pennsylvania to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

These routes have low traffic with reasonable surfaces, which makes them appealing, plus the great scenic views and a collection of places to stop and resupply with food and often fresh spring water cannot be missed.

LakeKoone_PennsylvaniaJust last week I rode 22 miles on the Lake Loop and was passed by only 19 cars. And let me just tell you, the views of Lake Gorden and Lake Koone are spectacular.

Redbuds in the Spring, coolly shaded roads in the summer, and beautiful colors in the fall, make any season worth exploring.

A little secret… when I return from any route and make my way into Cumberland, Maryland, I like to stop downtown for something to eat and drink. Uncle Jack’s Pub features a great selection of beer and pizza, and the Queen City Creamery is a great treat, with homemade custard and adult milkshakes.  Starting the course? Well, then a breakfast and coffee at Cafe Mark can make for a good start. Dinner? May I suggest the newly opened The Manhattan Social, which features a deli, steakhouse, and whiskey bar. It is a special treat. These are just a few of the many places to eat in Downtown Cumberland. Spending the night? Well, we have you covered there too!

The routes linked above are all part of an extensive group of beautiful, low-traffic road routes that Allegany County Tourism, Mountain Maryland Trails, and Western Maryland Wheelman are partnering to create for riders.  Download our routes, Here.

Larry J Brock
Cycling advocate, Founding board member of the Great Allegheny Passage, Adventure Cycling tour leader, cycling ambassador and active cyclist over 70.

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In honor of National Bike Month, Allegany County Tourism welcomes quest blogger Brett Showalter to answer the following question:

We all love riding our bike, but what is it about Allegany County that makes riding so much better?

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I will begin with the variety of riding terrain you can find along the way. From the ever-popular rail-trail routes along the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal to the cross country mountain offerings at Rocky Gap State Park, and my personal favorite, the phenomenal rolling road riding a la pavement, stretching throughout the land.

Speaking of the incredible road riding, my second reason Allegany County is a cycling haven is the scarcity of vehicular traffic. Once you leave any of our cityscapes, you spin into the arteries that used to be bustling with vehicular traffic but have since slowed to local residents due to I-68 carrying the transportation load for us.
BrettShowalter_Cycling_AlleganyCountyMD Riding along the pavement will carry you to my third reason on the list, which is the beautiful scenic routes introducing you to amazing views. In the valleys, you will find busy streams occupied with fisherman, a wide array of friendly critters, and plentiful vegetation. The true show stealers are the summits that you arrive upon after putting in many pedal strokes of hard effort. Wills Mountain, Dan’s Rock, and Iron’s Mountain are a few of my favorites along the journey. I enjoy hopping out of the saddle for a few moments to hydrate and breathe in the amazing scene that you have just put yourself in the middle of.

Quenching my thirst brings me to my number four reason on the list, which is the convenience of nutrition along the way. While pedaling throughout Allegany County, there are locations along the way with natural springs to drink cold, clean water. In the middle of a long, hot summer ride, it is nice to have an oasis to reach for while watching the pavement bubble. Spread throughout the hills are also many convenience stores, both small and large. Grabbing a drink refill and snack can be a real ride saver if you miscalculate what you need for the day. There are plenty of hidden places for amazing baked goods, refreshing adult beverages, and shade scattered amongst the land. My personal hotspots are Baltimore Street Grill for the outdoor dining and post ride recovery meals, the Frostburg Freeze for ice cream and fried anything, and the Corner Tavern and Café for post ride rehydration of the caffeine and adult blend.
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My final and most important reason to cycle in Allegany County is…..mountains; they just make everything better! After the hard effort, you put into every climb, you reach a picturesque vista, followed by a long and winding descent to catch your breath. Allegany County has cycling clubs and teams to ride with, thoughtful motorists who acknowledge cyclists, and friendly faces to greet you during and after your ride. This place that I call home is truly the cycling haven that no one knows about unless you are in the know.
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Meet the Guest Blogger!
Brett Showalter, Cumberland, MD
Brett Showalter was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, where he spends most of his time taking advantage of the wildly beautiful outdoor surroundings. He works for IBM during the day and crushes children’s dreams as a USSF and NFHS soccer referee in his leisure.

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Mom… we know what you need, what you really want this Mother’s Day. It is some YOU time. Some rest and relaxation. Time to get away from it all.

Psst! Hey, Mom, we got 60,000 acres of majestic nature, famous bike trails, historical sights, a diverse food, brewery, and winery scene, and the peace and quiet with your friend Mother Nature.

Say no to fighting the crowds, the lines, and the bumper to bumper traffic. Instead, say yes to birds chirping in the background, cool breezes, and stars that fill the night sky. Say yes to a Mountain Maryland getaway.

MothersDay_AlleganyCountyMD_ToastedGoatWineryWineries!
Wine… need we say more? Allegany County, Maryland, features two locally-owned wineries, The Toasted Goat Winery in Frostburg, MD, and Charis Winery in Cumberland, MD. Both feature a tasting room and wines produced with bottles depicting local ties. The Toasted Goat Winery features artist showcases and many “Made in Maryland” retail items, and Charis Winery sells oils and even distills brandy.

MothersDay_AlleganyCountyMD_GreatAlleghenyPassageBike Trails
We have bike trails, but did we mention they are internationally known? The Great Allegheny Passagewhich celebrates its 40th anniversary this summer, is a 150-mile rail trail from Pittsburgh, PA, to Cumberland, MD, and has been recognized by National Geographic and as a “Top Bike Trail, Everyone Must Ride” by Bicycle Magazine. The C&O Canal Towpath, which stretches 184.5 miles from Washington, DC, to Cumberland, MD, is rich in history and heritage and is part of the National Park Service.

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Photo credit Maryland State Office of Tourism

Scenic Beauty
Hop in a car and let the roads lead you. Green Ridge State Forest boasts seven breathtaking scenic overlooks with views as far as the eye can see. Stop at the Visitor Center when you enter the forest for a self-guided driving map. Town Hill Overlook in Little Orleans, MD, is home to Town Hill B&B, the first tourist hotel built in the state of Maryland. The scenic overlook features three states and seven counties and has become known to the locals at the “Beauty Spot of Maryland.”

MothersDay_AlleganyCountyMD_BoutiqueShoppingBoutique Shopping
Both Frostburg and Cumberland feature boutique shopsowned by our local community. Antiques, record stores, gourmet foods, bookstores, clothing boutiques, and more line our small-town streets. It is a unique experience filled with one-of-a-kind retail items and welcoming people. Besides, when you shop small, you help the local economy.

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Spa & Wellness
Time to take advantage of some much-needed rest and relaxation with one of the many spa and wellness partners in Allegany County, Maryland. The Spa at Rocky Gap Casino Resort is a full-service facility offering a variety of services including classic massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures. Plus, when the service is through, find your self a cocktail and chair beside Lake Habeeb. Looking for something a bit out-of-the-box? Meditation is an important part of our wellbeing, and the Serenity Garden and Labrinth at Allegany College of Maryland is a peaceful place for reflection and meditation.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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DelFest - Cumberland MD

Photo credit: Brad Kuntz Photography.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Allegany County Office of Tourism
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD  21502
P 301-777-ALCO (2526)
aworkman@alleganygov.org
www.mdmountainside.com

Allegany County Tourism Launches MountainMarylandDELuxe.com
The new initiative will serve as a travel-focused resource for festival goers


April 10, 2018 – CUMBERLAND, MD 
– Allegany County Tourism has announced the launch of www.MountainMarylandDELuxe.com, a new travel-focused website to complement the 11th Annual DelFest. Designed and managed by Allegany County Tourism, this new website will serve as a resource for the DelFest festival community as well as a marketing tool to promote the many travel experiences and amenities within our region.

“DelFest provides a great opportunity for Allegany County, Maryland, to sell itself as a true travel destination,” stated Ashli Workman, Director of Allegany County Tourism. “With thousands of festival goers entering our community each year, we launched this website with the idea of providing a convenient customer-service focused approach to travel as well as the opportunity to market ourselves.”

According to High Sierra Music, the production company associated with DelFest, 6,000-8,000 ticket holders attend the festival each year. The new website provides a list of county lodging, dining opportunities, and a things-to-do section promoting community events, outdoor recreation, shopping, and attractions worth exploring as part of the festival experience. The website also features a resources guide with transportation information and lists of nearby gas stations, grocery stores, and beer stores.

“Come early. Stay late. That is our motto with the new website,” added Workman. “We have a lot to offer, and our goal is to capture pre-, post-, and return stays as well as provide in-destination travel resources.”

The 11th Annual DelFest will take place from May 24-27, 2018, and at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland. For more information on the festival lineup and ticket sales, please visit www.delfest.com.

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Allegany County Tourism
Allegany County Tourism is the official tourism office for Allegany County, Maryland. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options, and community events can be found at www.mdmountainside.com. Tourism supports 3,600 jobs in Allegany County, generates $160 million in visitor spending and $47 million in tourism tax revenues. Source: Tourism Economics

DelFest
The festival originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of Del McCoury Music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent with a down-home feeling. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 11th Annual DelFest will offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch and features The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Old Crow Medicine Show, Greensky Bluegrass, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, The Dawg Trio with David Grisman, Sam Bush, Richard Thompson, The Jerry Douglas Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Wood Brothers,  Rhiannon Giddens and more. For more information, please visit, www.delfest.com.

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Visit Mountain Maryland - Allegany County, MD

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Allegany County Office of Tourism
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD  21502
P 301-777-ALCO (2526)
aworkman@alleganygov.org
www.mdmountainside.com

 

Allegany County Tourism Unveils New 2018 Destination Guide

April 3, 2018 – CUMBERLAND, MD – Allegany County Tourism has released its new Visit Mountain Maryland Destination Guide for 2018.

The 68-page, full-color guide showcases Allegany County, Maryland, with visual photography and an editorial approach to the content. The guide features maps of downtown Cumberland and Frostburg, a calendar of events, a lodging and dining guide, and a category-based layout specific to outdoor recreation, the arts, history and heritage, shopping, and things to do.

“Our goal is to inspire travel through destination awareness,” said Ashli Workman, Director of Tourism. “The Destination Guide will celebrate the travel experiences that are worth uncovering in Allegany County.”

New to the guide is its name. “The subtle act of referring to this marketing tool as a Destination Guide, versus a Visitor Guide, speaks to our mission as a Destination Marketing Organization,” added Workman. “Driving overnight guests and increasing visitor spending in Allegany County starts long before they arrive in our market.”

The name is not the only change for 2018. The following additions or program changes are also new:

  • Earlier distribution. The goal was to get the guides out sooner to promote travel before peak season, which runs May through October in the county.
  • 25% larger. The guide has transformed to magazine size with the aspiration that people will hold onto the guide much longer.
  • Digital version. A downloadable, digital version will be available on the Tourism website for visitors to download. It will also serve as a way for area businesses to promote through their website and email efforts.

The cover of this year’s guide was provided by Rocky Gap Casino Resort and features the 243-acre Lake Habeeb at Rocky Gap State Park.

The guide is produced by Allegany County Tourism, alongside professional service partner Nelson Marketing of Cumberland, Maryland. The distribution includes travel-focused events, Maryland Travel/Welcome Centers, Maryland AAA Centers, Allegany County Visitor Center, regional chambers of commerce, tourism partner businesses, and Travel Centers in target markets within Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

To request a copy of the Visit Mountain Maryland Destination Guide, please email info@mdmountainside.com or fill out an online request form. A downloadable version is available on mdmountainside.com.

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Allegany County Tourism
Allegany County Tourism is the official tourism office for Allegany County, Maryland. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options, and community events can be found at www.mdmountainside.com. Tourism supports 3,600 jobs in Allegany County, generates $160 million in visitor spending and $47 million in tourism tax revenues. Source: Tourism Economics

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Photo credit: Baseball Hall of Fame

Happy MLB Opening Day! Today we celebrate baseball’s first pitch of the season with Allegany County’s very own baseball Hall of Famer (1947) and arguably the finest left-hand pitcher in history, Lefty Grove. In fact, you can really honor Lefty Grove today by visiting his gravesite in Frostburg’s Memorial Park; strolling the streets of Lonaconing, MD, where Lefty grew up and returned (be sure to check out the George’s Creek Regional Library where his memorabilia is on display); or
raise a glass in his honor at 1812 Brewery as they serve up an MLB Opening Day Lefty Grove Party with the cover charge being donated to the Lefty Grove Memorial Committee.

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Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove was born on March 6, 1900. in the Charlestown suburb of Lonaconing, Maryland. His father John Grove was a coal miner. Lefty’s mother was Emma Catherine Beeman. The family’s surname was spelled “Groves” at the time. The “s” was dropped from Lefty’s last name in the early days of his professional baseball career.

The story of Lefty’s early baseball experiences at “First Field” in Charlestown are chronicled in part one of Ruth Bear Levy’s two-part article entitled “Recollections of Lefty Grove: Baseball’s Greatest Left-Handed Pitcher.”  The article was published in the Maryland Historical Magazine in the summers of 1987 & 1988. The article is posted on the Western Maryland Historical Library website – www.whilbr.org.

Life in the impoverished coal town of Lonaconing did not allow luxuries like real bats and baseballs. According to Ruth Bear Levy’s article, baseballs were usually homemade from a piece of cork, wound with yarn, and wrapped with tape. A fence paling was often called into service as a bat. The local youngsters would flock to First Field when Lefty pitched. A former Lonaconing native, interviewed for Levy’s article, remembered that Lefty’s fastball was like a “shot out of a gun.” Years later, major league scouts came to the same conclusion. Ford Christopher Frick, who served as the 3rd Commissioner of Baseball, later said that Lefty Grove was the fastest pitcher who ever lived.

Lefty played in his first organized league as a member of the Midland team in 1919. Beginning as the first baseman, Grove was soon moved to the pitcher’s mound, when they saw how hard he could throw. After hurling a no-hitter against the powerful B&O team at the end of the year, Grove’s ascent to greatness began.

Lefty was hired by the B&O in 1920, but before he could play a game for them, he was recruited by the Martinsburg Mountaineers of the Class D Blue Ridge League. Grove played only six games for Martinsburg before his contract was purchased by Jack Dunn of the International League Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles won the league pennant each year during Lefty’s tenure. In 1923, Lefty set a league record of 330 strikeouts, that still stands today. The International League is currently the governing body over all of the minor league teams on the east coast.

In 1925, Lefty’s services were acquired by Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics, for a record sum of $100,600. This was more than the New York Yankees paid for Babe Ruth. Lefty experienced the only losing season in his career during 1925, winning 10 games, while losing 12. This left many to wonder if Connie Mack’s expectations for Grove were unrealistic.

In 1926, Grove began to find the control to go with the speed of his fastball. In 1927, Lefty began a string of seven consecutive 20 win seasons, including an incredible two-year record of 59 wins and nine losses in 1930 & 1931. Lefty’s 31-4 record in 1931 earned him the very first American League MVP trophy that was ever awarded, beating Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the process. The Athletics won two consecutive World Series titles in 1929 and 1930. They nearly won a third, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in a seven-game series in 1931.

After suffering an arm injury in 1933, Lefty developed a curveball and a forkball, to compensate for the loss of velocity on his fastball. In 1934, Lefty was traded to the Boston Red Sox, where he played for eight seasons. Remarkably, Grove won four of his nine American League ERA titles during his stint with the Red Sox, after his career-changing arm injury. On July 25, 1941, Lefty Grove got his 300th win, in a game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park.  Of the 24 pitchers who have won 300 or more games, Grove still has the highest winning percentage.

Lefty retired on December 7, 1941. Consumed with the news about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the nation paid scarce attention to Grove’s departure. Coupled with the misfortune of playing in an era before games were televised, Lefty seemed to be consigned to an obscure legacy.

Awards bestowed after his retirement revived Grove’s legacy. Lefty was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947. During baseball’s centennial celebration in 1969, he was named the left-handed pitcher on the All-Time All-Star Team. In 1999, Lefty was named to baseball’s All-Century Team. His nine ERA titles still stand as a record today.

In Bill James’ book Historical Baseball Abstract published in 1985, James rated Lefty Grove as the greatest pitcher of all time. In the newer version of the book, released in 2001, James reversed the order of the first two pitchers and ranked Grove’s hero Walter Johnson first, and Lefty second. Either way, Grove would surely have been flattered just by the comparison to Walter Johnson.

Even though some pitchers posted better numbers than Grove, Bill James gave particular emphasis to the fact that Grove played in an era that predated the existence of specialized relief. In the era when Lefty played, the starting pitcher was also expected to be available to pitch in relief. Lefty has 55 saves, in addition to his 300 wins. Grove completed 48% of his major league games, which is 50% more than modern pitchers Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens, combined. Bill James also ranked Grove 19th among the greatest of all baseball players in history.

In a testament to the accuracy of Bill James’ calculations, the 2002 Oakland Athletics employed James’ statistical model to build a team that won 20 consecutive games. At the end of the 2002 season, the Boston Red Sox hired James as a player analyst. Two years later, the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years.

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Robert Moses Grove – MVP trophy – 1931. Photo credit: Western Maryland’s Historical Library

Grove never relinquished his residency in Lonaconing during his professional baseball career. He returned to Western Maryland each year during the offseason. Lefty supported youth baseball in Lonaconing, and he donated his 1931 American League MVP trophy to his hometown. The trophy is now displayed behind bullet-proof glass, in a specially designed $25,000 showcase, at the Lonaconing Public Library.

To quote Bill James, in his book Historical Baseball Abstract: “what argument, if any, can be presented against the proposition that Lefty Grove was the greatest pitcher who ever lived.”

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Guest Author: Bucky Schriver

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Bucky Schriver of the Lefty Grove Memorial Committee visits the late pitcher’s gravesite. Photo credit: Cumberland Times-News.

 

 

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Easter-Egg-Hunts-In-Allegany-County-MDThe hunt is on! Easter egg hunt that is. We have rounded up a list of local Allegany County, Maryland, organized egg hunts. Celebrate the Easter holiday with one of our charming small towns!

ANNUAL CONSTITUTION PARK EASTER EGG HUNT – Cumberland, MD
March 30, 2018, at 1:00 pm
Join the City of Cumberland at Constitution Park for their annual egg hunt.

EASTER EGG HUNT – Cumberland, MD
March 30, 2018, at 5:00 pm
Hosted by the Lighthouse of Hope Church, the egg hunt includes a bounce house, face painting, and refreshments.

FROSTBURG’S ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT – Frostburg, MD
March 31, 2018, at 1o:00 am
Located at the Frostburg Armory, the Frostburg Easter Egg Hunt is a tradition!

CITY REACH EASTER EGG HUNT – Cumberland, MD
March 31, 2018, at 12:00 pm
Crafts, food, bounce houses, and egg hunt.

COMMUNITY EASTER PARTY – Westernport, MD
March 31, 2018, at 12:00 pm
A community event featuring an Easter egg hunt, games, prizes, and more!

DAN’S MOUNTAIN EASTER EGG HUNT Lonaconing, MD
March 31, 2018, at 1:00 pm
The annual Easter egg hunt is one of the regions largest with over 4,000 eggs!

For a full list of community events happening in Allegany County’s Mountain Maryland, please visit www.mdmountainside.com/calendar.

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