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Calvin Griffith
Calvin  Griffith

Men's Basketball & Baseball (Inducted 1959)



Calvin Griffith ('35) earned letters in both men's basketball and baseball, but it was baseball that became his passion and career. Initially a catcher for the GW baseball team, Griffith debuting as a pitcher in 1933. The following year, he impressed fans with his pitching precision, while his batting average hovered around .250. The Hatchet described him as "a cool hurler who never got flustered and pitched with an easy confidence." In 1934, Cal "The Iron Man," was captain of the GW team. He also captained the 1935 baseball team and earned a letter before he withdrew from school to take over duties as secretary-treasurer of the Chattanooga baseball team in the Southern Conference.

Griffith took control of the Washington Senators in 1955, after his uncle Clark Griffith's death. Calvin Griffith moved the team to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., in 1959, where the team became the Minnesota Twins. He sold the team in 1984.

Griffith had three children, Clark, Corinne, and Clare with his first wife Natalie Norris. He was later remarried to Bea Jay Block-Griffith and died at the age of 87 in 1999.