After driving in 160 runs for Tacoma (Western League) in 1922, Grantham became the
Cubs' starting second baseman. He struck out more than any NL player in 1923 and
1924, but was the run
producer Pittsburgh needed. In a major postseason deal in 1924,
the Bucs sent Rabbit Maranville, Charlie Grimm, and Wilbur Cooper to the Cubs for
Grantham, Vic Aldridge, and Al Niehaus. Some Pittsburgh fans criticized trading three
popular players for an erratic fielder (Grantham) and two unknowns, but the trade
paid off for the Pirates. Grantham, switched from second base to first base, batted
a career-high .326 and dramatically reduced his strikeouts in 1925. Pittsburgh won
the World Series, and the Cubs finished last. Grantham batted over .300 in each of
his seven seasons with Pittsburgh, splitting time between first base and second base.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»October 27, 1924: The Cubs trade P Vic Aldridge, 1B George Grantham, and 1B Al Niehaus to Pittsburgh for 1B Charlie Grimm, SS Rabbit Maranville, and P Wilbur Cooper. Grantham will hit .300 for six seasons with the Bucs, while Grimm will play 11 seasons with Chicago, eventually becoming player-manager. In 1925, Maranville will be named a player-manager as well. Cooper, who has averaged 20 wins a year over the past six seasona, will drop to 12–14 with the Cubs. This past season he picked off seven runners at 3B.