After parts of five seasons as a Cleveland utility infielder, Grimes was handed the
third base job for the Yankees in 1944. He made three errors in one game in 1944
and led AL third basemen with 31 errors in 1945. His father, Ray Grimes, was a NL
first baseman in the
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»December 17, 1942: The Yankees trade OF Roy Cullenbine and C Buddy Rosar to the Indians for Roy Weatherly and IF Oscar Grimes. With the draft in mind, all four players are married with one child each. As noted by historian Lyle Spatz, Rosar had been in the doghouse with Joe McCarthy for leaving the team without permission the weekend of July 18-19 to take a police examination in Buffalo. The leave-taking prompted the Yankees to sign vet C Rollie Hemsley.
»July 4, 1999:
The Royals defeat the Indians, 10-9, as C Mike Sweeney ties an American League record by recording an RBI in his 13th straight game. Taffy Wright of the White Sox set the mark in 1941. The major league standard is 17 games, set by Oscar Grimes of the Chicago Cubs in 1922. OF Jermaine Dye brings home six of Kansas City's runs with four hits, including a pair of homers.