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End of Radio Icon's Career a "Complete Shock"

A Pittsburgh legend may be calling it a career. But apparently not by his own choice.

A Pittsburgh legend may be calling it a career. But apparently not by his own choice. Dick Groat is stepping away from the microphone and will not be returning as an analyst during Pitt men's basketball games.

"We collectively thank Dick for 40 years of work on our radio broadcasts. Dick will always be a revered member of the Pitt family and will remain a fixture around our basketball team for many years to come," Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke said about Groat's departure, according to the Associated Press.

But Groat, 88, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the decision was not his and called it a "complete shock" when he was informed a few weeks ago. Groat began serving in a reduced role last season by not traveling to road games.

Groat's legend goes well beyond his time on the mic. Born in the Wilkinsburg area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Groat played 14 Major League Baseball seasons , most notably for his hometown Pirates. He was named the National League MVP in 1960, a memorable season in Pirates history for the team's World Series win over the Yankees. Groat also won another World Series in 1964 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Also an excellent basketball player, Groat was a two-time All American during his college career at Duke. He was voted the National Player of the Year in 1952. In 2011, Groat was inducted into the National College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Groat and his broadcast partner Bill Hillgrove were the longest-tenured Division I basketball radio team.

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