Jim Kaat

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Birthdate 11/07/1938
Death Date
Debut Year 1959
Year of Induction
Teams Cardinals, Phillies, Twins, White Sox, Yankees
Position Pitcher

Jim Kaat has Cooperstown-worthy numbers: 283 career wins, 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards, 4 league championships, and a World Series ring.

In the collection:

1960 Topps rookie card signed by Jim Kaat

1960 Topps rookie card signed by Jim Kaat

Kaat was a 1960 Sports Magazine Rookie Star. They must have seen something in the young pitcher who would go on to win 283 games and earn  16 straight Gold Glove Awards. A three-time 20-game winner, Kaat played 25 seasons in the Major Leagues. A little known fact is that he pitched the first shutou
1961 handwritten letter to Frank Scott, baseball's first player agent

1961 handwritten letter to Frank Scott, baseball's first player agent

In the collection is a handwritten letter from a 23-year old Jim Kaat to Frank Scott, baseball’s first player agent. Kaat was coming off of a year in which he led the league in hit batters and wild pitches. Though he won 9 games, he lost 17. Kaat’s career win-loss record at the time
In 1966, Kaat led the AL in multiple categories and was named the Sporting News Pitcher of the Year

In 1966, Kaat led the AL in multiple categories and was named the Sporting News Pitcher of the Year

Jim Kaat’s finest season was 1966. He led the league in innings pitched, wins, complete games, walks per nine innings, and strikeout-to-walk ratio. Kaat’s longevity is evidenced by his 25 years in the big leagues. He was among the five oldest
Jim Kaat signed endorsement questionnaire from MLBPA

Jim Kaat signed endorsement questionnaire from MLBPA

The Major League Baseball Players Association sent out questionnaires like this one to its players to determine what endorsements each man had. Today’s players compliment their baseball salary with off field endorsement but that wasn’t always the case. This document filled out by Jim Kaat on
Closeup of Jim Kaat's MLBPA endorsement questionnaire

Closeup of Jim Kaat's MLBPA endorsement questionnaire

Shown here is the closeup of Jim Kaat’s signature at the bottom of the 1973 MLBPA endorsement questionnaire. Kaat’s autograph is just to the right of where he dated the document, 6/18/73. Interestingly Kaat got the start and the win on the next day when he threw six innings against the Range
Signed contract to appear on souvenir stamped autographed baseballs

Signed contract to appear on souvenir stamped autographed baseballs

Jim Kaat was all of 19 years old when he signed this contract on March 6th, 1960. The contract guarantees Kaat a penny per ball sold as long as he was in the big leagues. By the time he retired, Kaat had 283 career wins, 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards, 4 league championships, and a World Series ri

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