Jim Kaat

Jim Kaat
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.

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Jim Kaat pitched his way into the Cooperstown conversation

Jim Kaat pitched his way into the Cooperstown conversation

Jim Kaat enjoyed a 25-year career that spanned parts of four decades. He debuted in 1959 with the Senators and pitched four years of the 80s with the Cardinals. One of the best fielding pitchers the game has ever known, Kaat earned 16 straight Gold Glove Awards from 1962-1977. During that time he av
Kaat agreed to lend his autograph to souvenir baseball with stamped autographs of the players

Kaat agreed to lend his autograph to souvenir baseball with stamped autographs of the players

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
Frank Scott was one of baseball's first player agents

Frank Scott was one of baseball's first player agents

In the collection is a handwritten letter from a 23-year old Jim Kaat to Frank Scott, one of baseball’s first player agent. It’s dated November 14, 1961. 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. Kaat̵
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. For his efforts he was named The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year. A three-time 20-game winner, Kaat posted 11 seasons with 14 or more wins. Kaat
In 1973, Kaat had endosement deals with Ford Motors and Wilson Sporting Goods

In 1973, Kaat had endosement deals with Ford Motors and Wilson Sporting Goods

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 Jun

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