Do you know …
Who Was the First Player to Win a Gold Glove in Each League?
Let’s see …, Bill Mazeroski and Brooks Robinson, two of the best defensive players ever and winners of 24 Gold Gloves between them, each played in only 1 league. Couldn’t be them.
Actually, the first player to win a Gold Glove in each league was not an infielder, or catcher.
It was a pitcher, and one of the best defensive players ever to toe a pitching rubber.
Left-hander Bobby Shantz, the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 1952 when he won 24 games for the Philadelphia Athletics, was the first pitcher to win a Gold Glove as a member of the New York Yankees in 1957. He also won Gold Gloves the next 5 consecutive years, 4 with the Yankees and in 1961 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He won 2 more in 1963 and 1964 pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.