1960s Baseball
Celebrating the players and teams that helped make the 1960s “Baseball’s Real Golden Age.”
Jim Kaat

 

Hall of Fame Should Be's ... Jim Kaat

 

Why Jim Kaat Should Be In The Baseball Hall Of Fame.


  1. Jim Kaat had 283 career victories … more than 38 current Hall of Famers, including contemporaries such as Jim Palmer, Whitey Ford and Don Drysdale.

  2. Jim Kaat won 16 Gold Gloves … more than any other Hall of Fame pitcher (at least until Greg Maddux gets there).

  3. Jim Kaat pitched 4,530 innings … more than 44 current Hall of Famers, including Bob Gibson, Jim Bunning and Carl Hubbell.

  4. Jim Kaat struck out 2,461 batters … more than 45 current Hall of Famers, including Robin Roberts, Early Wynn and Lefty Grove.

  5. During his long careers as a player and then as a broadcaster, Jim Kaat has always been a fine gentleman and terrific ambassador for the game.

     

Jim Kaat was one of the most amazing all-around athletes to toe a major league pitching rubber. He pitched in the majors for 25 years, was quite possibly the best fielding pitcher ever to play the game, and was one of baseball’s best-hitting pitchers throughout his career.

Look at his record. And then tell me …

What’s keeping Jim Kaat out of Cooperstown?