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1975 Topps Set Card 272/660 – #243 – Jim Kaat, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 272/660 – #243 – Jim Kaat, White Sox

Progress: 272/660

Card Number:  243

Player Name:  Jim Kaat

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  25 seasons, 1959-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jim Kaat appeared in 43 games for the Chicago White Sox over the course of the 1975 baseball season.  He had a record of 20-14, with 12 complete games thrown and 1 shutout.  Kaat worked 303 innings during the year, allowing a league-high 321 hits and 121 runs.  Kaat struck out 142 batters during the season and won the Gold Glove Award and was selected as an AL All-Star.

Notes From Career:  Jim Kaat’s major league career lasted 25 years spanning over 4 decades.  His numbers are worthy of Hall of Fame consideration – 283 wins, 237 losses.  2,461 strikeouts, 16 Gold Glove awards, 3.45 ERA, 3-time All-star, and 1 World Series championship!!!


Did You Know…

No member of the Twins earned more Gold Glove Awards than pitcher Jim Kaat, who won 11 of them while a member of the Twins franchise.

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Did You Know…

In 1961, pitcher Jim Kaat and catcher Earl Battey of the Minnesota Twins became the first batterymates to win Gold Glove Awards in the same season.

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Did You Know…

The pitcher that led all American League hurlers in wins during the 1960’s was Jim Kaat.  Kaat captured 142 wins during the decade easily outdistancing Camilo Pascaul who finished in second place with 127.


Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Jim Kaat!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Jim Kaat!!!

There is a pretty decent sized handful of pitchers from the 1960s and 1970s that were all tagged as their team’s ‘Ace’.  And many of them are not in the Hall of Fame.

In time, we will cover all of them here at the ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’.

Tonight, we will discuss the career of Jim Kaat.

Jim Kaat’s major league resume is pretty outstanding.  Not stellar, or elite, but certainly worth discussing when talking about the best pitchers from his era and possible Hall of Fame induction.

Here is a look at the numbers:

  • 25 seasons
  • 625 starts
  • 283-237 record
  • 54.4 win percentage
  • 3 20-win seasons
  • 5 15-19 win seasons
  • 180 complete games
  • 31 shutouts
  • 18 saves
  • 3.45 ERA
  • 4,530 innings pitched
  • 2,461 strikeouts
  • 1,083 walks
  • 2.27 K:Walk
  • 4.9 K per 9 innings
  • 3x All-Star
  • 16x Gold Glove winner
  • 4 Playoff appearances
  • 1 World Series title

Jim Kaat

With Kaat, the numbers are solid.  He was not very far from the magical 300-win milestone that normally guarantees Hall of Fame induction.  His strikeout tally is impressive, but when judging his ability to dominate games with just 4.9 strikeouts per game, his number is below average compared to the Hall of Fame talent from the same era.

Where Kaat stands alone is on defense.  He revolutionized, and put a major emphasis on, defensive play from the pitching mound.  Kaat won a total of 16 Gold Glove Awards due to his incredible defense.  The sixteen awards were consecutive, from 1962-1977, showing his dominance at the position from a defensive standpoint for a decade and a half.

Jim Kaat did not get into the playoffs very often during his 25-season major league career.  He made it to the postseason just four times, advancing to the World Series twice.  Kaat won a World Series title in 1982 with the St. Louis Cardinals.  The championship came in Kaat’s final season in the majors, but he had little to do with the win pitching just 2.2 innings in 4 games.

So, does Jim Kaat deserve more consideration for Hall of Fame entry?  Should he be enshrined at Cooperstown??

My answer is ‘No’.  For me, there is just not enough dominance to be called a Hall of Famer.  Most starting pitchers with 25 seasons in the majors can average 12 wins a year, and that is what Kaat did.  For me, I would need to see an average win total of at least 16+ wins per year.  And the strikeout tally would need to be much higher as well – Kaat’s average is well under 100 per season.  Kaat absolutely stands out as the best defensive pitcher from his era, and could possibly be the sport’s greatest defensive pitcher of all-time.  But, that is not enough in my book.  The World Series title helps, but he did not put too much into that title.

So, what do you think?   Is Jim Kaat worthy of Hall of Fame induction?  Let me hear your opinion.



10 Named To Baseball Hall Of Fame Golden Ballot

10 Named To Baseball Hall Of Fame Golden Ballot

Cooperstown, NY

Former Dodgers first baseman Gil Hodges and general manager Buzzie Bavasi and former Athletics owner Charlie Finley are among 10 candidates for the baseball Hall of Fame who will be on the Veterans Committee ballot next month.

Ken Boyer, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Allie Reynolds, Ron Santo and Luis Tiant also will be on the Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on by the 16-member committee on Dec. 5 at the winter meetings in Dallas.

This year’s committee will consider candidates from the so-called “Golden Era,” from 1947-72.

Candidates must receive votes on 75 percent of the ballot to be elected. Those elected will be inducted on July 22 along with any players voted in by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Jan. 9.

An eight-time All-Star, Hodges helped the Dodgers win seven pennants and two World Series, then managed the New York Mets to their first World Series title in 1969. His 63.4 percent vote on his final BBWAA ballot in 1983 is the highest percentage for a player who didn’t enter the Hall in a later year.

The Dodgers won four World Series and eight pennants while Bavasi was GM from 1951-67, and he went on to head baseball operations for the San Diego Padres (1968-77) and California Angels (1978-84).

Finley owned the Kansas City and Oakland A’s from 1960-80, winning three World Series titles while feuding with his players and baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn.

The committee that will vote includes Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton and Billy Williams; current team executives Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt Roland Hemond and Gene Michael, retired executive Al Rosen and media members Dick Kaegel, Jack O’Connell and Dave Van Dyck.

The pre-integration era (1871-46) will be considered at the 2012 winter meetings and the expansion era (1973-present) in 2013, when retired managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre are likely to be on the ballot.

Did You Know…

The most Gold Gloves any player has won is 18 by Greg Maddux.  Both Brooks Robinson and Jim Kaat won 16 apiece.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

Did You Know…

In modern baseball, Jim Kaat’s career, from 1959 to ’83, spanned the most presidential administrations: seven, from Dwight D. Eisenhower through Ronald Reagan.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

The Bob Feller Museum Is The Place To Be!!!

There are a ton of great websites out there paying homage to the game’s greatest players.  While some sit stagnant and only update content 1 or 2 times a year, there are quite a few that remain fresh with new content added on a regular basis.

Of them, I think that one of the best is the Bob Feller Museum.  This site is full of great graphics and features a ton of information about the oldest, living member of the Hall of Fame. 

In addition to the incredible content of the site, the museum holds a lot of events with current and former players to raise funds.  They have quite a schedule lined up and I wanted to pass this info along as there are some incredible guests lined up.

Check this out:

Fergie Jenkins – June 26, 2009

Jim Kaat – July 1, 2009

Reggie Jackson – July 11-13, 2009

Dale Murphy – September 19, 2009

Don Larsen – September 26, 2009

For full details about the events and costs for these autograph sessions, click here.  The museum offers the opportunity to obtain autographs from some of the sport’s biggest stars at a lower price than what you may be asked to pay at a large convention or baseball card show.

Check out the museum.  You should like what you see!!!

Bob Feller Museum Logo

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Jim Kaat

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Jim Kaat

25 years spanning over 4 decades.  Debuting in 1959 and playing into the 1980’s, Jim Kaat’s career has a very long wingspan!!!  Jim Kaat really is a ‘Super Veteran’!!!

The numbers – 283 wins, 237 losses.  2,461 strikeouts, 16 Gold Glove awards, 3.45 ERA, 3-time All-star, and 1 World Series championship!!!