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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

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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.

jim kaat gold glove

1975 Topps Set Card 170/660 – #42 – Joe Coleman, Tigers

1975 Topps Set Card 170/660 – #42 – Joe Coleman, Tigers

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Player Name:  Joe Coleman

Team:  Detroit Tigers

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1965-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Joe Coleman started 31 games for the Detroit Tigers during the 1975 baseball season.  He posted a record of 10-18 with 6 complete games and 1 shutout.  He had an ERA of 5.55 on the year which included giving up 234 hits and 137 runs in 201 innings of work.  Coleman also struck out 125 batters while walking 85 during the campaign.  He led the AL in wild pitches with 15.

Notes From Career:  Joe Coleman is a former All-Star pitcher that played for 7 different teams during his 15-season career.  He had a record of 142-135 with 7 saves during that time while also posting a career ERA of 3.70.  Coleman pitched in 2569 innings during his big league career while giving up 2,416 hits and 1,202 runs while striking out 1,728 batters.


Did You Know…

The last player to represent the Washington Senators in the major league All-Star Game was Frank Howard.  Howard was selected to the National League squad in 1971.

Frank Howard

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.



1968 Topps Game – Mike McCormick

1968 Topps Game – Mike McCormick

With this card, I cross the half-way mark in my goal of completing this set of cards.  And I am loving each and every step of the process!!

Mike McCormick enjoyed a nice 16-year major league career.  His win/loss record as a starting  pitcher is 134-128.

McCormick was included in this set because he had a fantastic season in 1967.

The numbers from his ’67 season – 22-10, with a 2.85 ERA, 14 complete games, 5 shutouts, 150 strikeouts.

McCormick won the 1967 National League Cy Young Award, beating out Jim Bunning and Fergie Jenkins.

Progress – 17/33

1968 Topps Game – Frank Howard

1968 Topps Game – Frank Howard

Frank Howard was known as ‘The Capital Punisher’ due to his impact on the Washington Senator teams of the mid-to-late 1960s.  His power and run production was unmatched, both by his teammates and the league.  A 2-time home run champ, Howard connected for 248 home runs in eight seasons with the squad.

Howard was a Rookie of the Year winner in 1960 and a 4-time All-Star.  He was part of the 1963 World Series championship team in Los Angeles.

Progress – 3/33

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #30

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #30

1964 Topps – Card #167 – AKA – ‘The Lou Piniella Rookie Card’

Mike Brumley – Playing just 3 seasons with 224 games played, Brumley had a hard time keeping the starting job he had during his rookie campaign.  Primarily due to offense, the Washington Senators turned to other players that were able to supply more firepower at the plate.  Leaving the sport at just 27 years of age, Brumley retired with a .229 batting average alongside 151 hits, 5 home runs, 50 RBI and 52 runs scored.

Lou Piniella – More known for his managerial success, Lou Piniella enjoyed a solid 18-year career in the big leagues.  Winner of the Rookie of the Year award in 1969, ‘Sweet Lou’ was also a 2-time All-star and member of 2 New York Yankees championship teams.  Piniella was a career .291 hitter and he amassed 766 RBI and scored 651 runs.

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’