Monday, December 23, 2013
no. 245 - jim kaat
Who is the man: Jim Kaat won 14 games for the Twins for the second straight year in 1970 and won the eighth of his 16 straight Gold Gloves.
Can ya dig it: I'd say you don't see those old-style overhangs in ballparks anymore, but there is one at the ballpark where I live.
Right on: Kaat was featured in essentially the same pose on consecutive cards for Topps from 1968-71.
You see this cat Kaat is a bad mother: "Cat Kaat." Heh. ... When the Twins fired pitching coach Johnny Sain in 1966, Kaat, who had won 25 games under Sain, protested the firing in an open letter in a Minnesota paper. Then Kaat bought a Great Dane, which he named "Prince Johnny Sain."
Shut your mouth: When Kaat's father caught him trying to avoid lawn-mowing chores, he told him: "You can't make a living playing pro ball. You have to learn to work." Kaat played pro ball for 27 years.
No one understands him but his woman: Kaat was the oldest player in baseball in both 1979 and 1983.
(A word about the back): All these years later, Kaat is still the biggest winner in Twins history with 190 total victories.