Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2015 Golden Era HOF Ballot: Jim Kaat

Last, but not least, my Golden Era Ballot pick for the HOF is Jim Kaat, who played 25 seasons in the majors for 6 different teams.  During his career, Kaat has led his league in Wins, Complete Games, Shutouts, Games Started, and Innings Pitched.  Kaat has 16 Gold Glove awards and 3 All-Star appearances.  His career statistics in the pitching triple crown categories are 283 Wins, 3.45 ERA, and 2461 Strikeouts in over 4530 Innings Pitched.  Kaat made it to the World Series for the 1st time in 1965 with the Minnesota Twins, where he started 3 games with a 3.77 ERA in 14.1 innings pitched.  He pitched in the '70 ALCS with the Twins and '76 NLCS with the Phillies.  Kaat won his 1st World Series in 1982 with the Cardinals, where he pitched in 4 different games with a 3.86 ERA.  Here are all of my regular-issue Jim Kaat cards: 
1960 Topps

1962 Topps

1966 Topps

1968 Topps

1969 Topps

1970 Topps

1971 Topps

1972 Topps

1973 Topps

1974 Topps

1975 Topps

1976 Topps

1976 Topps Traded

1977 Topps

1978 Topps

1979 Topps

1980 Topps

1981 Topps

1982 Topps

1983 Topps

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