As known from:
VA
  • About Captaingambling.com
  • Our US Squad
  • Our Review Process
  • Gamble Responsibly
  • Get In Touch
  • Writers Wanted
  • Content Disclaimer
  • Affiliate Disclosure
Contains commercial content
US Gambling Sites / News / Jim Kaat recalls time with Yankees ahead of Hall of Fame induction

Jim Kaat recalls time with Yankees ahead of Hall of Fame induction

Drew the DFS Guy
Drew the DFS Guy
Publish Date: 24/07/2022
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis
Kaat in 2013, tags: jim hall - CC BY-SA

Kaat in 2013 - CC BY-SA

Jim Kaat, a former professional baseball player, and longtime New York Yankees announcer, is set to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. On Saturday, Kaat recalled his 'Bronx Zoo' debut.

Throughout his baseball career, Kaat has pitched in almost 900 games over 25 seasons, holding a starter position for the majority of the games. Moreover, Kaat was a 283-game winner who made 43 appearances and one start for the Yankees in 1979 and 1980.

The Golden Days Era committee chose the 83-year-old announcer as the Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, which will take place in Cooperstown, New York.

Kaat's time with Yankees

Before Kaat joined the Yankees in 1979, he played for the Philadelphia Phillies for three seasons. According to Kaat, the Phillies didn't really use him that much but still brought him in during an extra-inning game in San Diego. At that time, Kaat had to pitch three or four innings, and his side eventually won the game.

That's when Kaat's journey with the Yankees started. "Birdie Tebbetts was in the stands scouting for the Yankees, so the next day the general manager calls me and tells me I’m going to the Yankees," Kaat said.

After hearing the news, Kaat immediately took a flight at night and arrived early the next morning. He had to go to the ballpark, where manager Bob Lemon welcomed him by saying, "Welcome to the Bronx Zoo. Are you ready to pitch?"

Subsequently, Kaat arrived at the game with the bases loaded and got to bat into a double play alongside his good friend and teammate Rod Carew.

Apart from that, Kaat has also played for manager Billy Martin, both with the Yankees and earlier in his career with the Minnesota Twins.

Kaat also recalled how he enjoyed playing with Martin as his manager. "Billy was such a great game manager, if you could have just locked him in his room at night and just put him in the dugout."

"I loved him as a game manager and loved him from a pitching standpoint, because he let you pitch until you drop," Kaat continued.

Kaat's baseball career records

Throughout his 25 seasons, Kaat reached a 283-237 record for several teams that he was with, such as the Phillies, Twins, Yankees, Senators, White Sox, and Cardinals.

Kaat recorded 4,530.1 innings, which ranked 25th. When he joined the Twins in 1966, Kaat also led the league with 25 wins and 19 complete games.

Moreover, Kaat won 16 gold gloves, which was the second most in history since the award was introduced in 1957. The three-time All-star then finished his career with a 3.45 ERA, 2,461 strikeouts, and 180 complete games.

Other 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees

The 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame will introduce seven new inductees, which include David Ortiz, Gil Hodges, Kaat, Minnie Mioso, Tony Oliva, Bud Fowler, and Buck O'Neil. The inductees were elected by different associations or committees.

Red Sox legend Ortiz was elected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, while Fowler and O'Neil were elected by the Early Baseball Era Committee.

Similar to Kaat, Brooklyn Dodgers' Hodges, Miñoso, and Twins outfielder Oliva were selected by the Golden Days Era Committee.

Read Also
Nationals trade Juan Soto for five top prospects
The Washington Nationals have announced the trade of superstar outfielder Juan Soto ...
Padres' Fernando Tatis takes first batting practice since injury
San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis took his first batting practice of ...
Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
Legendary Boston Red Sox slugger David "Big Papi" Ortiz was formally inducted ...
MLB Fanduel Picks for 9/4 and Picks Against the Spread
As expected, the series between baseball's two best teams with the Dodgers ...
Fanduel MLB Picks for 9/3 and Picks Against the Spread
A full set of games to kickoff the Labor Day Holiday Weekend. ...
Top Betting Sites
Top Betting Promos
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Review
97/100
BetRivers.com
BetRivers.com
BetRivers.com Review
95/100
BetMGM Sportsbook
BetMGM Sportsbook
BetMGM Sportsbook Review
94/100
DraftKings Sport
DraftKings Sport
DraftKings Sport Review
92/100
FanDuel Sport
FanDuel Sport
FanDuel Sport Review
90/100
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Promo
BET $20 GET $200 IN FREE BETS
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
First deposit only | 21+ & located in VA | Promo code as seen| A qualifying bet is $20 or more | Min odds of +120 or more | Free Bet Tokens credited after bet is settled and expire after 7 days | Free Bet stakes not included in winnings | Please Gamble Responsibly - Gambling Problem? VA: CALL 1-888-532-3500 | Full T&C apply
BetRivers.com
BetRivers.com Promo
100% up to $500
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
BetMGM Sportsbook
BetMGM Sportsbook Promo
100% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.4/10
DraftKings Sport
DraftKings Sport Promo
20% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.2/10
FanDuel Sport
FanDuel Sport Promo
$1000 No Sweat First Bet
T&Cs apply
9/10
Posts
Show More
Betting Tips
Get the latest updates in Sports and Casino via our Newsletter
header-hero-image
MLB Daily Picks:
Drew's DFS Picks
Our Team
Mark LewisJosh SchwartzDrew the DFS Guy
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Editor
Josh Schwartz
Josh Schwartz
Editor
Drew the DFS Guy
Drew the DFS Guy
DFS Expert
Get the latest updates in Sports and Casino via our Newsletter

Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.

Trading financial products carries a high risk to your capital, especially trading leverage products such as CFDs. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Between 74-89% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

ccwww
Move to Top
Close
Our Sports Pros recommend these awesome Social Casino sites this week:
×
Your Bonus Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site