|It's as if even the young, studious Kaat couldn't wait for the|
star seeking fan to finish with the portrait shot so he could get
back to his throwing session at Tinker Field in Orlando!
Jim had a wonderfully economic windup and delivery, whichleft him in perfect position to field his position after the pitch.
It was also the year he was injured in a game on July 25th.
A pitch he threw was grounded right back at him on the
mound by the Angels' Bubba Morton. The ball skidded on the wet Metropolitan Stadium grass, and
James Lee Kaat, 1966 Topps
Card. Would have won the
Cy Young Award that year, were
it not for another lefthander,
Kaat left the game (Austin Daily Herald story pdf) to visit the doctor and dentist but still showed up, amazingly, at a post game party hosted by none other than Bernie Allen. Allen blurted out his surprise that Kaat still had the wherewithal to make an appearance after his ghoulish day. Kaat, in his true, gritty fashion merely reminded him "Well, you did invite me, didn't you?"
May Your Taters Fly Far!
|The Man With The Golden (16) Glove. Only|
Greg Maddux has surpassed him, with awards
for 18 seasons of gold glovin.'