Montpelier, VT – Brian Gallagher, General Manager of the Vermont Mountaineers said today that former major league pitcher Jim Kaat will be visiting the Mountaineers on Monday, July 30 when they host the Mystic Schooners.
Gallagher said Kaat, who spent 25 years in the major leagues (14 with the Minnesota Twins), accepted a recent Mountaineers invitation to attend the game and speak with the players.
Kaat, a left-handed pitcher, won 283 games during his major league career that began in 1959 and came to a close in 1983. Following his tenure with the Twins, Kaat pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies (1976-1979), the New York Yankees (1979-1980), and the St. Louis Cardinals (1980-1983) where he closed out his baseball playing career.
Following a brief stint as a pitching coach for the Cincinnati Reds, Kaat became a sportscaster calling games for the Yankees and Twins over a 22-year span.
He has also been behind the mic calling games for the MBL Network. He is the winner of seven Emmy awards for excellence in sports broadcasting, an author of the best-selling book, Still Pitching.
Kaat is a three-time Major League All Star (1962, 1966, 1975) and the holder of the Gold Glove Award for 16 consecutive seasons (19962-1977). He won his World Series ring with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982 when he worked in four games out of the pen.
Gallagher said it will be an exciting moment to have a former Major League All Star of Jim Kaat’s caliber visiting the Mountaineers. “We are looking forward to his visit,” said Gallagher, “and I know the fans will enjoy having him here.”