Window to Hope’s History: Hall-of-Famer

Jim Kaat ’60 was a freshman pitcher for the Flying Dutchmen in the spring of 1957 when he was discovered by a scout during a Hope game. His time at the college ended that spring, but his dream career was just beginning. He signed that summer with the Washington Senators, and went on to 23 years in the majors that included a World Series appearance with the Minnesota Twins in 1965 and Series win with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982. He retired in 1983, next becoming a coach and then — in 1986 — an announcer for the New York Yankees. This summer, he received the sport’s highest honor, induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.