Major league star Jim Kaat coming to Bennington June 23 - Bennington Banner

The pitcher who won 283 games, 16 Gold Gloves, and a World Series ring will make a benefit appearance in Bennington because, he says, he and his wife fell in love with a golf course in nearby Manchester.

"Kaat appeared in 898 games in his career, starting 625 of them for a 283-237 record, and a 3.45 earned-run average. Notably, Kaat, as a Minnesota Twin, faced off against Sandy Koufax in three World Series games in 1965. Kaat won a career-high 25 games in the 1966 season. After his pitching career, Kaat quickly transitioned into broadcasting and called New York Yankees games on YES Network. He is scheduled to call 10 games this season on MLB Network with broadcast partner Bob Costas, and another 10 games on the Twins' TV network. "It keeps me in touch with the game," Kaat said. "I'm fortunate that this will be the start of my eighth decade in Major League Baseball. I'm very fortunate that I have my health. Physically and mentally, I'm able to do it still, and as long as I feel like I can, I think that I should keep doing it.""

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