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Lip Man 1
04-15-2007, 09:19 PM
Folks:

I hope you'll take some time and read the interview with one of the most articulate and smart baseball players ever, Jim Kaat.

He had a lot to say on a number of topics...from playing for and against the White Sox, to the broadcasting business and ESPN, to his chances for the Hall of Fame.

A great guy and like I said one of the finest pitchers in the last 45 years.

Lip

lumpyspun
04-15-2007, 09:39 PM
Thanks for that interview, it was great.

He knows what he's talking about when you asked him about ESPN. They are purely entertainment anymore.

The Racehorse
04-15-2007, 10:58 PM
Lip,

I was a very young kid when Jim was an All Star pitcher for the Sox. Maybe my memory is failing me, but I swear I remember Kaat facing Johnny Bench in that AS game, and I was so excited to listen to the TV announcers acknowledge a White Sox player.

IIRC, Kitty tried to quick pitch Bench with a giant slow curve which Bench promply lined for a screamer way foul down the 3rd base line... though I can't remember if Kaat ended up getting Bench out or if Bench reached base. All I remember is Kaat & Bench. :D:

... anyway, thanks again for a another great interview. :cool:

EDIT: well, according to this link (http://www.baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/07151975.shtml) , Kaat had a good AS game.

Lip Man 1
04-15-2007, 11:11 PM
Racehorse:

Here you go:

NATIONAL LEAGUE 5TH: KAAT REPLACED HARGROVE (PITCHING); Brock
grounded out (shortstop to first); Morgan popped to third in
foul territory; Bench lined to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
National League 3, American League 0.

NATIONAL LEAGUE 6TH: WASHINGTON STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING CF);
TENACE CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING C ); SCOTT REPLACED BONDS
(PLAYING 1B); Garvey flied to right; Smith flied to left; Cey
grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. National
League 3, American League 0.

Lip

ilsox7
04-15-2007, 11:21 PM
Great stuff as usual!

The Racehorse
04-15-2007, 11:25 PM
Racehorse:

Here you go:

NATIONAL LEAGUE 5TH: KAAT REPLACED HARGROVE (PITCHING); Brock
grounded out (shortstop to first); Morgan popped to third in
foul territory; Bench lined to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
National League 3, American League 0.

NATIONAL LEAGUE 6TH: WASHINGTON STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING CF);
TENACE CHANGED POSITIONS (PLAYING C ); SCOTT REPLACED BONDS
(PLAYING 1B); Garvey flied to right; Smith flied to left; Cey
grounded out (third to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. National
League 3, American League 0.

Lip

Yup... I can't remember what I ate two days ago, but I'll always remember Kaat vs Bench back in '75. :smile:

nlentz88
04-16-2007, 01:22 PM
Wonderful interview. It's so important to mine the memories of baseball's elder generation and record their recollections for baseball fans yet to be born. Thanks!

Fenway
04-16-2007, 01:26 PM
Twins probably win the 1967 pennant if Kaat doesn't get hurt in Game 161

ED SOX 3RD: Santiago struck out; PERRY REPLACED KAAT
(PITCHING); Andrews walked (walk was charged to Kaat); Kaat
strained left elbow while striking out Santiago. Kaat left with
2-0 count on Andrews, walk to Kaat; Adair grounded out
(shortstop to first) [Andrews to second]; Yastrzemski struck
out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Twins 1, Red Sox 0.

http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1967/B09300BOS1967.htm

Lip Man 1
04-16-2007, 02:01 PM
Fenway:

As he says, Yaz and Hawk tell him the same thing when they see each other. He talks about that game and the 1967 race in the interview.

Lip

Fenway
04-16-2007, 02:16 PM
Fenway:

As he says, Yaz and Hawk tell him the same thing when they see each other. He talks about that game and the 1967 race in the interview.

Lip

Well done Lip

Kaat will be missed this year at Fenway ( and all MLB parks ) He should have gotten the job McCarver got

Chez
04-16-2007, 03:09 PM
How can neither Kaat nor Blyleven be in the HOF? They both deserve to be.

Lip Man 1
04-16-2007, 03:38 PM
And Tommy John

Lip

Chez
04-16-2007, 03:44 PM
And Tommy John

Lip

And Tommy John -- the man who revolutionized elbow surgery!

jamokes
04-16-2007, 05:36 PM
Lip,

Great interview with Jim Kaat. Jim is a great person and his(and yours) insight into baseball was outstanding, keep up the good work with the interviews.

It's amazing how a team can castaway a player who still has 10 years left in him! He had a lot of fun in baseball and he respected both the game and players.