Ambler Resident and former Major Leaguer Bobby Shantz (pictured above in 1953) is on the mind of a player who is about to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Inductee Jim Kaat, known for being a fielding pitcher, is set to enter the hall in July and credits Shantz for inspiring him to focus on fielding. Kaat intends to invite the 96-year-old Shantz to Cooperstown and hopes he will be able to attend the induction.
Jim Kaat will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24 in Cooperstown, N.Y., and he is hoping that former Major Leaguer Bobby Shantz will be in attendance. Kaat credits Shantz for the 16 Gold Gloves he won during his 25 years in the big leagues.
Shantz, 96, never coached Kaat, but during his formative years in Michigan, Kaat watched Shantz extensively while the latter was playing for such teams as the Philadelphia Athletics and New York Yankees, winning eight Gold Gloves during his career (1949-64). Shantz’s best year was 1952, when he won the American League MVP Award as a member of the Athletics.
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