The 27th Annual Springfield Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on April
5th, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza. Tickets, priced at $50, can be reserved by calling Lesa Schaive at 529-0008.
Guest Speaker - Jim Kaat
Jim Kaat, who won 283 games and 16 Gold
Gloves during a 25-year Major League Baseball pitching career that
spanned four decades, will be the featured speaker at the Springfield
Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremonies.
Kaat, 78, made his big league debut Aug.
2, 1959, with the Washington Senators in 1959. When the franchise moved
to Minnesota for the 1961 season, Kaat went along and he pitched for the
Twins until 1973, including a complete game victory in Game 2 of the
1965 World Series.
He also pitched for the Chicago White Sox
(1973-75), Philadelphia Phillies (1976-79), New York Yankees (1979-80)
and St. Louis Cardinals (1980-83). He was a combined 19-16 with a 3.82
ERA in St. Louis, and appeared in four games in the 1982 World Series
Kaat was selected to
three All-Star teams and was the American League leader in shutouts
(five) in 1962 and the A.L. leader in wins (25) and complete games (19)
in 1966. In addition to his 283 career wins, he has three 20-win
He served as pitching coach for the Cincinnati
Reds under Pete Rose, then moved into the broadcast booth for 22 years,
calling games for the Yankees and Twins. He briefly retired from
broadcasting in 2006 but came back in 2009 and still works with Bob
Costas on MLB Network broadcasts.