Jim Kaat

Jim KaatCasey Stengel, then manager of the New York Yankees, said of Kaat in his rookie season: “He looks to me like a young Lefty Grove.”

The summer after he graduated from high school and just before he entered college, Kaat grew 4 1/2 inches. The growth spurt messed up his promising college basketball career. “It destroyed my coordination,” Kaat said.