Jim Kaat spent a whopping 25 seasons as a left-handed pitcher in the big leagues, and over that span he notched 283 wins and posted an ERA of 3.45. So the man could twirl it just a bit.
In retirement, Kaat has distinguished himself as a broadcaster and, it now seems, as an avocational golfer. Insofar as the latter pursuit is concerned, Mr. Kaat's skills may be described as "crackin' good." Here's the relevant excerpt from Golf Digest:
Kaat, who turned 75 on Nov. 7, shot his age on Dec. 7 at McArthur Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., a Tom Fazio-Nick Price work. That alone makes him one of just thousands who have shot their age. But Kaat's 75 was as a righthander, and together with three other age-shooting rounds he's had from the left side, the feat makes Kaat the first golfer we've chronicled who has shot their age from both sides of the ball.
I know little of this thing they call golf (we leave such matters to the drenched-in-expertise Eye On Golf), but I do know that shooting one's age is highly impressive. Shooting one's age from both sides of the darn tee, however, is so impressive as to be rendered coconuts. And Mr. Kaat did just that.
Here, again courtesy of Golf Digest, is a look at Kaat's double-sided fairway game ...
Jim Kaat, you see, is good at baseball, golf, life.
(Wink of CBS eye: BBTF)