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STAC Honorary Degree Recipient Jim Kaat Elected to The Baseball Hall of Fame

Dec 06, 2021

STAC Honorary Degree Recipient Jim Kaat Elected to The Baseball Hall of Fame

St. Thomas Aquinas College is proud to congratulate Jim Kaat on being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2022. What makes this announcement so special to the STAC community is that Mr. Kaat is a friend of the college and was bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree at the college’s 62nd Commencement Ceremony in 2019, where he was accompanied by his wife Margie, and surrounded by 2,000 family and friends of over 300 students who received their degrees.

St. Thomas Aquinas College President Ken Daly said, “We congratulate 2019 STAC Honorary Degree recipient Jim Kaat on his well-deserved election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Kaat’s incredible 25-year playing career provides a shining example of perseverance and durability for our STAC Spartan baseball and softball teams, while Mr. Kaat serves as a role model to all STAC students for his work ethic and commitment to excellence. We look forward to inviting Mr. Kaat back to campus so that our students and the STAC community can congratulate him and celebrate in person.”

Mr. Kaat made his Major League debut in 1959 with the Washington Senators and compiled 283 wins with a 3.45 ERA over a 25-year playing career. He was a three-time All-Star who won a record 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards and was a member of the 1982 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Mr. Kaat held a career in broadcasting following his playing career, including doing commentary for New York Yankees telecasts on MSG and YES from 1995 to 2006. He won seven local Emmy Awards for sports broadcasting, including a New York Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Coverage Series in 1998.

President Daly further stated, “We are also delighted to see Major League Baseball celebrate the diversity of the game by also electing several pioneers, including first black professional player Bud Fowler, first black scout Buck O’Neil, Cuban-born players Minnie Miñoso, and Tony Oliva, and teammate, friend, and supporter of Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, hometown hero of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Mets. We look forward to celebrating their achievements both on and off the baseball field at our Social Justice and Equity forums, where our students learn about and share stories of diversity issues and achievements.”

Jim and Margie Kaat at 2019 STAC Commencement smiling

St. Thomas Aquinas College is proud to congratulate Jim Kaat on being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2022. What makes this announcement so special to the STAC community is that Mr. Kaat is a friend of the college and was bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree at the college’s 62nd Commencement Ceremony in 2019, where he was accompanied by his wife Margie, and surrounded by 2,000 family and friends of over 300 students who received their degrees.

St. Thomas Aquinas College President Ken Daly said, “We congratulate 2019 STAC Honorary Degree recipient Jim Kaat on his well-deserved election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Kaat’s incredible 25-year playing career provides a shining example of perseverance and durability for our STAC Spartan baseball and softball teams, while Mr. Kaat serves as a role model to all STAC students for his work ethic and commitment to excellence. We look forward to inviting Mr. Kaat back to campus so that our students and the STAC community can congratulate him and celebrate in person.”

Mr. Kaat made his Major League debut in 1959 with the Washington Senators and compiled 283 wins with a 3.45 ERA over a 25-year playing career. He was a three-time All-Star who won a record 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards and was a member of the 1982 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Mr. Kaat held a career in broadcasting following his playing career, including doing commentary for New York Yankees telecasts on MSG and YES from 1995 to 2006. He won seven local Emmy Awards for sports broadcasting, including a New York Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Coverage Series in 1998.

President Daly further stated, “We are also delighted to see Major League Baseball celebrate the diversity of the game by also electing several pioneers, including first black professional player Bud Fowler, first black scout Buck O’Neil, Cuban-born players Minnie Miñoso, and Tony Oliva, and teammate, friend, and supporter of Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, hometown hero of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Mets. We look forward to celebrating their achievements both on and off the baseball field at our Social Justice and Equity forums, where our students learn about and share stories of diversity issues and achievements.”

For more information, please contact Annie Lombardi at 845.398.4016 or [email protected].
 

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 72 acres in Rockland County, NY, which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s approximately 2,000 full and part-time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual-degree programs across four Schools: Arts & Social Sciences, Business, Education, and STEM. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is a candidate for accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), and its School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.