Jim Kaat – pitcher
Kaat’s career spanned part of four decades from 1959 through 1983. During a 25-year career, Kaat played for Minnesota, St. Louis, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees as well as four years with the Phillies. Having already won 14 Gold Glove awards before pitching for the Phillies in 1976, Kaat won his final two with them in 1976 and 1977.
Kaat’s best defensive season was in 1978, not committing an error in 24 starts. His 16 Gold Glove Awards is tied with Brooks Robinson for second all-time behind Greg Maddux, who has won the award 19 times. Despite 283 wins and a 3.45 ERA, Kaat has not received the call to the Hall of Fame.
Bob Boone – catcher
Boone played the first 10 years of a very successful 19-year career with the Phillies. He won the first of two consecutive Gold Glove awards with the Phillies in 1978. His fielding percentages of .991 and .985 during that time was above the league average and he threw out 40 percent of would be base stealers during that period.
While Boone was the best defensive catcher in franchise history, his best defensive play was later in his career. He won five Gold Glove awards after the age of 34 while with the Angels and Royals, including four consecutive, his last at age 41 in 1989.