Tommie Agee becomes first position player to win a Gold Glove in both leagues


Tommie Agee made MLB history on November 21, 1970, when the New York Mets outfielder became the first position player to win a Gold Glove in both leagues.

On November 21, 1970, New York Mets outfielder Tommie Agee made baseball history: he became the first non-pitcher to win a Gold Glove in both the American and National League. Before joining the Mets, Agee began his career with scattered playing time from 1962-1964 for the Cleveland Indians. He was then traded as part of a three-team deal to the Chicago White Sox.

In Chicago, Agee enjoyed his first real taste of success in the major leagues. His official rookie season was in 1966, when all he did was make the All-Star team, hit 22 home runs with 86 RBI, score 98 runs, smack 27 doubles, and win the Rookie of the Year. Agee also finished 8th in MVP voting that year, losing out on that award to future Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.

But Agee’s fielding in 1966 was also remarkable and won him additional hardware in the form of his first Gold Glove. That year, he boasted a .982 fielding percentage, turned seven double plays from center field, finished third in the AL with 12 outfield assists, and led the league in center field…

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