The MLB released this collection of highlights featuring the year’s Gold Glove winners at each position. It’s a bit long, but if you like awesome fielding plays and can spare the time, it’s definitely worth the watch.
In 1962, Ken Hubbs, a rookie infielder for the Cubs, was selected as the Gold Glove winner at the second base position. It was the first time in Major League that a rookie won the fielding award. In addition to the Gold Glove, Hubbs also won the National League Rookie of the Year award. He was considered the best defensive second baseman of his time, until his tragic death in a plane crash in 1964.
On 2 April 2001, Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki made his Major League debut at Safeco Field. It was the first time in MLB history that a Japanese-born position player participated in a regular-season game. In that game, Suzuki hit 2-for-5 as the Mariners won 5-4 over the Oakland A’s. In his rookie season, Ichiro not only won the batting title, but also the AL MVP award, Rookie of the Year, a Gold Glove, and the stolen base title.
In spite of his lean frame, which initially raised questions about his performance potential, Ichiro has participated in ten consecutive All Star games. He has also won ten Golden Gloves and seven AL hitting titles.