Hope College Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a comprehensive chart of every Hope College alumni who played baseball at the Hope College AND made it to the Major League level.

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"As a pitcher, Kitty was a thorn in hitters' sides. You'd look at him and know behind that poker face he was thinking of ways to beat you. I always admired Kitty's competitiveness and his ability to make adjustments as he wended his way through the various stages of his career, a career that spanned an astonishing 25 years." - Joe Torre in Still Pitching: Musings from the Mound and the Microphone ( Jim Kaat , Triumph Books, Foreward by Joe Torre , 04/01/2003)

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"Flying Dutchmen"

In Chronological Order

1. Doc Lavan 1909 - 1911 06-22-1913
2. George Zuverink 1909 - 1912 04-21-1951
3. Jim Kaat 1957 - 1957 08-02-1959
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The Hope College baseball program started in 1903, Doc Lavan was the first former Flying Dutch to make it to the Major League level.

Other notable Hope College alumni include Rob Malda (Slashdot founder), Milton J. Nieuwsma (Emmy Award winner), Richard Smalley (Nobel Prize in chemistry), and Rachel Reenstra (Animal Planet host).

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