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Rawlings Gold Glove Award


Defense. It’s the heart of the game and the heart of Rawlings. Since its creation in 1957, The Rawlings Gold Glove Award has been the benchmark by which all defense is measured. Over the past 50 years, the award has been bestowed on some of the game’s greatest defensive players: Ozzie Smith, Johnny Bench, and Brooks Robinson, just to name a few. Today, the award remains the highest symbol of defensive excellence and ultimately determines who is “the Finest in the Field”!


In its first year, only nine professional players received the award. Beginning in 1958, eighteen total players received the honor, one for each position, in both the National and American Leagues. The managers and coaches from the Major Leagues are responsible for selecting the winners prior to the conclusion of the regular season. They may not vote for players from their own club and can only vote for players in their own league. In 2007, in conjunction with the award’s 50th Anniversary, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award® expanded to recognize athletes at the collegiate and high school levels. Nine awards are now given to each division in the NCAA (1,2,3), the NJCAA (1,2,3), NAIA, as well as high school athletes from around the country.

The storied history of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award has inspired a new class of athletes to attempt jaw-breaking plays and acrobatic snags in the dirt; all in the hopes of taking home the gold. More than 50 years later, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award remains the game’s greatest measure of defensive excellence and its legacy is sure to live on for years to come.

Players with 10 or more Rawlings Gold Glove Awards
Greg Maddux (17)
Jim Kaat (16)
Brooks Robinson (16)
Ozzie Smith (13)
Roberto Clemente (12)
Willie Mays (12)
Ivan Rodriguez (12)
Keith Hernandez (11)
Omar Vizquel (11)
Roberto Alomar (10)
Johnny Bench (10)
Ken Griffey, Jr. (10)
Al Kaline (10)
Mike Schmidt (10)

Original 1957 Rawlings Gold Glove Team
P - Bobby Shantz (New York)
C - Sherm Lollar (Chicago)
1B - Gil Hodges (Brooklyn)
2B - Nellie Fox (Chicago)
3B - Frank Malzone (Boston)
SS - Roy McMillan (Cincinnati)
LF - Minnie Minoso (Chicago)
CF - Willie Mays (New York)
RF - Al Kaline (Detroit )