MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite recording 283 victories over a career that spanned a remarkable 25 seasons, pitcher Jim Kaat spent 15 years on the Hall of Fame ballot without being voted in.

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But the Baseball Writers Association of America passed over Kaat each year until his eligibility finally ended in 2003.

In 2005, the left-hander is getting another chance at a ticket to Cooperstown as one of 25 players who are candidates for election via the Hall of Fame's Veterans Committee ballot.

In the Major Leagues from 1959-83 with the Senators, Twins, White Sox, Phillies, Yankees and Cardinals, Kaat was 283-237 lifetime with a 3.45 ERA. Currently 29th on the all-time victories list, he had three 20-win seasons, which included a career-high 25 victories for Minnesota in 1966. He was also a three-time All-Star and earned his lone World Series ring as a reliever with St. Louis in 1982.

One of the best defensive players at his position, Kaat won 16 consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1962-77. He is tied with former Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson for most Gold Gloves in a career.

The Hall of Fame's Veterans Committee is made up of the 60 living Hall of Fame players, plus the 14 broadcasters who received the Ford Frick Award, the nine living writers who won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, and one committee member whose term has yet to expire.

Candidates must receive 75 percent of the vote to be elected. No one received the required number when the Veterans Committee last voted in 2003. The Hall of Fame will reveal the results of this year's election on March 2.