Gold GloveIn baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most "superior individual fielding performance" at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each league. Eighteen Gold Gloves are awarded each year, one at each of nine positions to a player in both the National League and American League.
In 1957, the baseball glove manufacturer Rawlings invented the idea of the Gold Glove to commemorate the best fielding performance at each position in baseball. At the time, there was an award called the "Silver Bat," which was awarded by Hillerich & Bradsby, the Major League Baseball bat provider of the time, to the league's leading hitters, but there was no award for fielding. A glove made from gold lame-tanned leather was affixed to a walnut base and the Gold Glove was born.
The most Gold Gloves ever won by a player is 16, a feat achieved by both third baseman Brooks Robinson and pitcher Jim Kaat.