It should be noted that the phrase "at each position" is not strictly accurate. Three outfielders are selected, but the award does not distinguish among left, center, and right fielders. Some critics have long called for awarding a single Gold Glove for each individual outfield position, arguing that the three outfield positions are not equivalent defensively.
In 1957, the baseball glove manufacturer Rawlings created the Gold Glove Award to commemorate the best fielding performance at each position in baseball. A glove made from gold lamé-tanned leather was affixed to a walnut base, and the Rawlings Gold Glove was born.
The most Gold Gloves ever won by a player is 17 by pitcher Greg Maddux.
Rafael Palmeiro might be considered the only designated hitter to win the Gold Glove. Palmeiro won the 1999 award with the Texas Rangers while only appearing in 28 games as a first baseman; he appeared in 135 games as a DH that season, resulting in some controversy.
Gold Glove awards also exist in other baseball leagues. For example, they are called "Golden Glove awards" in Japan.
|First Base||Keith Hernandez||11|
|Second Base||Roberto Alomar||10|
|Third Base||Brooks Robinson||16|
|Outfield|| Willie Mays and|