Wednesday, April 08, 2020

We remember Jim "Catfish" Hunter 1946-99

We remember Jim "Catfish" Hunter, who was born on this day in 1946.    He died in 1999.

Catfish came up with the Kansas City A's in 1965 and started 20 games.   The franchise moved to Oakland in 1968 and he was the pitching ace of the team that won 3 World Series in a row, 1972-74.    In 1975, "Catfish" became a free agent and played with the Yankees who won the World Series in 1977-78.   He won 5 World Series rings in the 1970s.

Overall, Catfish won 224 games with a 3.26 career ERA.  He was 9-6 in the postseason.   

My memory of the late Catfish is that he was very tough in the playoffs, as Orioles' fans learned in the 5th game of the 1973 ALCS when he pitched Oakland to the World Series.    He was indeed a big game pitcher!

Great Hall of Fame pitcher!



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