Catfish Hunter

Catfish Hunter
Birthdate 4/8/1946
Death Date 9/9/1999
Debut Year 1965
Year of Induction 1987
Teams Athletics, Yankees
Position Pitcher

A five-time World Series champion, Jim “Catfish” Hunter was the first pitcher since 1915 to win 200 games by his 31st birthday.

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Hunter represented two teams in three cities in his 8 All Star appearances

Hunter represented two teams in three cities in his 8 All Star appearances

Jim “Catfish” Hunter pitched in 15 big league seasons beginning in 1965. The right-hander pitched his first 10 seasons with the Athletics and his final 5 with the Yankees. After going 8-8 as a rookie for the KC A’s in ’65, Hunter made two consecutive All Star teams. His third All Star selection came
Owner of five rings, Catfish Hunter went 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA in the ’72 Fall Classic

Owner of five rings, Catfish Hunter went 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA in the ’72 Fall Classic

Jim “Catfish” Hunter earned three World Series rings with the A’s and two with the Yankees. Overall his record in the Fall Classic he went 5-3 with a 3.29 ERA. In the ’72 tilt, Hunter earned two wins, the only World Series in which he won multiple games. In the collection is this letter from
Hunter led the league in wins (25) and ERA (2.49) in his 1974 Cy Young season

Hunter led the league in wins (25) and ERA (2.49) in his 1974 Cy Young season

The 1974 Cy Young Award winner, Catfish Hunter led the league with 25 wins and a 2.49 ERA and 0.986 WHIP that season. He also won nine post-season contests including five in the Fall Classic. Hunter was a key member of five World Series champions from 1972-1978, winning three in a row with Oakland f

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