Catfish Hunter

James Augustus Hunter
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1987
Primary team: Oakland Athletics
Primary position: Pitcher

The bigger the game, the better he pitched. Jim Catfish Hunter, with his pinpoint control, epitomized smart pitching at its finest. He pitched a perfect game in 1968, won 21 or more games five times in a row and claimed the American League Cy Young Award in 1974. Arm trouble ended his career at age 33, but Hunter still won 224 games and five World Series rings. The likable pitching ace died in 1999 at age 53 as a victim of ALS, the same disease that cut short the life of Lou Gehrig.

"In good times, in bad times and again in comeback times, Jim Hunter has been a model of deportment – never big-headed, never bitter, never self-pitying. He’s just a farm boy with tons of innate class. He ranks Hall of Fame on character as well as performance. "
Dick Young, NY Daily News, September 30, 1978

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1987
Primary Team: Oakland Athletics
Position Played: Pitcher
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: Hertford, North Carolina
Birth year: 1946
Died: 1999, Hertford, North Carolina
Played for:
Kansas City Athletics (1965-1967)
Oakland Athletics (1968-1974)
New York Yankees (1975-1979)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
500
HitsH
2958
RunsR
1380
Innings PitchedIP
3449.1
WinsW
224
LossesL
166
Winning %Winning %
.574
Games StartedGS
476
ERAERA
3.26
Complete GamesCG
181
ShutoutsSHO
42
WHIPWHIP
1.134
SavesSV
1
Earned RunsER
1248
WalksBB
954
StrikeoutsSO
2012