Catfish Hunter wins 1974 AL Cy Young Award
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“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,” said Dick Young in the New York Daily News. “He’s just a farm boy with tons of innate class. He ranks Hall of Fame on character as well as performance.”
He retired after the 1979 season with a career record of 224-166 and a 3.26 ERA.
Hunter was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – Lou Gehrig’s Disease – in 1998 and passed away at the age of 53 in 1999.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum