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Born in Hertford, North Carolina, USA
Died in Hertford, North Carolina, USA  (Lou Gehrig's disease)
Birth NameJames Augustus Hunter
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Catfish Hunter was born on April 8, 1946 in Hertford, North Carolina, USA as James Augustus Hunter. He is known for his work on 1971 American League Championship Series (1971), 1972 American League Championship Series (1972) and 1973 American League Championship Series (1973). He was married to Helen Hunter. He died on September 9, 1999 in Hertford.

Family (1)

Spouse Helen Hunter (9 October 1966 - 9 September 1999)  (his death)  (3 children)

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Pitcher for the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics (1965-1974) and New York Yankees (1975-1979).
Led American League pitchers in winning percentage in 1971 (.750) and 1973 (.808).
Led American League pitchers in games won in 1975 (25) and 1976 (23).
Made major league debut on 13 May 1965.
Enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987.
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 288-289. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Jim Hunter did not get his famous "Catfish" nickname until he was signed in 1964 by then-Athletics owner Charles O. Finley. Finley wanted Hunter to have a catchy nickname, so he made up a story that Hunter went fishing one day when he was little and came home with a large catfish. This story was repeated to the media and the nickname stuck.
Inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.
Inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018 (inaugural class).

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