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CATFISH HUNTER

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FULL NAME: James Augustus Hunter.

BIRTHDAY: April 8, 1946.

WHERE: Hertford, N.C.

BATS/THROWS: Right, right.

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0, 195.

DEBUTED: May 13, 1965.

MAIN TEAM: Oakland Athletics (1969-74).

OTHER TEAMS: Kansas City (1965-67) and New York Yankees (1975-79).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AND STATS: In 15 seasons, Hunter recorded 224 wins (42 shutouts) and 168 losses and had just one save (in 1968). From 1971-76, he won at least 21 games a season, including a 25-12 record in 1974 and a 23-14 mark in '75. After 1976, Hunter's victories significantly declined. He won nine in '77, 12 in '78 and two in '79.

WHAT MAKES HIM GREAT?: He had a career winning percentage of .574 and a 3.26 earned-run average.

INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME: 1987.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: An outdoors enthusiast from his earliest days, Hunter was given the nickname "Catfish" by Charles O. Finley, who at the time was the owner of the Oakland A's. Finley insisted that each player have a nickname to add to his appeal. He made up a story about Hunter running away as a boy and returning home with some catfish.

_ ROGER MILLS

Some information taken from Total Baseball, the Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball.

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