Oakland A’s pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter threw a perfect game, 47 years ago today.
On Wednesday, May 8, 1968, Hunter retired all 27 Minnesota Twins he faced for a 4-0 win at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum. Hunter’s perfecto was the third of the 1960s, following gems by Jim Bunning (1964) and Sandy Koufax (1965).
Also throwing no-nos on this date are the Boston Doves’ Frank “Big Jeff” Pfeffer and the New York Giants’ Carl Hubbell.
Pfeffer in 1907 no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for a 6-0 win at Huntington Avenue Grounds.
In 1929, Hubbell no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates for an 11-0 victory at the Polo Grounds.