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‘Catfish’ signs with Yankees, 43 years ago today

Jim “Catfish” Hunter
Jim “Catfish” Hunter, who threw a 1968 perfect game for the Oakland Athletics, became the highest paid MLB player, 43 years ago today.

On Dec. 31, 1974, the New York Yankees signed Hunter to a five-year $3.7 million contract, putting the 28-year-old right-hander in a salary league of his own.

Hunter, who spent 10 seasons with the Kansas City/Oakland A’s, threw a 4-0 perfecto against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, May 8, 1968, at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.

‘Catfish’ Hunter tosses perfect game, 48 years ago today

Jim "Catfish" Hunter
Jim “Catfish” Hunter
Oakland A’s pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter threw a perfect game, 48 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.

A’s perfecto pitcher ‘Catfish’ Hunter signs with Yankees, 41 years ago today

Jim "Catfish" Hunter
Jim “Catfish” Hunter
Jim “Catfish” Hunter, who threw a perfect game for the Oakland Athletics in 1968, signed with the New York Yankees 41 years ago today.

Hunter’s 5-year, $3.75 million dollar contract was unprecedented in its day, tripling what any other major league player was making.

“With the Cat, we are World Champions,” A’s teammate Reggie Jackson told the AP. “Without him, we are a question mark … we are not a shoo-in anymore.” Jackson would jump from the A’s to the Yanks on November 29, 1976.

Hunter’s 1968 perfect game for the A’s was was his only career no-hitter. On Wednesday, May 8, 1968, Hunter retired every Minnesota Twins batter he faced for a 4-0 win at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.

Pitcher’s mound lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches, 47 years ago today

The pitcher's mound, a favorite gathering spot to talk about jammed eyelids, visiting fathers, cursed gloves and wedding gifts, was lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches for the '69 season.
The pitcher’s mound, a favorite gathering spot to talk about jammed eyelids, visiting fathers, cursed gloves and wedding gifts, was lowered from 15 inches to 10 inches for the ’69 season.
Major League Baseball lowered the pitcher’s mound height from 15 inches to 10 inches, 47 years ago today.

The rule change was part of a response to the issue of pitching becoming too dominant in the NL and AL, as evidenced by five no-hitters thrown during the ’68 season:

163 Tom Phoebus
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Saturday, April 27, 1968
Baltimore Orioles 6, Boston Red Sox 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
164 Jim "Catfish" Hunter
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Wednesday, May 8, 1968
Oakland Athletics 4, Minnesota Twins 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(Perfect game)
165 George Culver
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Monday, July 29, 1968 (Second game of doubleheader)
Cincinnati Reds 6, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
166 Gaylord Perry
  San Francisco Giants (NL)
  Tuesday, September 17, 1968
San Francisco Giants 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)
167 Ray Washburn
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Wednesday, September 18, 1968
St. Louis Cardinals 2, San Francisco Giants 0
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)

How did the changes work? They resulted in six no-hitters in the ’69 season:

168 Bill Stoneman
  Montreal Expos (NL)
  Thursday, April 17, 1969
Montreal Expos 7, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Connie Mack Stadium (Philadelphia)
(His first of two no-hitters)
169 Jim Maloney
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Wednesday, April 30, 1969
Cincinnati Reds 10, Houston Astros 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
170 Don Wilson
  Houston Astros (NL)
  Thursday, May 1, 1969
Houston Astros 4, Cincinnati Reds 0
Crosley Field (Cincinnati)
(His second of two no-hitters)
171 Jim Palmer
  Baltimore Orioles (AL)
  Wednesday, August 13, 1969
Baltimore Orioles 8, Oakland Athletics 0
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)
172 Ken Holtzman
  Chicago Cubs (NL)
  Tuesday, August 19, 1969
Chicago Cubs 3, Atlanta Braves 0
Wrigley Field (Chicago)
(His first of two no-hitters; Holtzman becomes the second MLB pitcher to throw a no hitter without a single strikeout.)
173 Bob Moose
  Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)
  Saturday, September 20, 1969
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, New York Mets 0
Shea Stadium (New York)

So much for that theory!

Pitchers who threw no-nos and won Cy Young Awards

Cy Young baseball card
Cy Young baseball card
Today would be the 148th birthday of Cy Young, the legendary pitcher who threw three no-hitters during a 22-year career that included a major league record 511 wins.

We thought we’d celebrate the day by taking a look at pitchers who threw no-hitters and also won Cy Young awards. Sandy Koufax won three Cy Young awards and threw four no-hitters, while Randy Johnson won three Cy Young Awards and threw two no-hitters. Tim Lincecum boasts two of each.

Roger Clemens won seven Cy Young Awards but never was able to throw a no-hitter.

Before we get to the list, we also wish a happy birthday to Chicago White Sox pitcher Bill Dietrich, who was born 105 years ago today. Dietrich no-hit the St. Louis Browns on Tuesday, June 1, 1937 at Comiskey Park.

Here’s the list of pitchers who won Cy Young awards and also threw no-hitters:

1 Warren Spahn
  ML Cy Young 1957, no-hitters 1960 and 1961
2 Sandy Koufax
  ML Cy Young 1963, 1965 and 1966, no-hitters 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965
3 Dean Chance
  ML Cy Young 1964, no-hitter 1967
4 Bob Gibson
  NL Cy Young 1968, 1970, no-hitter 1971
5 Tom Seaver
  NL Cy Young 1969, 1973 and 1975, no-hitter 1978
6 Vida Blue
  AL Cy Young 1971, no-hitter 1970
7 Gaylord Perry
  AL Cy Young 1972, NL Cy Young 1978, no-hitter 1968
8 Jim Palmer
  AL Cy Young 1973, 1975 and 1976, no-hitter 1969
9 Jim "Catfish" Hunter
  AL Cy Young 1974, no-hitter 1968
10 Fernando Valenzuela
  NL Cy Young 1981, no-hitter 1990
11 Bret Saberhagen
  AL Cy Young 1985 and 1989, no-hitter 1991
12 Dwight "Doc" Gooden
  NL Cy Young 1985, no-hitter 1996
13 Mike Scott
  NL Cy Young 1986, no-hitter 1986
14 David Cone
  AL Cy Young 1994, perfect game 1999
15 Randy Johnson
  AL Cy Young 1995, NL Cy Young 1999 and 2002, no-hitters 1990, 2004
16 Roy Halladay
  AL Cy Young 2003, NL Cy Young 2010, perfect game and postseason no-hitter 2010
17 Johan Santana
  AL Cy Young 2004 and 2006, no-hitter 2012
18 Tim Lincecum
  NL Cy Young 2008 and 2009, no-hitters 2013 and 2014
19 Felix Hernandez
  AL Cy Young 2010, perfect game 2012
20 Justin Verlander
  AL Cy Young 2011, no-hitters 2007 and 2011
21 Clayton Kershaw
  NL Cy Young 2011, 2013 and 2014, no-hitter 2014

#10, the Oakland Athletics

The NoNoHitters 30The Oakland Athletics, an American League franchise which began in Philadelphia but later moved to Kansas City and then Oakland, has 11 no-hitters over its history. That gives the team the No. 10 spot on our NoNoHitters 30 list.

Chief Bender threw the Philadelphia Athletics' second no-hitter in 1905.
Chief Bender threw the Philadelphia Athletics’ second no-hitter in 1910.
Weldon Henley threw the Philadelphia Athletics’ first no-hitter in 1905. No one has had two no-hitters for the A’s, although Vida Blue threw one as part of a tandem and also threw his own.

The team failed to notch and no-hitters during its 12-year stop in Kansas City, going 21 years without a no-no between 1947 and 1968. Jim "Catfish" Hunter and Dallas Braden each threw perfect games for the Oakland Athletics.

Here are the Athletics’ no-hitters:

1 Weldon Henley
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Saturday, July 22, 1905 (First game of doubleheader)
Philadelphia Athletics 6, St. Louis Browns 0
Robison Field (St. Louis)
2 Charles "Chief" Bender
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Thursday, May 12, 1910
Philadelphia Athletics 4, Cleveland Naps 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
3 Joe Bush
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Saturday, August 26, 1916
Philadelphia Athletics 5, Cleveland Indians 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
4 Dick Fowler
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Sunday, September 9, 1945 (Second game of doubleheader)
Philadelphia Athletics 1, St. Louis Browns 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
5 Bill McCahan
  Philadelphia Athletics (AL)
  Wednesday, September 3, 1947
Philadelphia Athletics 3, Washington Senators 0
Shibe Park (Philadelphia)
6 Jim "Catfish" Hunter
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Wednesday, May 8, 1968
Oakland Athletics 4, Minnesota Twins 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(Perfect game)
7 Vida Blue
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Monday, September 21, 1970
Oakland Athletics 6, Minnesota Twins 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
8 Vida Blue (5 inn.)
Glenn Abbott (1 inn.)
Paul Lindblad (1 inn.)
Rollie Fingers (2 inn.)
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Sunday, September 28, 1975
Oakland Athletics 5, California Angels 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(Final game of season. Blue participates in a multiple pitcher no-hitter after throwing his own on Sept. 21, 1970.)
9 Mike Warren
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Thursday, September 29, 1983
Oakland Athletics 3, Chicago White Sox 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
10 Dave Stewart
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Friday, June 29, 1990
Oakland Athletics 5, Toronto Blue Jays 0
Skydome (Toronto)
(With Valenzuela’s no hitter below, second time two have been thrown on same day.)
11 Dallas Braden
  Oakland Athletics (AL)
  Sunday, May 9, 2010
Oakland Athletics 4, Tampa Bay Rays 0
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland)
(Perfect game)

Here’s our list so far from 10 to 30:

No-hitters thrown by franchise


11 Oakland Athletics
  (Philadelphia Athletics/Kansas City Athletics)
11 New York Yankees
  (New York Highlanders/Baltimore Orioles)
11 Houston Astros
  (Houston Colt .45’s)
10 Los Angeles Angels
  (California Angels/Anaheim Angels)
10 St. Louis Cardinals
  (St. Louis Browns/St. Louis Perfectos)
9 Baltimore Orioles
  (Milwaukee Brewers/St. Louis Browns)
7 Minnesota Twins
  (Washington Senators)
7 Detroit Tigers
6 Pittsburgh Pirates
  (Pittsburgh Alleghenys)
5 Texas Rangers
5 Miami Marlins
5 Washington Nationals
4 Kansas City Royals
4 Seattle Mariners
2 Arizona Diamondbacks
1 Milwaukee Brewers
1 Toronto Blue Jays
1 Colorado Rockies
1 Tampa Bay Rays
  (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
1 New York Mets
0 San Diego Padres