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.
Author: Dirk Lammers
Dirk Lammers is a veteran journalist who began rooting for the New York Mets in the early-1970s when the team’s no no-hitter count was barely 2,000 games old. Lammers has since turned his research into Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching’s Greatest Feats (Unbridled Books) and NoNoHitters.com, where he maintains the Internet's largest archive of no-hitter information.
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