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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.

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