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For someone who always preferred the simple things in life, James Augustus Hunter was a complex man. To most of the world, he was Catfish, the big-game, big-money, right-handed ace who anchored an Oakland A’s pitching staff that won three straight World Series titles from 1972 to 1974.When did Catfish Hunter throw a perfect game?
Joe Rudi was on his way to a charity golf tournament yesterday in South Dakota. Rudi and Hunter climbed through the A's system together, and their families remained close through the years. The A's promoted Rudi to the major leagues May 8, 1968, and he played left field that night, as Hunter threw a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins.When did Catfish Hunter get into the Hall of Fame?
His major-league career -- divided between the A's and New York Yankees -- began in 1965 and ended with arm trouble in '79. Hunter won 224 games, earned five World Series rings and was elected into the Hall of Fame (with 76 percent of the vote) in 1987.What was Catfish Hunter's batting average in 1971?
Hunter was also a competent hitter, with a career batting average of .226; in 1971 he hit .350 with 36 hits in 38 games. After the designated hitter was adopted by the American League in 1973, Hunter had only two plate appearances in his final seven seasons, with one base hit in 1973.