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His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Catfish Hunter baseball stats page. "Catfish Hunter brought respectability to the Yankees.Why did Catfish Hunter get the nickname Catfish?
Hunter was sent to the Mayo Clinic that year so that surgeons could work on his foot. He recovered in LaPorte, Indiana at the farm of Athletics owner Charles O. Finley. Finley gave Hunter the nickname "Catfish" in 1965 because he thought his 19-year-old pitcher needed a flashy nickname.Who is 'catfish' Jim Hunter?
Signed by the Athletics out of high school in 1964, Jim Hunter became "Catfish" at the urging of team owner Charlie Finley. Hunter went on to lead the Oakland A's to three World Series titles from 1972-74. (Doug McWilliams/National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)What ever happened to Catfish Hunter?
Catfish Hunter left the Athletics via free agency following the 1974 season and signed with the Yankees. In his first season in New York, Hunter led the American League with 23 wins and 328 innings pitched. (Doug McWilliams/National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)