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Full Name: James Augustus Hunter Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 0"/190 First Game: May 13, 1965
Birthdate: April 8, 1946 Final Game: September 17, 1979
Birthplace: Hertford, North Carolina MLB Experience: 15 years
Died: September 9, 1999
Deathplace: Hertford, North Carolina
Bat/Throw: Right/Right
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987


Biography

Born on April 8, 1946 in Hertford, North Carolina, Catfish Hunter (James Augustus Hunter) played for the Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees over the course of his 15 year career. Hunter broke into the bigs on May 13, 1965 with the Kansas City Athletics, and put up a 4.26 ERA in 133 innings pitched in 1965, his rookie year.

There is some disagreement on what was Catfish Hunter's most productive season. Some believe that it was 1974, when he posted a 2.49 ERA, won 25 games and struck out 143 batters. However, others believe that it was 1972, when he posted a 2.04 ERA, won 21 games and struck out 191 batters.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1965 KC A 32 20 8 8 4.26 82 68 63 3 2 0 133 124 21 46 5 2 2
1966 KC A 30 25 9 11 4.02 103 87 79 4 0 0 176.2 158 17 64 4 2 2
1967 KC A 35 35 13 17 2.81 196 91 81 13 5 0 259.2 209 16 84 6 4 2
1968 OAK A 36 34 13 13 3.35 172 99 87 11 2 1 234 210 29 69 10 0 4
1969 OAK A 38 35 12 15 3.35 150 99 92 10 3 0 247 210 34 85 1 8 5
1970 OAK A 40 40 18 14 3.81 178 124 111 9 1 0 262.1 253 32 74 3 6 9
1971 OAK A 37 37 21 11 2.96 181 103 90 16 4 0 273.2 225 27 80 7 2 4
1972 OAK A 38 37 21 7 2.04 191 74 67 16 5 0 295.1 200 21 70 6 3 3
1973 OAK A 36 36 21 5 3.34 124 105 95 11 3 0 256.1 222 39 69 1 2 1
1974 OAK A 41 41 25 12 2.49 143 97 88 23 6 0 318.1 268 25 46 2 1 4
1975 NY A 39 39 23 14 2.58 177 107 94 30 7 0 328 248 25 83 4 7 5
1976 NY A 36 36 17 15 3.53 173 126 117 21 2 0 298.2 268 28 68 5 6 3
1977 NY A 22 22 9 9 4.71 52 83 75 8 1 0 143.1 137 29 47 3 2 3
1978 NY A 21 20 12 6 3.58 56 49 47 5 1 0 118 98 16 35 0 2 1
1979 NY A 19 19 2 9 5.31 34 68 62 1 0 0 105 128 15 34 0 2 1
Total 500 476 224 166 3.26 2012 1380 1248 181 42 1 3449.1 2958 374 954 57 49 49

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1965 KC A P 32 20 133 4 16 2 1 0 2 11 1 0 .909
1966 KC A P 30 25 176.2 10 14 3 1 0 2 9 8 0 .889
1967 KC A 1B 1 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1967 KC A P 35 35 259.2 15 16 1 1 0 2 11 6 0 .969
1968 OAK A P 36 34 234 16 20 4 0 0 2 12 7 0 .900
1969 OAK A P 38 35 247 17 32 0 4 0 6 10 13 1 1.000
1970 OAK A P 40 40 262.1 17 24 1 3 0 0 19 7 0 .976
1971 OAK A P 37 37 273.2 15 26 0 1 0 2 20 4 1 1.000
1972 OAK A P 38 37 295.1 23 30 2 1 0 1 18 3 0 .964
1973 OAK A P 36 36 256.1 11 24 1 0 0 0 5 18 3 .972
1974 OAK A P 41 41 318.1 25 27 3 1 0 1 14 19 1 .945
1975 NY A P 39 39 328 23 26 3 0 0 1 15 14 0 .942
1976 NY A P 36 36 298.2 24 30 2 2 0 1 24 14 1 .964
1977 NY A P 22 22 143.1 4 11 0 1 0 1 21 5 0 1.000
1978 NY A P 21 20 118 11 13 0 0 0 1 7 6 0 1.000
1979 NY A P 19 19 105 10 10 1 0 0 1 6 7 1 .952
Total P 500 476 3449.1 225 319 23 16 0 23 202 132 8 .959
Total 1B 1 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1965 KC A 32 40 3 6 0 1 .150 .150 .175 1 0 0 14 0 6 0 0 0
1966 KC A 30 59 5 9 0 4 .153 .194 .203 1 1 3 21 0 3 1 0 0
1967 KC A 37 92 9 18 2 6 .196 .196 .304 4 0 0 32 0 2 0 0 1
1968 OAK A 39 82 9 19 1 8 .232 .232 .305 3 0 0 19 0 8 0 0 0
1969 OAK A 42 85 5 19 1 9 .224 .227 .282 2 0 1 24 0 1 0 0 5
1970 OAK A 43 90 10 18 1 6 .200 .215 .300 4 1 2 23 0 6 0 0 1
1971 OAK A 38 103 14 36 1 12 .350 .362 .408 1 1 2 11 0 4 1 0 3
1972 OAK A 39 105 5 23 0 5 .219 .215 .219 0 0 0 16 0 9 0 0 0
1973 OAK A 37 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1974 OAK A 41 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1975 NY A 39 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 NY A 36 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977 NY A 22 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 NY A 21 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979 NY A 19 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 515 658 60 149 6 51 .226 .234 .287 16 3 8 160 0 39 2 0 10

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by Kansas City Athletics (June 8, 1964).
  • Granted free agency (December 16, 1974).
  • Signed by New York Yankees (December 31, 1974).

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