Buddy Hunter was born on Saturday, August 9, 1947, in Omaha, Nebraska. Hunter was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 1, 1971, with the Boston Red Sox. 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 Buddy Hunter baseball stats page.
" Ted Williams came up to me in Spring Training, it really was during my first game. He sat right next to me on the bench. After a moment he said, 'Hunt, why did you swing at that first breaking ball?' I said to him, 'It was a strike.' He waited another moment then said, 'Why did you swing at that second breaking ball' and I said to him again, 'Well, Ted , it was also a strike.' He slammed his fist on the bench and said, 'Damn it Hunt, I don't care if it was a strike or not, you couldn't hit a curve if you had forty at-bats.' He then gave me some great advice, 'Tap your bat on the plate. Put it on your right shoulder. Pull it back then say to yourself, please Lord, throw me a fastball." - Buddy Hunter (Baseball Almanac Interview, March 2020)
Buddy Hunter Autograph on a 1973 Topps Baseball Card (#596)
Buddy Hunter Pitching Stats
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Buddy Hunter Hitting Stats
Buddy Hunter Fielding Stats
|1971 Red Sox||2B||6||3||90||14||2.3||14||5||9||0||1||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||4.20|
|1973 Red Sox||2B||2||2||54||13||6.5||13||6||7||0||3||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||6.50|
|1973 Red Sox||3B||3||0||24||1||0.3||1||0||1||0||1||n/a||n/a||n/a||1.000||1.13|
|1975 Red Sox||2B||1||0||15||4||4.0||3||2||1||1||1||n/a||n/a||n/a||.750||5.40|
Buddy Hunter Miscellaneous Stats
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|1971 Red Sox||0||0||.000||1||3||n/a||0.0||9.0||0.0||-||-||-|
|1973 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||9||1||0.0||7.0||3.5||-||-||-|
|1975 Red Sox||0||0||.000||0||0||0||0.0||0.0||0.0||-||-||-|
Harold James Hunter was a Major League Baseball player with the Boston Red Sox ( 1971 , 1973 , 1975 ). When Buddy, his nickname, made his big league debut on July 1, 1971 , he became the first South High School graduate to reach the majors!
Buddy Hunter Pseudo Rookie Card | 1972 Topps "Style" Baseball Card (#NN) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Buddy Hunter was inducted into the Nebraska Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010. During the induction day ceremony, he shared the following story about Tommy Lasorda , who gave Hunter some advice while playing winter ball in the Venezuelan League:
Did you know that Buddy Hunter played with the Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A) before making the majors (1971), during his time in the majors (1972-1975), and after his last big league cup of coffee for four years (1976-1979)? Author David Borges, in The Pawtucket Red Sox (Arcadia Publishing, 11/13/2002, Page 7) wrote, "Through it all, there have been numerous great PawSox players. Guys like Jim Rice , Fred Lynn , Rick Burleson , Wade Boggs , Bruce Hurst , Roger Clemens , Oil Can Boyd , Mike Greenwell , Mo Vaughn , Norma Garciaparra , and Trot Nixon all went on to stardom in Boston . Guys like Cecil Cooper , John Tudor , Bobby Ojeda , Brady Anderson , Aaron Sele , and David Eckstein went on to find success with other franchises. It is not all about the superstars, either. For every Clemens or Garciaparra there has been a Buddy Hunter, a Chico Walker , a Rick Lancellotti , a Pork Chop Pough—career minor-leaguers who were just as beloved by PawSox fans as the superstars were."
Last-Modified: March 27, 2020 4:41 AM EST