Catfish Hunter Stats

Catfish Hunter was born on Monday, April 8, 1946, in Hertford, North Carolina. Hunter was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 13, 1965, with the Kansas City Athletics. 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.

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"Catfish Hunter brought respectability to the Yankees . Without him, we would never have been world champs. If he never pitches another ball, he has been worth every cent." - New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner [ Catfish Hunter Quotes ]

Catfish Hunter

Catfish Hunter Autograph on a 1986 TMCA Baseball Card (#9-ATH)

Catfish Hunter Autograph on a 1986 TMCA Baseball Card (#9-ATH)

Birth Name:
James Augustus Hunter
Nickname:
Catfish
Born On:
04-08-1946  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Hertford, North Carolina
Year of Death Data Died On:
09-09-1999 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Hertford, North Carolina
Cemetery:
Cedarwood Cemetery, Hertford, North Carolina Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Perquimans High School (Hertford, NC)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
05-13-1965 (Age 19)
Last Game:
09-17-1979
Draft:
Not Applicable / $75,000 Bonus Baby

Catfish Hunter

Catfish Hunter Pitching Stats

1965 19 Athletics 32 20 2 8 8 .500 4.26 3 2 0 133.0 567 124 63 68 21 46 5 82 2 2 1 -
1966 20 Athletics 30 25 0 9 11 .450 4.02 4 0 0 176.2 740 158 79 87 17 64 4 103 2 2 2 -
1967 21 Athletics 35 35 0 13 17 .433 2.81 13 5 0 259.2 1,053 209 81 91 16 84 6 196 4 2 1 -
1968 22 Athletics 36 34 2 13 13 .500 3.35 11 2 1 234.0 968 210 87 99 29 69 10 172 0 4 1 -
1969 23 Athletics 38 35 0 12 15 .444 3.35 10 3 0 247.0 1,002 210 92 99 34 85 1 150 8 5 0 -
1970 24 Athletics 40 40 0 18 14 .563 3.81 9 1 0 262.1 1,116 253 111 124 32 74 3 178 6 9 1 -
1971 25 Athletics 37 37 0 21 11 .656 2.96 16 4 0 273.2 1,109 225 90 103 27 80 7 181 2 4 0 -
1972 26 Athletics 38 37 1 21 7 .750 2.04 16 5 0 295.1 1,148 200 67 74 21 70 6 191 3 3 0 -
1973 27 Athletics 36 36 0 21 5 .808 3.34 11 3 0 256.1 1,040 222 95 105 39 69 1 124 2 1 0 -
1974 28 Athletics 41 41 0 25 12 .676 2.49 23 6 0 318.1 1,240 268 88 97 25 46 2 143 1 4 0 -
1975 29 Yankees 39 39 0 23 14 .622 2.58 30 7 0 328.0 1,294 248 94 107 25 83 4 177 7 5 0 -
1976 30 Yankees 36 36 0 17 15 .531 3.53 21 2 0 298.2 1,210 268 117 126 28 68 5 173 6 3 0 -
1977 31 Yankees 22 22 0 9 9 .500 4.71 8 1 0 143.1 608 137 75 83 29 47 3 52 2 3 1 -
1978 32 Yankees 21 20 1 12 6 .667 3.58 5 1 0 118.0 477 98 47 49 16 35 0 56 2 1 0 -
1979 33 Yankees 19 19 0 2 9 .182 5.31 1 0 0 105.0 460 128 62 68 15 34 0 34 2 1 0 -
15 Years 500 476 6 224 166 .574 3.26 181 42 1 3,449.1 14,032 2,958 1,248 1,380 374 954 57 2,012 49 49 7 -

Catfish Hunter

Catfish Hunter Hitting Stats

1965 19 Athletics 32 40 3 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 14 6 0 0 0 .150 .150 .175
1966 20 Athletics 30 59 5 9 1 1 0 0 4 3 0 21 3 0 0 0 .153 .194 .203
1967 21 Athletics 37 92 9 18 4 0 2 0 6 0 0 32 2 0 0 1 .196 .196 .304
1968 22 Athletics 39 82 9 19 3 0 1 0 8 0 0 19 8 0 0 0 .232 .232 .305
1969 23 Athletics 42 85 5 19 2 0 1 0 9 1 0 24 1 2 0 5 .224 .227 .282
1970 24 Athletics 43 90 10 18 4 1 1 0 6 2 0 23 6 1 0 1 .200 .215 .300
1971 25 Athletics 38 103 14 36 1 1 1 0 12 2 0 11 4 0 0 3 .350 .362 .408
1972 26 Athletics 39 105 5 23 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 16 9 2 0 0 .219 .215 .219
1973 27 Athletics 37 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
1974 28 Athletics 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1975 29 Yankees 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1976 30 Yankees 36 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1977 31 Yankees 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1978 32 Yankees 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1979 33 Yankees 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
15 Years 515 658 60 149 16 3 6 0 51 8 0 160 39 5 0 10 .226 .234 .287

Catfish Hunter

Catfish Hunter Fielding Stats

1965 Athletics P 32 20 399 22 0.7 20 4 16 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .909 1.35
1966 Athletics P 30 25 530 27 0.9 24 10 14 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .889 1.22
1967 Athletics 1B 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1967 Athletics P 35 35 779 32 0.9 31 15 16 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .969 1.07
1968 Athletics P 36 34 702 40 1.1 36 16 20 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .900 1.38
1969 Athletics P 38 35 741 49 1.3 49 17 32 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.79
1970 Athletics P 40 40 787 42 1.1 41 17 24 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .976 1.41
1971 Athletics P 37 37 821 41 1.1 41 15 26 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.35
1972 Athletics P 38 37 886 55 1.4 53 23 30 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .964 1.62
1973 Athletics P 36 36 769 36 1.0 35 11 24 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .972 1.23
1974 Athletics P 41 41 955 55 1.3 52 25 27 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .945 1.47
1975 Yankees P 39 39 984 52 1.3 49 23 26 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .942 1.34
1976 Yankees P 36 36 896 56 1.6 54 24 30 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .964 1.63
1977 Yankees P 22 22 430 15 0.7 15 4 11 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.94
1978 Yankees P 21 20 354 24 1.1 24 11 13 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.83
1979 Yankees P 19 19 315 21 1.1 20 10 10 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .952 1.71
P Totals 500 476 10,348 567 1.1 544 225 319 23 16 n/a n/a n/a .959 1.42
1B Totals 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
15 Years 501 476 10,348 567 1.1 544 225 319 23 16 n/a n/a n/a .959 1.42

Catfish Hunter

Catfish Hunter Miscellaneous Stats

1965 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.9 40.0 1.78 5.55 3.11
1966 Athletics 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.8 14.8 1.61 5.25 3.26
1967 Athletics 0 0 .000 1 1 n/a 46.0 2.9 15.3 2.33 6.79 2.91
1968 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 3 n/a 82.0 4.3 10.3 2.49 6.62 2.65
1969 Athletics 0 0 .000 2 2 n/a 85.0 3.5 9.4 1.76 5.47 3.10
1970 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 3 n/a 90.0 3.9 15.0 2.41 6.11 2.54
1971 Athletics 1 0 1.000 1 0 n/a 103.0 9.4 8.6 2.26 5.95 2.63
1972 Athletics 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 6.6 21.0 2.73 5.82 2.13
1973 Athletics 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.80 4.35 2.42
1974 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.11 4.04 1.30
1975 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.13 4.86 2.28
1976 Yankees 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.54 5.21 2.05
1977 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.11 3.27 2.95
1978 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.60 4.27 2.67
1979 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 2.91 2.91
15 Years 2 0 1.000 7 9 0 109.7 4.1 12.9 2.11 5.25 2.49

Catfish Hunter

Catfish Hunter Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1965 Kansas City Athletics 27 $3,000.00 - -
1966 Kansas City Athletics 27 $4,800.00 Stats -
1967 Kansas City Athletics 27 $13,500.00 Stats -
1968 Oakland Athletics 27 $23,500.00 - -
1969 Oakland Athletics 27 $21,500.00 - -
1970 Oakland Athletics 27 $33,200.00 Stats -
1971 Oakland Athletics 27 $44,500.00 - -
1972 Oakland Athletics 27 $50,000.00 Stats Stats
1973 Oakland Athletics 27 $75,000.00 Stats Stats
1974 Oakland Athletics 27 $100,000.00 Stats Stats
1975 New York Yankees 29 $640,000.00 Stats -
1976 New York Yankees 29 $640,000.00 Stats Stats
1977 New York Yankees 29 $640,000.00 - Stats
1978 New York Yankees 29 $640,000.00 - Stats
1979 New York Yankees 29 $640,000.00 - -
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baseball almanac fast facts

James Augustus Hunter was a Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Athletics (1965-1967), Oakland Athletics (1968-1974), and New York Yankees (1975-1979). Catfish, as he was known, shared (Baseball Digest, November 1991, Edvins Beitks, Page 73) how he received the nickname, saying:

"He ( Athletics owner Charlie Finley) told me, 'A player's got to have a nickname,' and he asked me what I liked to do. 'Hunting and fishing,' I said, and he said, 'Let's call you Catfish. The story is, when you were 6 years old you ran away from home to fish and by the time your parents got to you you'd caught two catfish and were just about to bring in a third. Got that? Now you repeat it to me.'"

Catfish Hunter Perfect Game Box Score
Catfish Hunter Perfect Game | The Evening Times | May 9, 1968 | Page 12
Catfish Hunter threw a perfect game on May 8, 1968 , the fifth in American League history, the first for the Athletics . In his very next start ( Box ), he surrendered a lead-off home run to Rod Carew , walked Cesar Tovar , gave-up another homer ( Tony Oliva ), walked another batter ( Harmon Killebrew ), and before settling down, "allowed" Rich Rollins to hit yet another homer. Catfish not only got the win that day, but explained the difficult day to the media saying, "The sun don't shine on the same dog's ass all the time."

Catfish Hunter led the American League in wins twice ( 1974 , 1975 ) and won 20-or-more games five times ( 1971 , 1972 , 1973 , 1974 , 1975 ) - thats five consecutive seasons! No junior circuit pitcher has since duplicated that feat and those who came before him were named Lefty Grove (1927-1933), and Walter Johnson (1910-1919).

Catfish Hunter was the first OAKLAND Athletics right-handed pitcher to fashion a 20-win season ( 1971 ), and his twenty-five wins in 1974 , were the most in Oakland history until 1990 . Do you know who passed him? [ Answer ]

Catfish Hunter threw thirty-complete games with the New York Yankees in 1975 . The previous Bronx Bomber to reach that number was Carl Mays , in 1921 , and no Yankee pitcher since has even come close.

Catfish Hunter Hall of Fame Plaque
Catfish Hunter | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1987 ( HOF )
In 1976, Catfish started feeling pain in his right arm. In 1977, the pain escalated and remained present all season long. In 1978, he was diagnosed with diabetes. A year later, he retired from baseball at age 33. After one painful team loss in 1978, versus the Boston Red Sox ( Box ), Catfish was sent to Lenox Hill Hospital for his injuries. Yaz shared his concern with the press, "All you needed to win a game was give him the ball; he could put it anywhere he wanted and change speeds. I'd like to see him come back and pitch." The locked next to him belonged to George Scott , who shared, "I'll tell you one thing, the man don't have nothing to be ashamed of, no matter how he goes out. He went out and challenged peoples. He went out and beat peoples. He battle your tail. The man coulda alibied a lot of times, 'cause he was pitching hurt, but I never heard him alibi once, 'cause he ain't that type. I'd give him the ball in a big game before I'd give it to anyone, not no Tom Seaver , not nobody. He pitched his 300 innings and won his 20 games for years. He's a Hall of Famer, jack!" Boomer was right, Catfish was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987.

Last-Modified: April 11, 2020 5:35 AM EST

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