Hunter, Catfish

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Hunter, Catfish Gender: M
James Augustus Hunter
born on 8 April 1946 at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )
Place Hertford, North Carolina, 36n11, 76w28
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Accuracy in question
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Steinbrecher
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American baseball player, a right-handed pitcher who played with the Kansas City / Oakland Athletics (1965–1974) and the New York Yankees (1975–1979).

He was the winner of 25 straight games, leading the Oakland A's to the World Series. However, a contract dispute with Oakland's club owner, Charlie Finley, led to his being a free agent in late 1974 with bidding for the services of his right arm starting at $1 million. On 12/31/1974, Catfish went from being a world championship pitcher for the Angels to signing a contract with the New York Yankees that netted him $3.75 million. His pitching with both the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees eventually took him into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1997, he disclosed that he was suffering heart trouble and that he had diabetes for the last 21 years. A longtime spokesman for the American Diabetes Foundation, he began promoting Upjohn Company's treatment for impotence, a dysfunction suffered by 35-50% of all diabetic men due to damage to the blood vessels. In November 1998 he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He began to fail on 8/08/99 when he was hospitalized from a fall that put him in the hospital. He was discharged on September 3rd to spend his final days at home with his family and died on 9/09/99. He will be remembered as a fierce competitor and a class guy. One friend remarked that he was one of the most selfless role-models in the world of baseball. One of the most dominant pitchers from 1965-79, Catfish compiled a 224-166 record with a 3.26 ERA in 500 career games for the Athletics (Kansas City and Oakland) and Yankees. The durable right-hander pitched a no-hitter game against Minnesota in 1968 and was a member of five World Series winners (1972-74 with Oakland and 1977-78 with New York).

Hunter strung together five consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins from 1971-75. He won the American League Cy Young award in 1974, when he went 25-12 with a league leading 2.49 ERA in 41 starts for Oakland. That was the winter when he became baseball's first multimillionaire player.

He lived with his wife, two kids and 35 dogs on a 113-acre farm, where he grew peanuts, soybeans and turnips. His farm is in close proximity to where he was raised as the youngest of eight kids of a tenant farmer.

An estimated 30,000 Americans are afflicted with ALS, for which there is no known cure. The disease claimed Lou Gehrig in 1941 at the age of 37. Hunter died of Lou Gehrig's Disease on 9 September 1999.

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  • business associate/partner relationship with Fingers, Rollie (born 25 August 1946). Notes: Team mates with the Oakland Athletics
  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Reese, Rich (born 29 September 1941). Notes: Final strike-out in perfect game


  • Work : New Job 13 May 1965 in Chicago (Major League Baseball debut)
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  • Work : Gain social status 8 May 1968 in Oakland (Pitched perfect game)
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  • Work : Prize 22 October 1972 in Cincinnati (Won World Series with the Oakland Athletics)
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  • Work : Prize 21 October 1973 in Oakland (Won World Series with the Oakland Athletics)
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  • Work : Prize 17 October 1974 in Oakland (Won World Series with the Oakland Athletics)
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  • Work : Contracts, agreements 31 December 1974 (Signed with N.Y. Yankees)
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  • Work : Prize 18 October 1977 in Bronx (Won World Series with the New York Yankees)
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  • Work : Prize 17 October 1978 in Los Angeles (Won World Series with the New York Yankees)
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  • Work : Retired 17 September 1979 at 8:43 PM in Cleveland (Final Major League Baseball game)
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  • Social : Secrets revealed 1997 (Revealed diabetes)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis November 1998 (Diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease)
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  • Health : Chronic illness 8 August 1999 in Hertford (Hospitalized from fall)
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  • Death by Disease 9 September 1999 (Lou Gehrig's Disease, age 53)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Steinbrecher. No AM or PM given, just "8:00," presumed to be military time: 8:00 AM


  • Traits : Personality : Loved by all (Role model)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Diabetes/ Hypoglycemia (Adult onset)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Lou Gehrig's disease (Terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Heart disease)
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (Eight)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Eighth of eight)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Animals, pets (35 dogs)
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Advertising (Promoting Upjohn's treatment for impotence)
  • Vocation : Sports : Baseball (Pro.)
  • Vocation : Misc. : Farmer/ Rancher (Soybeans, peanuts, turnips)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Eye-hand coordination (Talented famed pitcher)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Visual perception (Famed baseball pitcher)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Baseball)
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Baseball record holder)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession