James ‘Catfish’ Hunter was a dominant right-handed pitcher for the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees in his fifteen-year career. He is one of the few players in baseball history to make his Major League debut without any previous professional baseball experience. During his time in the Majors, he pitched a perfect game in 1968, won the American League Cy Young Award in 1974, won twenty or more games in five consecutive seasons, appeared in eight All-Star games, and was a five-time World Series champion. Although his pitching career ended at the early age of 33, Hunter was still able to accumulate 224 wins and 2,012 Strikeouts with a lifetime ERA of 3.26.
-Michael Rinehart Jr.
August 18, 2013