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Catfish Hunter from the Chronology
Mar 1, 1996 - The Yankees christen Legends Field their new $30 million 31-acre complex near the Tampa Airport. The field has the exact dimensions of the stadium in the Bronx. On hand to see Phil Rizzuto toss out the first ball are former Yanks Whitey Ford Catfish Hunter Ron Guidry and Chris Chambliss who then watch the new Yankees beat the AL Champion Indians 5-2.
Oct 6, 1978 - Despite 3 HRs by George Brett off Catfish Hunter the Yankees pull out a 6-5 win in the 3rd game of the LCS. Thurman Munson's 2-run homer in the 8th gives the Yanks a 2-1 series lead. Reggie Jackson hits a 2nd inning homer to match a George Brett blast.
Sep 16, 1978 - With 55091 looking on the Yankees snap a 2-2 tie with a 9th inning triple by Willie Randolph and a sacrifice fly by Thurman Munson to beat the Red Sox 3-2. New York now leads by 3 1/2 games. The Yanks first score on a Reggie Jackson 2-run blast in the 5th. Both starters Catfish Hunter and Mike Torrez go the distance.
Sep 7, 1978 - The Yankees 4 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East arrive in Boston for a crucial 4-game series. The Yanks begin the "Boston Massacre" with a 15-3 route as Willie Randolph drives in 5 of the runs. The Yanks collect 21 hits off 4 Sox pitchers including 3 hits apiece by Randolph Munson and White. Mike Torrez with one inning of work takes the loss. Ken Clay in relief of Catfish Hunter is the winner.
Sep 10, 1977 - Toronto's Roy Howell knocks in 9 runs with a single 2 doubles and 2 HRs as the Blue Jays crush the Yankees 19-3. Catfish Hunter takes the loss to finish the season at 9-9. He will not pitch again till the World Series.
Jun 17, 1977 - At Boston the Sox jump on Yankee starter Catfish Hunter for 4 first-inning homers as Rick Burleson and Fred Lynn hit leadoff homers and Carlton Fisk and George Scott follow suit later in the inning. Boston adds another homer enroute to an 11-1 win to take over 1st place in the AL East.
Apr 7, 1977 - Before 43785 in the Opener at Yankee Stadium Catfish Hunter holds the Brewers to five hits three by Von Joshua as the Yankees win 3-0. Von's last hit strikes Catfish in the instep and he leaves after 7 innings of work. Sparky Lyle pitches the last two innings. Jim Wynn has two hits for New York including a homer in his first Yankee at-bat. Reggie Jackson in his first start as a Yankee also has two hits and two runs one on a suicide squeeze by Willie Randolph. With the recent addition of Bucky Dent to the lineup the Yankees start an all-star at every position (Catfish Hunter Thurman Munson Chris Chambliss Willie Randolph Dent Graig Nettles Roy White Mickey Rivers Reggie Jackson and Jimmy Wynn). They will duplicate this on Opening Day 2005.
Oct 17, 1976 - On a cold Sunday night the Reds gang up on Catfish Hunter for 3 runs but the Yankees battle back to tie it up. With 2 outs in the 9th inning Yanks SS Fred Stanley throws Griffey's easy grounder into the dugout. A walk and a Tony Perez single follow and the Yanks lose the second WS game 4-3. Yankee SS Jim Mason hits a 7th inning HR off Pat Zachry. It will be Mason's only Series at bat and his is a singular accomplishment.
Sep 19, 1976 - Catfish Hunter notches his 200th career victory as the Yankees stop Milwaukee 2-1. Since 1901 only Christy Mathewson and Pete Alexander have hit the 200 mark before their 31st birthday but arm trouble will limit Catfish to 224 wins. He'll win 17 this year after 5 straight 20-win seasons.
Apr 8, 1976 - At County Stadium the Brewers open against the Yankees with Hank Aaron driving in 3 runs to back Jim Slaton's 4-hit 5-0 win. Five days later Slaton will shut out the Tigers. Catfish Hunter is the loser allowing 5 runs in 7 innings. Later both he and reliever Sparky Lyle complain about the flatness of the mound.
Dec 31, 1974 - Happy New Year. The Yankees sign Catfish Hunter to a 5-year contract worth a reported $3.75 million. This is triple the salary of any other ML player. Catfish will win 40 games over the next two seasons before suffering arm trouble.
Nov 26, 1974 - Catfish Hunter meets with Charles O. Finley in the American Arbitration Association office in New York City for a hearing to determine the validity of Hunter's breach-of-contract claim. Hunter contends that Finley failed to pay $50‚000‚ half of Hunter's salary‚ to a life insurance fund. The case will go to arbitration.
Nov 14, 1973 - Reggie Jackson wins the AL MVP Award unanimously. The Oakland star led the league in runs (99)‚ HRs (32)‚ RBI (117)‚ and slugging (.531). Jim Palmer is named the AL Cy Young winner‚ beating out Nolan Ryan and Catfish Hunter. Wilbur Wood garners just 3 votes despite winning 24 games for the 2nd year in a row‚ and starting 48 games‚ the 4th highest total this century. He started 49 last year.
Jul 24, 1973 - The NL wins the All-Star Game at Kansas City 7-1. A record 54 players are used including Willie Mays who strikes out in his final All-Star appearance and Catfish Hunter who sustains a fractured thumb that will sideline him for 4 weeks. The A's ace has a 15-3 record at the time.
Oct 15, 1972 - The A's win 2-1 as Joe Rudi clouts a HR and makes a game-saving catch in the 9th to back up Catfish Hunter's pitching before an afternoon crowd of 53224 a record for Cincinnati. The A's take a 2-game advantage as the Series moves to Oakland.
Oct 4, 1971 - Baltimore wins its 2nd straight game in the ALCS beating Oakland 5-1 on HRs by Boog Powell (2) Brooks Robinson and Ellie Hendricks. Four of Baltimore's 7 hits against Catfish Hunter are homers.
Jul 23, 1971 - Catfish Hunter is knocked out in the 7th inning but before he exits he drives in 4 runs as Oakland beats Detroit and Mickey Lolich 9-7. Sal Bando has 2 homers while the Tigers hit 4.
Jul 14, 1970 - At Riverfront Stadium the NL wins its 8th straight All-Star Game a thrilling 12-inning 5-4 victory in Cincinnati. Pete Rose crashes into Cleveland catcher Ray Fosse to score the controversial winning run on Jim Hickman's single. Fosse who never had the ball hurts his right shoulder and is taken to the hospital. The game is scoreless until the 6th with the NL limited to 3 hits in the first 8 innings. In the 9th the NL tees off on Catfish Hunter driving in 3 runs to tie. Dick Dietz hits a leadoff HR in the inning. Claude Osteen pitches the 10th for the win.
Aug 17, 1969 - The Tigers tie a club record with 6 homers and Denny McLain wins his 19th beating the A's at Oakland 9-4. Kaline homers in the 7th and 9th off relievers but the first 3 Bengal homers come off starter Catfish Hunter.
Aug 26, 1968 - In their first of two straight doubleheaders Dave McNally makes it easy in the opener by belting a first-inning grand slam off the A's Chuck Dobson. The O's score 7 runs in the inning and beat the A's. 8-2. The A's come back in the nitecap winning 2-0 behind Catfish Hunter and Segui.
May 8, 1968 - Oakland's Catfish Hunter pitches a perfect game against the Twins winning 4-0. The 22-year old righthander hurls the first American League regular season perfecto in 46 years. He strikes out 11 including Harmon Killebrew three times and drives in three of the A's four runs the other coming on a two-out bases-loaded walk to 1B Danny Cater in the eighth inning.
Apr 10, 1968 - In Baltimore the Orioles open against the Oakland Athletics with Tom Phoebus winning over Catfish Hunter 3-1. Hunter at age 20 is the youngest opening day starter ever. Reggie Jackson homers for the A's only run while Brooks Robinson homers for Baltimore.
Sep 27, 1967 - In afternoon games Cleveland tops Boston 6-0 while the Twins drop a 5-1 decision to California. In their last games in Kansas City before moving to Oakland the 10th place A's sweep a doubleheader from Chicago beating the AL's ERA leaders Gary Peters and Joe Horlen. Peters loses the opener 5-2 and Horlen the nitecap 4-0 to rookie Catfish Hunter. Jim Gosger leads the way for KC by going 5-for-8 in the doubleheader. The two losses on this "Black Wednesday" drops Chicago to 4th place with only a hope of a tie for the pennant.
Jul 12, 1967 - Reds 3B Tony Perez ends the longest All-Star Game (15 innings 3 hours and 41 minutes) with a HR off Catfish Hunter. HRs by NL 3B Richie Allen and AL 3B Brooks Robinson account for the other runs in a 2-1 NL triumph.
May 2, 1967 - Washington and Kansas split a pair each by 10 scores. Pete Richert is the winner for Washington in the opener beat Lew Krausse. Catfish Hunter returns the compliment topping Jim Hannan in game 2.
Jun 9, 1966 - Minnesota rocks Kansas City with a 5-HR inning. Rich Rollins Zoilo Versalles connect off Catfish Hunter along with successive roundtrippers by Tony Oliva Don Mincher (off Paul Lindblad) and Harmon Killebrew (off John Wyatt) in the 7th inning to give the Twins a 9-4 victory.