» September 20, 1965:
Fewer fans (537) see the A's Jim "Catfish" Hunter beat Jim "Mudcat" Grant, 8–2, in Minnesota. Both contests are makeup games.
» June 9, 1966: Minnesota rocks Kansas City with the first 5-HR inning in AL history. 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.
» July 26, 1966: Catfish Hunter, Kansas City's top winner, undergoes an appendectomy.
» May 2, 1967: Washington and Kansas City 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.
» July 12, 1967: Reds 3B Tony Perez ends the longest All-Star Game (15 innings, three hours and 41 minutes) with a home run off Catfish Hunter. home runs by National League 3B Richie Allen and American League 3B Brooks Robinson account for the other runs in a 2–1 NL triumph.
» September 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 American League'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.
» 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.
» August 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 seven 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 Diego Segui.
» July 17, 1969: Sal Bando is 5-for-5 and drives in the first four runs in the A's 8–2 win over Seattle. Don Mincher drives in both runs off Catfish Hunter (8-7).
» August 17, 1969:
The Tigers tie a club record with six homers, and Denny McLain wins his 19th, beating the A's at Oakland, 9–4. Al Kaline homers in the 7th and 9th off relievers, but the first three Bengal homers come off starter Catfish Hunter.
» July 14, 1970: At Riverfront Stadium, the National League 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 three hits in the first eight innings. In the 9th, the NL tees off on Catfish Hunter, driving in three runs to tie. Dick Dietz hits a leadoff home run in the inning. Claude Osteen pitches the 10th for the win.
» July 23, 1971:
Catfish Hunter is knocked out in the 7th inning, but before he exits he drives in four runs as Oakland beats Detroit and Mickey Lolich, 9–7. Sal Bando has two homers, while the Tigers hit 4.
» October 4, 1971: Baltimore wins its 2nd straight game in the ALCS, beating Oakland 5–1 on home runs by Boog Powell (2), Brooks Robinson, and Ellie Hendricks. Four of Baltimore's seven hits against Catfish Hunter are homers.
» June 14, 1972: In another tight pitching duel, the Orioles Dave McNally wins, 2–1, over the A's Catfish Hunter when Bobby Grich hits a 10th inning homer. The O's have now won seven straight.
» October 15, 1972: The A's win 2–1 as Joe Rudi clouts a home run and makes a game-saving catch in the 9th to back up Catfish Hunter's pitching before an afternoon crowd of 53,224, a record for Cincinnati. The A's take a 2-game advantage as the Series moves to Oakland.
» October 20, 1972: Pete Rose begins the scoring with a first-pitch home run off Catfish Hunter, and ends it with a 9th-inning RBI single, as the Reds stay alive with a 5–4 triumph.
» May 9, 1973:
Al Bumbry and Rich Coggins hit their first major league homers, slugging them back-to-back off the A's Catfish Hunter. The A's still win, 4–3.
» July 24, 1973: The National League 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 four weeks. The A's ace has a 15-3 record at the time.
» October 11, 1973: Catfish Hunter throws a 5-hitter as Oakland wins 3–0 to take the American League flag.
» August 24, 1974:
The Red Sox, leading the American League By eight games. lose today, 4–1 to Oakland's Catfish Hunter, to start their slide. They will finish in 3rd place, seven games in back.
» October 11, 1974: It is revealed that Oakland ace Catfish Hunter has charged owner Charlie Finley with a breach of contract.
» October 15, 1974: In a Tuesday night game, the surprise starter for the Dodgers is Al Downing. But Catfish Hunter is too much for LA, and Oakland wins another 3–2 game.
» October 30, 1974: Catfish Hunter is named the American League Cy Young Award winner. He led the league with 25 wins and a 2.49 ERA.
» November 26, 1974: Catfish Hunter meets with Charlie 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.
» December 13, 1974: Catfish Hunter wins his claim against Charlie Finley and is declared a free agent by arbitrator Peter Seitz.
» December 19, 1974: The race to sign Catfish Hunter begins in the law offices of Cherry, Cherry & Flythe in Ahoskie, North Carolina. Yankee and Red Sox representatives are the first arrivals.
» December 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.
» May 31, 1975: Cesar Tovar gets the only hit for Texas, the 5th time in his career he has had his team's lone hit in a game. The Yankees Catfish Hunter hurls the one-hit 6–0 victory.
» April 8, 1976: At County Stadium, the Brewers open against the Yankees with Hank Aaron driving in three 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 five runs in seven innings. Later, both he and reliever Sparky Lyle, complain about the flatness of the mound.
» September 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 five straight 20-win seasons.
» April 7, 1977:
Before 43,785 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 seven 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.
» June 17, 1977: At Boston, the Sox jump on Yankee starter Catfish Hunter for four 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.
» July 7, 1977: New York completes a 3-game sweep of Cleveland behind the four hit pitching of Catfish Hunter. New York wins, 8–2.
» July 21, 1977: Catfish Hunter tosses a 7–0 shut out against the Brewers to snap the Yankees 3-game loss streak. Milwaukee comes back in the nitecap to win, 5–4, in 10 innings.
» August 24, 1977: Catfish Hunter notches his final win of the year, an 11–1 four-hit victory over the Twins. New York supports Hunter with homers outages by Roy White, Mickey Rivers, Chris Chambliss and Bucky Dent.
» September 10, 1977: Toronto's Roy Howell knocks in nine runs with a single, two doubles, and two home runs, 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.
» September 7, 1978: The Yankees, four games behind the Red Sox in the American League 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 five of the runs. The Yanks collect 21 hits off four Sox pitchers, including three hits apiece by Randolph, Thurman Munson and White. Mike Torrez, with one inning of work, takes the loss. Ken Clay, in relief of Catfish Hunter, is the winner.
» September 16, 1978: With 55,091 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 three 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.
» October 6, 1978: Despite three home runs 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.
» January 14, 1987: Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.
» July 26, 1987: Catfish Hunter, Billy Williams, and Ray Dandridge are inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
» March 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 American League Champion Indians, 5–2.
» November 9, 1998:
It is revealed that Hall of Fame P Jim "Catfish" Hunter is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the progressive, ultimately fatal neurological condition better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.