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Jim 'Catfish' Hunter
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Baseball Player
    (April 8, 1946-September 9, 1999)
    Won 20 games or more 5 times (1971-75)
    Played on 5 World Championship teams with Oakland (3) and NY Yankees (2)
    Pitched a perfect game (1968)
    AL Cy Young Award (1974)
    Completed 30 of 39 games started in 1975
    Career record is 224-166
    KC A's owner Charles O. Finley, found out he liked fishing so he gave him the nickname 'Catfish' and it stuck (1965).
    He chewed tobacco.
    Reggie Jackson said: 'He was a fabulous human being. He was a man of honor. He was a man of loyalty.' However, after winning three straight World Series with the Oakland A's (1972-74), he became a free agent, joining the New York Yankees and George Steinbrenner's money.
    Teammate Lou Pinella said 'Our team played very well on the field together, but there were problems. But Catfish got along with everybody. He was a team leader. Everybody liked Catfish. If you didn't like Catfish, you just didn't like people.'
    His career was cut short at thirty-three by arm trouble.
    He died at fifty-three of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the same disease that killed Lou Gehrig.
    Steinbrenner said: 'Catfish Hunter was the cornerstone of the Yankees' success over the last quarter-century. We were not winning before Catfish arrived, and since his arrival in 1975, the Yankees have the best record in baseball, as well as four world championships. He exemplified class and dignity and taught us how to win.'
    Research: Tim Howard
    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 3 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 4 Votes: 25.00% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 8 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 9 Votes: 22.22% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 12 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 17 Votes: 41.18% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 14 Votes: 35.71% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 133 Votes: 66.17% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 374 Votes: 35.83% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 62 Votes: 38.71% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 152 Votes: 44.74% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 157 Votes: 43.31% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 246 Votes: 43.09% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 315 Votes: 41.90% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 1904 Votes: 42.49% Annoying
    In 2002, Out of 3228 Votes: 35.59% Annoying
 
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