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Jim "Catfish" Hunter


1946 Born April 8 in Hertford, North Carolina, to Abbott and Lillie Harrell Hunter
1960s Becomes star of Perquiman High baseball team
1963 Injures foot in hunting accident
1964 Signs with Kansas City A's
1965 On May 13, pitches two innings in his major league baseball debut
1966 Marries high school sweetheart, Helen, on October 9
1968 On May 8, pitches a perfect game to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0
1971 Compiles a 21-11 season to help the A's win the Western Division title
1972 Plays in first World Series, comes away a winner
1973 Helps team win the World Series
1974 Helps team win the World Series
1974 Wins contract dispute, becomes free agent, and signs a $3.75 million deal with New York Yankees, making him baseball's first multi-millionaire player
1975 Makes his debut in pinstripes as a New York Yankee
1976 Plays in fourth World Series, though team loses
1977 Has trouble with sore arm; plays and wins fifth World Series
1978 Spends most of season on the disabled list; makes comeback for the World Series, winning game six, the deciding game
1978 Diagnosed with diabetes
1979 Retires from baseball after 15 years
1979 Returns to Hertford, North Carolina
1987 Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
1988 Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS
1999 Dies on September 9 of complications due to ALS

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