This day in baseball: Catfish Hunter’s perfect game

Source: The Baseball Almanac

On May 8, 1968, twenty-two-year-old Jim “Catfish” Hunter pitched the first perfect game in the American League in forty-six years.  In front of a crowd of only 6,298 at Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Hunter led the A’s in a 4-0 victory over the Twins.

The cherry on top of his once-in-a-lifetime pitching performance was Hunter’s performance at the plate.  He went 3-for-5 in the game, driving in three of the game’s four runs.  Talk about a one-man show!

The box score for the game can be found here.

2 thoughts on “This day in baseball: Catfish Hunter’s perfect game

  1. I remember that. We had a pretty good hitting line up then, too. Tovar, Carew, Oliva, Killebrew… Bad day for the Twins, good day for the Catfish.

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