This day in baseball: Catfish signs with KC

After he lost his pinky toe in a hunting accident, several teams gave up on the race to sign North Carolina high school pitcher Jim Hunter.  The Kansas City Athletics, however, signed Hunter for $75,000 on June 8, 1964.  Club owner Charlie O. Finley gave him the nickname “Catfish” because he felt the nineteen-year-old needed a flashy nickname.  He went on to become a member of five World Series championship teams and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

5 Comments on “This day in baseball: Catfish signs with KC”

  1. steve says:

    by the way, there’s what i think is a great Bob Dylan song. It’s dedicated to Catfish Hunter and has that summer heavy heat dragging through the song; brings the swamps to the baseball game. It’s always exciting when music and poetry holds hands with baseball.

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