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Catfish Hunter

James Augustus Hunter (Jim)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: April 8, 1946 in Hertford, NC
High School: Perquimans HS (Perquimans, NC)
Signed
by the Kansas City Athletics as an amateur free agent in 1964. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 13, 1965 (Age 19.035)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1965 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Athletics/Yankees 1965-1979
Agents: J. Carlton Cherry [*]
Final Game: September 17, 1979 (Age 33.162)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1987 (315/413 ballots).
   View Catfish Hunter Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Died: September 9, 1999 in Hertford, NC
Buried: Cedarwood Cemetery, Hertford, NC
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1965 KCA AL 19 P 32 20 3 133.0 22 4 16 2 1 .909 1.35 0.63 .951 2.04 2.03 11 1 8% 34% 0
1966 KCA AL 20 P 30 25 4 176.2 27 10 14 3 1 .889 1.22 0.80 .952 1.99 1.98 9 8 47% 38% 0 AS
1967 KCA AL 21 P 35 35 13 259.2 32 15 16 1 1 .969 1.07 0.89 .957 1.96 1.96 11 6 35% 41% 0 AS
1967 KCA AL 21 1B 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 8.10 9.60 AS
1968 OAK AL 22 P 36 34 11 234.0 40 16 20 4 0 .900 1.38 1.00 .957 1.89 1.88 12 7 37% 37% 0
1969 OAK AL 23 P 38 35 10 247.0 49 17 32 0 4 1.000 1.79 1.29 .951 1.88 1.88 10 13 57% 36% 1
1970 OAK AL 24 P 40 40 9 262.1 42 17 24 1 3 .976 1.41 1.03 .951 1.86 1.85 19 7 27% 39% 0 AS
1971 OAK AL 25 P 37 37 16 273.2 41 15 26 0 1 1.000 1.35 1.11 .958 1.98 1.97 20 4 17% 39% 1 MVP-28
1972 OAK AL 26 P 38 37 16 295.1 55 23 30 2 1 .964 1.62 1.39 .950 1.86 1.85 18 3 14% 39% 0 AS,CYA-4,MVP-11
1973 OAK AL 27 P 36 36 11 256.1 36 11 24 1 0 .972 1.23 0.97 .951 1.86 1.85 5 18 78% 38% 3 AS,CYA-3,MVP-10
1974 OAK AL 28 P 41 41 23 318.1 55 25 27 3 1 .945 1.47 1.27 .947 1.81 1.80 14 19 58% 38% 1 AS,CYA-1,MVP-6
1975 NYY AL 29 P 39 39 30 328.0 52 23 26 3 0 .942 1.34 1.26 .940 1.87 1.86 15 14 48% 38% 0 AS,CYA-2,MVP-12
1976 NYY AL 30 P 36 36 21 298.2 56 24 30 2 2 .964 1.63 1.50 .950 1.87 1.88 24 14 37% 34% 1 AS
1977 NYY AL 31 P 22 22 8 143.1 15 4 11 0 1 1.000 0.94 0.68 .948 1.95 1.93 21 5 19% 39% 0
1978 NYY AL 32 P 21 20 5 118.0 24 11 13 0 0 1.000 1.83 1.14 .954 1.90 1.88 7 6 46% 38% 0
1979 NYY AL 33 P 19 19 1 105.0 21 10 10 1 0 .952 1.71 1.05 .949 1.92 1.89 6 7 54% 36% 1
15 Seasons P 500 476 181 3449.1 567 225 319 23 16 .959 1.42 1.09 .951 1.90 1.90 202 132 40% 37% 8
1 Season 1B 1 0 0 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 8.10 9.60
15 Seasons TOT 501 476 181 3449.2 567 225 319 23 16 .959 1.42 1.09 .951 1.90 1.91 202 132 40% 37% 8
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1965 KCA AL 19 P
1966 KCA AL 20 P
1967 KCA AL 21 P
1967 KCA AL 21 1B
1968 OAK AL 22 P
1969 OAK AL 23 P
1970 OAK AL 24 P
1971 OAK AL 25 P
1972 OAK AL 26 P
1973 OAK AL 27 P
1974 OAK AL 28 P
1975 NYY AL 29 P
1976 NYY AL 30 P
1977 NYY AL 31 P
1978 NYY AL 32 P
1979 NYY AL 33 P
15 Seasons P
1 Season 1B
15 Seasons TOT

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1965 KCA AL 19 32 20 32 32 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1966 KCA AL 20 30 25 30 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1967 KCA AL 21 37 35 37 35 35 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
1968 OAK AL 22 39 34 39 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1969 OAK AL 23 42 35 42 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
1970 OAK AL 24 43 40 43 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
1971 OAK AL 25 38 37 38 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1972 OAK AL 26 39 37 39 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1973 OAK AL 27 37 36 1 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1974 OAK AL 28 41 41 2 41 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1975 NYY AL 29 39 39 0 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 NYY AL 30 36 36 1 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1977 NYY AL 31 22 22 0 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 NYY AL 32 21 20 0 21 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979 NYY AL 33 19 19 0 19 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Seasons 515 476 304 500 500 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 9
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1965 KCA AL 19 567 80% 21% 19 79% 0 6 0 6 15 13 2 2 0 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 75%
1966 KCA AL 20 739 81% 22% 19 84% 0 9 1 7 14 11 3 3 0 2 1 3 1 1 1 0 1 100%
1967 KCA AL 21 1053 75% 18% 25 84% 0 15 1 10 17 14 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 6 83%
1968 OAK AL 22 968 77% 23% 26 81% 1 16 0 10 20 16 0 4 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 75%
1969 OAK AL 23 1002 80% 26% 35 100% 1 17 1 10 32 26 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 4 0 7 100%
1970 OAK AL 24 1116 80% 21% 32 91% 0 16 1 9 27 20 4 1 0 1 0 0 3 1 2 1 7 100%
1971 OAK AL 25 1109 79% 21% 29 97% 1 15 1 13 28 19 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 7 86%
1972 OAK AL 26 1149 79% 22% 40 93% 1 23 3 14 31 25 1 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 9 78%
1973 OAK AL 27 1040 84% 20% 23 100% 0 10 0 9 25 21 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 100%
1974 OAK AL 28 1240 88% 24% 40 98% 0 24 8 11 28 24 1 3 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 8 100%
1975 NYY AL 29 1294 82% 23% 32 91% 0 25 1 20 28 23 2 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 75%
1976 NYY AL 30 1209 84% 24% 40 90% 2 23 3 13 31 20 4 2 0 1 1 0 2 1 2 0 6 100%
1977 NYY AL 31 608 88% 21% 11 100% 0 4 0 4 11 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
1978 NYY AL 32 477 84% 21% 16 94% 0 11 2 8 13 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 100%
1979 NYY AL 33 460 88% 22% 11 91% 0 11 0 8 10 8 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 100%
15 Seasons 14031 82% 22% 398 92% 6 225 22 152 330 261 28 23 1 13 9 8 16 9 12 4 77 90%
MLB Averages 80% 28% 90% 87%

Advanced Fielding -- 1B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag 3U Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 363 361 36 GB GBs LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1967 KCA AL 21 1 0% 0% 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Season 1 0% 0% 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLB Averages 63% 80% 28% 94% 88%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1985 BBWAA (53.7%)
1986 BBWAA (68.0%)
1987 BBWAA (76.3%)
Selected to HOF in 1987 by BBWAA

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1971 AL (28, 0%)
1972 AL (11, 17%)
1973 AL (10, 14%)
1974 AL (6, 32%)
1975 AL (12, 9%)
0.72 Career Shares (338th)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1972 AL (4, 22%)
1973 AL (3, 43%)
1974 AL (1, 75%)
1975 AL (2, 62%)
1 Cy Young
2.02 Career Shares (15th)

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
1975 Sep 7th AL Player of the Week
1978 Aug 6th AL Player of the Week

Putouts as P s c a p y
1972 AL  23 (2nd)
1974 AL  25 (2nd)
1975 AL  23 (4th)
1976 AL  24 (3rd)
Career  225 (68th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1968 AL  4 (2nd)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1969 AL  1.000 (1st)
1971 AL  1.000 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1965 AL  born 1946-04-08 (9th)
1966 AL  born 1946-04-08 (5th)

                           

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