Catfish: My Life in Baseball

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On July 26, 1987, Jim "Catfish" Hunter was inducted into the Hall of Fame. A baseball legend in the grand tradition, he had won 224 games and pitched in five winning World Series. his career was truly a dream come true - a star high-school athlete from North Carolina, he was wooed to the major leagues at the age of 18 by Charles Finley of the then Kansas City A's, went on to several World Series, and them jumped to the New York Yankees in 1974. The rest is Bronx history...

It's all here: the exploits of the Bronx Zoo, the drama of the World Series, the brawls and pranks, the perfect game he pitched, and the players whose friendship he'd never forget - Thurmon Munson, Reggie Jackson, Lou Piniella, Mickey Rivers, and many more.

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Hunter is as much at home traipsing through woods and streams on a hunting or fishing expedition or planting a soybean crop as he is pitching a major-league victory. In this warm reminiscence, written with Sports Illustrated staffer Keteyian, he covers his brilliant teenage baseball career in North Carolina, his years with the Oakland A's and then the Yankees. The book is particularly interesting about Hunter's stint with the three-time world-champion aggregation put together and torn apart by Charley Finleyand observes that there may have been better players, but there were few teams better than the A's. Then the authors progress to the furious bidding that took place when Hunter became a free agent and his stint with the Yankees at a time when Billy Martin was the off-again, on-again manager and the egos of Martin, Reggie Jackson and George Steinbrenner were in constant collision. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

As baseball's first free agent, Hunter went from the Oakland A's to the New York Yankees, helping both teams to win several World Series in the 1970s. Those expecting a juicy and irreverent collection of anecdotes similar to Sparky Lyle's Bronx Zoo or Graig Nettles's Balls will be disappointed. Hunter is now a gentleman farmer with the accent on "gentleman." This is a warm reminiscence of his years on both teams, his relationships with his teammates, especially the late Thurmon Munson, as well as a sensitive evocation of his life in North Carolina before and after his baseball career. "Catfish" is a nickname manufactured by Charlie Finley; this is Jim Hunter's story.Jo DeLapo, Queens Lib., N.Y.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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