Saturday, June 5, 2010

Counting Down a True Rarity: MLB's 20 Perfect Games

Part 10 of 21

9 Catfish Hunter, Oakland Athletics May 8, 1968

The late Jim "Catfish" Hunter put his name in the history books before he developed into one of the game's top pitchers. In his fourth year at the age of 22, Hunter twirled baseball's ninth flawless masterpiece for the Oakland A's against a line-up featuring three all-time greats.

The young right-hander shut down a Minnesota Twins team that included Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, and Harmon Killebrew— winners of 10 batting and six home run titles between them. And, he did so in convincing fashion with 11 K's.

Catfish was also the hitting star of the game, going 3 for 4 and driving in three of his team's four runs. Hunter sadly passed away in 1999 at the age of 53, a victim of ALS.

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