Catfish and Co.: The All Animal Nickname MLB All-Stars

Starting Pitcher: "Catfish"

BIRTH NAME: James Augustus Hunter

YEARS ACTIVE: 1965-1979

TEAM(S): Oakland A's, New York Yankees

While Catfish's nickname was purely a product of Oakland owner Charlie Finley's imagination (and even before he grew out his catfishy whiskers), his talent was definitely non-fiction. The 1974 AL Cy Young winner, and author of a perfect game in 1968, Hunter was a five-time World Series champ and one of just three pitchers to win 200 games at age 31 (the others are a couple guys named Cy Young and Christy Mathewson). He retired young and died young (after battling Lou Gehrig's disease), but his career pitching line and all-time great nickname live on.

 

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