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1975 Topps Set Card 71/660 – #311 – 1974 Earned Run Average Leaders

1975 Topps Set Card 71/660 – #311 – 1974 Earned Run Average Leaders

Progress: 71/660

Player Name:  Jim Hunter, Buzz Capra

Card Number:  311

Team:  Oakland A’s, Atlanta Braves

Image Style: Posed Portrait

How they got there:

Buzz Capra led all of major league baseball with a 2.281 ERA at the end of the 1974 baseball season.  He was followed in the NL by pitchers Phil Niekro, Jon Matlack, and Mike Marshall.  Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter paced the American League with a 2.488 ERA.

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Happy Birthday Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter!!!

Happy Birthday Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter!!!

Today we celebrate the birthday of Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter.

Hunter’s Hall of Fame resume includes a 224-166 record.  Catfish pitched for 15 seasons in the big leagues and was an 8-time All-Star.  He won the Cy Young award in 1974 when he went 25-12 with a 2.49 ERA.  Catfish won 5 World Series rings – 3 with the Oakland A’s and 2 with the New York Yankees.

Happy Birthday ‘Catfish’!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 37/660 – #310 – 1974 Victory Leaders

1975 Topps Set Card 37/660 – #310 – 1974 Victory Leaders

Progress: 37/660

Player Name:  Jim Hunter, Fergie Jenkins, Andy Messersmith, Phil Niekro

Card Number:  310

Team:  Oakland A’s, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves

Image Style: Posed Portrait

How they got there:

Both Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter and Fergie Jenkins paced the majors with 25 wins during the 1974 baseball season.  In the National League, it was Phil Niekro and Andy Messersmith that led the ‘Senior Circuit’ with 20 wins a piece.

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Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter 2012 Topps Archives ’77 Cloth Stickers

Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter 2012 Topps Archives ’77 Cloth Stickers

One of the things that I like most about this subset is that it looks like Topps made conscious efforts to give us images that worked with the 1977 theme.

Here is the most recent addition to my 2012 Topps Archives ’77 Cloth Stickers set, the card of Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter:

CLOTH HUNTER

As you can see with the image used, you have Hunter in his old Yankees garb complete with a great pair of Black stirrups!

NICE.

Happy Birthday Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter!!!

Happy Birthday Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter!!!

Today we celebrate the birthday of Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter.

Hunter’s Hall of Fame resume includes a 224-166 record.  Catfish pitched for 15 seasons in the big leagues and was an 8-time All-Star.  He won the Cy Young award in 1974 when he went 25-12 with a 2.49 ERA.  Catfish won 5 World Series rings – 3 with the Oakland A’s and 2 with the New York Yankees.

Happy Birthday ‘Catfish’!!!

Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter 2001 Upper Deck Decades

Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter 2001 Upper Deck Decades

Sure, it is a rip-off of Topps’ very popular 1975 baseball card set.  But the 2001 Upper Deck version is pretty sweet too…

The 3-color borders look very sharp, and the combinations chosen by Upper Deck work pretty well most of the time.

Here is the card of ‘Catfish’ Hunter that I recently scored:

As nice as this one is, how much better would it be if the 3-color border consisted of Yellow, White, and Green??

Hmmm….

Happy Birthday Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter!!!

Happy Birthday Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter!!!

Jim Hunter would have turned 65 years old today.

Hunter’s Hall of Fame resume includes a 224-166 record.  Catfish pitched for 15 seasons in the big leagues and was an 8-time All-Star.  He won the Cy Young award in 1974 when he went 25-12 with a 2.49 ERA.  Catfish won 5 World Series rings – 3 with the Oakland A’s and 2 with the New York Yankees.

Happy Birthday ‘Catfish’!!!

Did You Know…

Catfish Hunter became baseball’s first free agent in 1974.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

my take – And then the madness ensued!!!

Jim Palmer 1976 Topps – 1975 ERA League Leaders

Jim Palmer 1976 Topps – 1975 ERA League Leaders

This card comes from the 1976 Topps base set and it celebrates the American League’s top pitchers based on their ERA.

Here is how they ranked:

  1. Jim Palmer – 2.09
  2. Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter – 2.58
  3. Dennis Eckersley – 2.60

What I think is most remarkable about Palmer’s performance in 1975 is that he kept and maintained that ERA while starting 38 games for the Orioles.  For a guy to pitch a total of 323 innings while allowing just 87 runs – that is a truly remarkable feat!!

And Hunter and Eck were not too shabby either… Hunter threw 328 innings while allowing 107 runs an Eckersley tossed 186 innings and gave up just 61 runs.

Oh yeah – 3 Hall of Famers too.  Take note…

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #28

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #28

1965 Topps – Card #526 – AKA – ‘The Jim “Catfish” Hunter Rookie Card’

Rene Lachemann – Lachemann’s major league career lasted just 3 seasons and 118 games.  A career .210 hitter, Lachemann amassed 59 hits during his playing days including 9 home runs, 9 doubles, 23 runs scored, and 29 RBI.

Johnny Odom – ‘Blue Moon’ Odom enjoyed a 13-season career and was selected as an All-Star during the 1968 and 1969 seasons.  Starting 229 games during his career, Odom retired with a 84-85 record.  He was a member of the Oakland A’s World Series championship teams in 1972, 1973, and 1974.  In those 3 championship match-ups, Odom was 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 17 innings pitched.

Skip Lockwood – Lockwood’s career spanned 12 seasons and 5 major league clubs.  A pitcher, Lockwood was used in both starting and relief roles during his playing days.  He has a career record of 57-97 with 68 saves. 

Jim Hunter – Hunter’s Hall of Fame resume includes a 224-166 record.  Catfish pitched for 15 seasons in the big leagues and was an 8-time All-Star.  He won the Cy Young award in 1974 when he went 25-12 with a 2.49 ERA.  Catfish won 5 World Series rings – 3 with the Oakland A’s and 2 with the New York Yankees.