Saturday, July 1, 2017

TURN BACK THE CLOCK 1968: JIM HUNTER TOSSES PERFECT GAME

Today we celebrate Jim “Catfish” Hunter’s perfect game from May 8th, 1968 versus the Minnesota Twins:


The future Hall of Fame pitcher held the hard-hitting Twins in check, which is amazing when you consider this line-up consisted of: 10 batting championships, 6 homer champions, and nine total-hits champions!
The Twins line-up that day had Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Cesar Tovar and Harmon Killebrew as the first four batters! Incredible to think Hunter mowed them down one by one.
What is often forgotten is that the hitting star that day for the Oakland Athletics was none other than Hunter himself, going 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI’s in the 4-0 win.
Of course, at the time Hunter was just a 22-year old .500 pitcher for the organization, a few years before he’d become the five-time 20-game winner we all remember.
It was the 1st regular season perfect game in the American League since Charlie Robertson tossed one in April 30, 1922 for the White Sox in their win over the Detroit Tigers.

1 comment:

  1. Really like it when you delve into the 60's. I know the 70's are you first love, but 60's cards are always welcome in my world. Thanks for celebrating a great pitcher and a great moment in his career. He did this against my favorite team as a kid!

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