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.