James “Catfish” Hunter spent the final five years of his career with the Yankees. Hunter became the highest paid free agent in baseball history (in 1975) for a whopping $3.75 million.
Hunter is enshrined in the Hall of Fame as an Athletic, as he spent two-thirds of his career with them. Francisco Cervelli holds Hunter’s No. 29 Yankees jersey today.
Hunter won the 1978 World Series-clinching Game 6 with his seven strong innings.
Sadly, the right-hander lost his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 1999 at age 53.
January 19, 2011
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