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Old 03-18-2019, 06:09 AM
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Kendall
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Hertford's claim to fame is being the birthplace and high school locale for MLB Hall of Famer Jim"Catfish" Hunter, a great countryboy pitcher, who won over 200 games before the age of 31 and never played in the Minor Leagues. He was a Cy Young award winner and helped the Oakland A's win three World Series. When he entered free agency, he was courted by almost every MLB team and received the highest contract in baseball. He then played for Steinbrenner's Yankees. He was a great hitter for a pitcher and batted .350 one year with nearly 100 at bats. He died way too soon at the age of 53 of Lou Gehrig's Disease. He returned to his country boy roots after retirement to Hertford where he is now buried.

Reggie Jackson described Hunter as a "fabulous human being. He was a man of honor. He was a man of loyalty." LouPiniella said, "Catfish was a very unique guy. If you didn't know he was making that kind of money, you'd never guess it because he was humble, very reserved about being a star-type player... almost a little bit shy. But he told great stories. He had a heck of a sense of humor. When you play with guys like that, you feel blessed." I was blessed to watch Catfish Hunter and was proud he was from North Carolina.
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