The story goes the nickname “Catfish” was due to his enjoyment of catching catfish in the river in his hometown. Not true. Charlie Finley, owner of the Athletics baseball team coined the nickname for Jimmy as a marketing ploy.
Final Resting Place:
372 Hyde Park Street
Hertford, North Carolina, 27944
Grave Location:Hunter Family Plot
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery on Hyde Park Street drive through the old section through a tree break and continue 300 feet to the monument for baseball legend Jim “Catfish” Hunter on the left, opposite the flag pole.
Grave Location GPS36.183895002654054, -76.47091264094337
Visiting The Grave:
Read More About Catfish Hunter:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- MLB Hall of Fame - Catfish Hunter
- Did Catfish Hunter have the most perfect game ever?
- On His Perfect Day, Athletics' Catfish Hunter Wasn't Quite Perfect
- New York Yankees: 10 Greatest Finesse Pitchers in Franchise
- Getting To Know… “Catfish” Hunter
- Remembering Yankees great Catfish Hunter, the somewhat-forgotten ALS victim
- Jim "Catfish" Hunter ALS Foundation
- How the Hall Failed, Catfish Hunter
Videos Featuring Catfish Hunter:
popular name: Babe Ruth
date_of_death: August 16, 1948
cause_of_death: Cancer - an inoperable malignant tumor at the base of his skull and in his neck
best_know_for: Considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time, over the course of his career, Babe Ruth went on to break baseball's most important slugging records, including most years leading a league in home runs, most total bases in a season, and highest slugging percentage for a season. In all, Ruth hit 714 home runs—a mark that stood until 1974. The Bambino was among the first five players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
popular name: Lou Gehrig
date_of_death: June 2, 1941
cause_of_death: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease)
best_know_for: Voted the greatest first baseman of all time, Lou Gehrig was a member of the NY Yankees baseball team and nicked named the Iron Horse for 2,170 consecutive games played over a 17 year career. Fans and teammates were stunned when when he voluntarily took himself out of the lineup after his performance on the field became hampered by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable neuromuscular illness. He died less than 2 years later at the young age of 37.
popular name: Althea Gibson
date_of_death: September 28, 2003
cause_of_death: Complications following respiratory and bladder infections
best_know_for: Althea Gibson was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and one of the first Black athletes to cross the color line of international tennis. In 1956, she became the first African American to win a Grand Slam title (the French Championships). The following year she won both Wimbledon and the US Nationals (precursor of the US Open), then won both again in 1958 and was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in both years. In all, she won 11 Grand Slam tournaments: five singles titles, five doubles titles, and one mixed doubles title. Gibson was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame.