MusicThe Raspberries, Ramones, Merle Haggard.
The wife likes Barry Manilow and The Carpenters.
I should probably mention that Bob Dylan fella because he wrote a song about me. Personally, I never really cared for his music. He doesn't have much of a singing voice neither. And when I met him...well, he's a real nervous, fidgety type of fella. I met plenty of his kind when I played for the Yankees, but I'm a North Carolina boy at heart. But if you care that much about it, you can read the lyrics and hear the song on his website, right about here...http://www.bobdylan.com/songs/catfish.html
This here is a fantastic book Sal Bando introduced me to. Its just people talking about their jobs. Sound boring? Well you're dead wrong there, partner. A real fascinating slice of America that makes you ponder your own place in the world, and contemplate life in general. My favorite is the part where Rip Torn, a damn fine actor and person, tells us what it's really like to perform on stage and in film, and how he often has to compromise his role to sell products for some rich bastard. Reminds me of my own career really, and how the game often took a backseat to promotion and ads, thanks to a couple owners I won't name here!
About me:* 8-time AL All-Star (1966, 1967, 1970 & 1972-1976) * Perfect Game (May 8, 1968) * AL Cy Young Award Winner (1974) * AL ERA Leader (1974) * 2-time AL Wins Leader (1974 & 1975) * AL Innings Pitched Leader (1975) * AL Complete Games Leader (1975) * 15 Wins Seasons: 7 (1970-1976) * 20 Wins Seasons: 5 (1971-1975) * 25 Wins Seasons: 1 (1974) * 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 10 (1967-1976) * 300 innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1974 & 1975) * Member of five World Series Championship teams: Oakland Athletics (1972, 1973 & 1974) and New York Yankees (1977 & 1978) * Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1987 (elected with Billy Williams) * My six major league home runs were hit against Barry Moore, Frank Bertaina, Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, Sam McDowell, and Mickey Lolich. * Hit a combined .429 (24-for-56) against All-Stars Mike Cuellar, Mickey Lolich, Sam McDowell, Denny McLain, Camilo Pascual, Gary Peters, and Mel Stottlemyre * Held All-Stars Tommie Agee, Sal Bando, Bert Campaneris, Chris Chambliss, Doug DeCinces, Dwight Evans, George Hendrick, Frank Howard, and Bobby Richardson to a .129 collective batting average (40-for-310) * Held Thurman Munson plus Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Orlando Cepeda, Harmon Killebrew, Mickey Mantle, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, and Carl Yastrzemski to a .211 collective batting average (107-for-506) Catfish Hunter was only the 4th (and last) American League pitcher to win 20 games in a season for 5 consecutive seasons (1971-1975). The others were Walter Johnson (10), Lefty Grove (7), and Bob Feller (5). Jim Palmer had 2 consecutive 4-year streaks (1970-1973) and (1975-1978) for 8 in 9 years.
Who I'd like to meet:Being a pro athlete, I've already met just about everyone I could hope to meet. That being said, I wouldn't mind being able to have shook Hank Williams' hand. But he's with The Lord now. However, that Waylon Jennings seems like he'd be a barrel of fun. Probably could tell a good story or two. Here's some friends of mine that I hope y'all can meet someday. The first is Mark "The Bird" Fidrych. A real class act.
Bill "The Spaceman" Lee is really something else. I could tell you some stories about him, but this is a family website.
And we can't forget my pal Dock Ellis. They say he pitched a no-hitter while "tripping" on the LSD. I can't verify the story myself, though. I'm a whiskey kinda guy.
Meet Guitar Wolf, some kooky kats from Japan that I met on my last tour of that country. They had a real appreciation for baseball and rock 'n roll, two passions of mine. Enjoy...
- Status: Married
- Hometown: Bear Swamp, NC
- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: 6' 2" / Athletic
- Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
- Religion: Christian - other
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- Smoke / Drink: Yes / Yes
- Occupation: MLB Pitcher
- Income: $250,000 and Higher
Kansas City Athletics
- Kansas City, Missouri US
- Starting Pitcher
- Oakland, California US
- Starting Pitcher
New York Yankees
- New York, New York US
- Starting Pitcher