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    Athletics owner Charlie Finley poses with players (clockwise from top left) Rollie Fingers (34), Joe Rudi (26), Vida Blue (14), Gene Tenace (18), Bert Campaneris (19), Jim Catfish Hunter (27), Sal Bando (6), and Reggie Jackson (9) during a 1974 SI photo shoot. The team would win the World Series a couple months later. Can this year’s squad bring another championship to Oakland? (Neil Leifer/SI)

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    Jim Catfish Hunter 1974

    SI’s John G. Zimmerman sets up a camera on an umpire’s mask during a White Sox spring training practice in 1959. The pitcher is Billy Pierce and the batter is teammate Earl Battey. (John G. Zimmerman/SI)

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    Jim "Catfish" Hunter died at his home in Hertford, North Carolina, in 1999 at age 53. He died a year after being diagnosed with ALS. A month before his death, Hunter fell and hit his head on concrete steps at home. He was unconscious for several days after the fall, but he had returned home from that hospitalization when he died. Hunter is interred at Cedarwood Cemetery in Hertford, adjacent to the field where he played high school baseball.

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