New York Yankees Gear & Memorabilia
Jim 'Catfish' Hunter Signed Baseball
After a legal battle with Oakland A’s owner Charles Finley, Catfish Hunter became the first free agent in MLB history, and the Yankees quickly signed him to the largest contract in major league ball at the time — a 5 year deal for a total of $3.35 million.
He led the Yankees to 3 straight American League pennants (1976-77-78) and 2 World Series championships (1977-78) before retiring after the 1979 season at the age of 33. The latter seasons of his 15-year career were plagued by arm trouble.
Hunter was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1997 he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and passed in 1999 at the age of 53.
This autographed baseball is authenticated by PSA and available only through Steiner Sports. The ball is also available without the case (as shown here) for $299.99.
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