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Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter dies at 53

Updated: September 10, 1999, 9:01 PM ET
Associated Press

Jim "Catfish" Hunter, the Hall of Fame pitcher who ushered in baseball's era of big bucks for free agents, died today at age 53 after battling the disease named after another New York Yankees great, Lou Gehrig.

Hunter died at his home in Hertford, N.C., according to George Byrum of Swindell Funeral Home. Hunter fell and hit his head on concrete steps at his home on Aug. 8. He was unconscious for several days, but improved enough to be sent home Saturday, according to the Rev. ...

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