Baseball pitcher. Went from high school to major leagues. Pitched for Kansas City/Oakland Athletics, 1965–1974. Led A’s to 1972, 1973, and 1974 World Series titles. Became one of baseball’s first free agents. Signed lucrative contract with New York Yankees. Pitched for New York, 1975–1979, helping them win 1977 and 1978 World Series titles. Won 20 or more games each season, 1971–1975. His 25-12 mark in 1974 helped him win Cy Young Award. Ended career with 224-166 record. Went 5-3 in World Series competition. Member Baseball Hall of Fame. Nicknamed Catfish by A’s owner Charlie Finley as a publicity stunt. Pitched a perfect game against Minnesota in 1968. Known for competitive drive and command of a variety of pitches. Born 1946, Hertford. Died 1999 after fight with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
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