Catfish and Home
by Josh Eure
As a Little Leaguer, Josh Eure couldn't hit a lick, but the
presence of local hero Catfish Hunter at all the games made even
minor victories at the plate worth savoring.
"Jimmy 'Catfish' Hunter pitched for the Oakland Athletics and the
New York Yankees and in 1987 was inducted into the Baseball Hall of
Fame—all the while maintaining his small-town farming roots.
He played every game with the shotgun pellets from a childhood
hunting accident lodged in his foot, and natives imagined he held a
major piece of them in his cleats."