Jim Hunter of Hertford, N.C. became “Catfish” when professional baseball owner Charlie Finley thought he needed a flashy handle. The event raised more than $35,000 for the Catfish Hunter Foundation , to support ALS … There was a villainous disease. Vidant Medical Center. Indeed, his fight against ALS was what his appeal to the Bear Swamp-Beech Spring Ruritans was all about. The chicken halves were cooked by Ruritans from all over eastern North Carolina on 48 huge grills starting at 3 a.m. Tickets for the dinners were sold well in advance and as lunchtime approached a steady stream of cars, trucks, and vans rolled through the impromptu drive through pick-up lane set up Perquimans County High School-Hunter’s alma mater. As the bright sun sank lower in the western sky, the stands were packed tightly with fans waiting to pay tribute to their friend and neighbor. Copyright 2011 © Jim "Catfish" Hunter ALS FoundationWeb Design by Dynamics of Design, Written for the Foundation Kick Off in 1999. And, as if a record breaking career in major league baseball wasn’t enough, Jim Hunter is facing another challenge, one more profound than any before it. The kick off event centered around the sale of 5,500 chicken dinners. The disease has robbed Hunter of the use of his arms-arms that put him in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Today, Hunter is back in Herford, retired from baseball, raising his family and running his farm producing cotton and peanuts, corn and beans. There was a hero in distress. All donations to the Jim "Catfish" Hunter ALS Foundation are deductible. ©2020, Lou Gehrig® used with permission of the Rip Van Winkle Foundation / www.LouGehrig.com. Old Timer's Day - ALS Foundation Kick Off Perquimans County, Albemarle Regional Health Services, and the Jim “Catfish” Hunter ALS Foundation had the privilege of hosting a meeting with elected officials, NC Division of Public Health representatives, ALS patients, ALS caregivers, university representatives and other regional partners to begin a discussion on the number of ALS cases in Perquimans and surrounding NENC counties. The day began with a Prayer Breakfast featuring Oakland A’s catcher Jim Pagliaronia, who caught Hunter’s perfect game in 1968 against the Minnesota Twins. But Hunter is far from giving up. He is a hometown hero facing the toughest opponent of his life. And that was just the first day. In 1999, the Jim “Catfish” Hunter ALS Foundation was founded and his legacy lives on through his family, friends and all who fight ALS in his honor. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. A tiny but determined band of workers rose up to aid the hero. In 2000, the Foundation helped The ALS Association North Carolina Chapter by providing start-up funding for vital programs. Visit our website for more information. It is a tiny Ruritan club with a big name and a bigger heart. Share this: ALS Assocation . Outpatient Rehab Building 2310 Stantonsburg Rd. But upon arriving in the tiny outpost of Hertford, North Carolina, in 1999, the solution was obvious. The contents of this website are for informational purposes only. The Jim "Catfish" Hunter ALS Foundation is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Right to Left - Tommy John, Mike Hershberger, Sal Bando, Jim Pagliaroni. The mission of the Jim “Catfish” Hunter ALS Foundation is to assist patients and caregivers, thereby easing the burden of ALS and improving quality of life. For more information, contact: 800-775-4840 or 252-752-4848. The A's held Catfish Hunter Day on June 12, with ceremonies before their game against the Dodgers. The story included victory-thousands of dollars raised to fight the dreaded disease. For more information about the Jim "Catfish” Hunter ALS Foundation and their important work, please visit their website at www.catfishfoundation.org. It was a great day and a great story, a story with all the elements of a classic. But Hunter is far from giving up. The Jim "Catfish" Hunter ALS Foundation is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Last May 8, on the 31st anniversary of his perfect game, Hunter attended the kickoff event for the Jim "Catfish" Hunter ALS Foundation in Hertford. The people back home in Hertford knew a name wouldn’t change Jim. Jim "Catfish" Hunter ALS Clinic. On May 8 the club, with the assistance of hundreds of volunteers and the help of 25 other Ruritan clubs in the Albemarle District kicked off the Hunter Foundation with an effort that brought in an incredible $78,000. To them he has always been just Jimmy-though the rest of the world knows him by the name that in the 1960s had a woodsy, Southern appeal on the pitcher’s mound-Catfish. This channel was generated automatically by YouTube's video discovery system. Hertford, N.C.-born Jim “Catfish” Hunter is a baseball legend—five-time World Series champion, eight-time All-Star and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The North Carolina Chapter of The ALS Association was named in honor of Hunter from 2002-16 before joining all of the other 38 Chapters nationwide in being recognized by its geographical location. 2310 Stantonsburg Rd. See the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge progress! If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. And the club responded without hesitation. "Jim Hunter was more than a Hall of Fame pitcher,” said Bob Sheppard, long-time public address announcer for the New York Yankees. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The foundation's tax identification number is 56-2125962.Commercial reproduction, distribution or transmission of any part or parts of this website or any information contained therein by any means whatsoever without the prior written permission of Jim "Catfish" Hunter ALS Foundation is not permitted. Outpatient Rehab Building In 2000, the Foundation helped The ALS Association North Carolina Chapter by providing start-up funding for vital programs. Bear Swamp-Beech Spring’s President Ed Nixon hosted and the ceremony and introduced Rick Poff, 1999 Ruritan National President, who was the first of many that evening to call Hunter a “hero.” Poff also congratulated Hunter for the example he sets for America’s youth-an example needed more than ever in troubled times. Those same legends joined Hunter on the field for a ceremony before an annual Old Timer’s game. The ALS Association North Carolina Chapter, 4 N. Blount Street - Suite 200 - Raleigh, NC 27601, All content and works posted on this website are owned and copyrighted by The ALS Association. And it never did. And by all accounts, the youngest son of eight children was an even better person than he was a baseball player. He turned to them in his need and they never turned away. Hunter, who pitched for the Kansas City and Oakland A’s and the New York Yankees during his career, was diagnosed with ALS in 1998 and died from complications of the disease a year later at the age of 53. Hunter was on hand for an autograph session in the afternoon as were other baseball legends who had come to pay tribute to him: Sal Bando, Alvin Dark, Ron Davis, Mike Hershburger, Jim Spencer, Gaylord Perry, Tommy John, and Pagliaronia. Before the ceremony was over, Bear Swamp-Beech Spring Treasurer Tommy Harrell came to the microphone to announce that his phone had been ringing off the hook with pledges from the East and West Coasts as the formation of the Hunter Foundation was announced at ball games in Oakland and at Yankee Stadium. The foundation's tax identification number is 56-2125962. Greenville, NC 27835 United States. The ravages of ALS had left Catfish Hunter without the use of his arms. Medical Director. Robert Frere, M.D. And when the medical research funded by the foundation finds a cure for ALS, the story will finally have a happy ending. Today, the Foundation continues to provide necessary support for Persons Living with ALS (pALS), assistance to caregivers, support for the Jim "Catfish” Hunter ALS Clinic in Greenville and they operate an ALS Support Group in the Hertford, North Carolina area. Lou Gehrig® used with permission of the Rip Van Winkle Foundation. He asked them to help him raise money to start a Jim “Catfish” Hunter ALS Foundation for research-for a cure for the disease that has him down but not out. Greenville, NC 27835 The Bear Swamp-Beech Springs (NC) club is only 14 members strong, but the fund-raising effort they started reverberated, literally, from New York to California and beyond. And the club responded without hesitation. Our mission is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.