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Jim "Catfish" Hunter probably would have despised this -- people dressed in suits making a fuss over him.

He was buried Sunday several hundred yards from the high school field where he began a baseball career that would send him to the Hall of Fame.

More than 1,000 family, friends and former major league teammates turned out for the funeral of the pitcher who won five World Series titles with the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees.

The 53-year-old Hunter died Thursday, one year after learning he had Lou Gehrig's disease.

Former teammate and Seattle manager Lou Piniella missed his team's game in Baltimore to attend the service at Cedarwood Cemetery. Other former teammates in attendance included A's Joe Rudi, Vida Blue, Gene Tenace and "Blue Moon" Odom, and Yankees Ron Guidry and Reggie Jackson.

The Yankees sent general manager Brian Cashman and former manager and scout Gene Michael as their representatives.

"I was looking forward to spending time with Catfish after the season. It didn't quite get to that," said Piniella, his eyes teary. "My wife and I and my young son are here to pay tribute to him. He was a great guy."

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