National Catfish Day began on June 25, 1987 by President Ronald Regan to celebrate “the value of farm-raised catfish.” U. S. Congress had the day established in House Joint Resolution 178. A catfish is a “diverse group of ray-finned fish… named for their prominent barbell, which resemble a cat’s whiskers.”
How to Celebrate
You can celebrate National Catfish Day by going catfish fishing. There is also a 2010 film called Catfish, a 2012–13 MTV television series called “Catfish”, and a Deputy Dawg cartoon from 1962 called “Dog-Gone Catfish” you can watch. Urban Dictionary tells us that “a catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.”
To celebrate this day, we selected the 1978 Catfish Hunter RC Cola Can (#58 of 100) from the Series 2 Baseball set. On the can is a photo of Catfish Hunter in a white circle with a red outline. Under his photo is a baseball with his signature and the following words: “CATFISH HUNTER pitched a perfect game on May 8, 1968. He led the league’s pitchers in complete games with 30 in 1975. He had five consecutive seasons of 20 wins or more from 1971 thru 1975. Cy Young winner in 1974. No. 58 or 100. RC Collector’s Series No. Two.”
Happy National Catfish Day (6/25)!
Photos used by permission of CanMuseum.com