Jim Bunning, Hall Of Fame Pitcher And US Senator, Dies at 85

Elias Hubbard
May 29, 2017

Former U.S. senator and baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning has died, WCPO news partner Fort Thomas Matters reports. He threw a flawless game in the National League and also had a no-hitter in the American League - an unusual distinction - and also was the second pitcher ever to win at least 100 games and amass 1,000 strikeouts in each of American baseball's two major leagues. It was the first flawless game in the National League in 84 years, and the first ideal game in major league baseball since Don Larsen's in the 1956 World Series.

Bunning compiled a 224-184 record and 3.27 ERA in his career. Jim Bunning, Baseball Hall of Famer-turned public servant, was a champion of conservatism and the embodiment of Kentucky's tenacious spirit.

Services are set in Kentucky this week for former U.S. Sen. and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning.

Bunning, a staunch conservative from northern Kentucky, was elected six times to the US House starting in 1986 before winning the first of two terms for the US Senate in 1998.

"This Hall of Famer will long be remembered for many things, including a ideal game, a larger-than-life personality, a passion for Kentucky, and a loving family", Senator Mitch McConnell said in a statement. Hall of Fame pitcher Bunning, who went on to serve in Congress, has died.

On Saturday morning, David tweeted "Heaven got its No 1 starter today". While spending most of his career with the Tigers and Phillies, he also had stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I have been booed by 60,000 fans at Yankee Stadium standing alone at the pitcher's mound, so I have never really cared if I stood alone here in Congress as long as I stood by my beliefs and my values", he said.

Faced with declining poll numbers and campaign fundraising struggles, Bunning announced in 2010 that he would not seek a third term in the Senate, and he threw his support to his eventual successor, Rand Paul.

Senator Bunning also used his political status to speak out about the game he loved.

James Paul David Bunning Jr. was born on October 23, 1931, in Southgate, Ky., the son of a businessman, and grew up in Fort Thomas, Ky., a suburb of Cincinnati.

His career highlights included a no-hitter for the Tigers in 1958 and a flawless game for the Phillies in 1964. A Roman Catholic with nine children, Bunning voted consistently to limit abortion as an option for women and had contempt for colleagues who softened their position on the highly emotional issue. Bunning was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 1984 and had his uniform number (14) permanently retired on April 6, 2001.

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