Jim Bunning

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher and Senator Jim Bunning

Full Name: James Paul David Bunning
Profession: Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher and Senator

United States of America

Biography: Jim Bunning was an American baseball pitcher who went on to be a politician, serving as senator for Kentucky. This makes him the only Major League Baseball player to have been elected to both the United States Senate and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bunning spent his baseball career, which lasted from 1955 to 1971, with several teams: Detroit Tigers (1955-1963), Philadelphia Phillies (1964-1967), Pittsburgh Pirates (1968-1969), Los Angeles Dodgers (1969), Philadelphia Phillies (1970-1971).

At his retirement, Bunning held second-place in career record strikeouts. He is renowned for having pitched the seventh perfect game in baseball history, which he achieved in 1964 during a match against the New York Mets.

Born: October 23, 1931
Birthplace: Southgate, Kentucky, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: May 26, 2017 (aged 85)
Cause of Death: A stroke

Historical Events

  • 1958-07-20 Detroit Tigers future Baseball HOF pitcher Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0
  • 1964-06-21 Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning hurls a perfect game as Philadelphia beats the New York Mets, 6-0 on Fathers Day at Shea Stadium
  • 1967-05-10 Hank Aaron hits his only inside the park HR off of Phillies' Jim Bunning, in Philadelphia
  • 1967-09-27 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning ties NL record of 5, 1-0 losses in a year
  • 1970-08-11 Future Baseball HOF pitcher Jim Bunning becomes 2nd Cy Young Award winner to win 100 games in both NL and AL; Phillies beat Houston 6-5 at Astrodome
  • 1996-03-05 Earl Weaver & Jim Bunning, elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1996-08-04 Jim Bunning, Earl Weaver, Bill Foster and Ned Hanlon inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

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