Another RIP

Just saw that Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning died today. He was 85.

Bunning’s Hall of Fame plaque

Bunning pitched primarily in the 1950s and 1960s winning 224 games, including a perfect game. He was part of the 1964 Philadelphia Phillies team that infamously squandered a big lead in the last two weeks of the season to cede the pennant to St. Louis. After baseball, he went into politics serving a couple of terms as U.S. Senator from Kentucky. He was a Republican and was known as one of the more conservative members of the body. In 1996 he was elected to the Hall of Fame.



One Response to “Another RIP”

  1. wkkortas Says:

    I was listening to the Pirates game that day, and Steve Blass (who was Bunning’s teammate in ’68 and ’69) was talking warmly about how much Bunning taught him about professionalism–I’ve read a good deal about how much Bunning was all business between the lines.

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