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Former Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning Passes Away at 85

Bunning served in U.S. Senate and U.S. House

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Baseball Hall of Famer, and Phillies great, Jim Bunning has died. He was 85 years old.

Bunning had an illustrious 17-year baseball career and he notably was the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.

He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.

Bunning was the seventh pitcher in MLB history to throw a perfect game.

It happened on June 21, 1964, against the New York Mets.

At the time, the historical game was the first perfect game thrown in the National League in 84 years.

Over his Hall of Fame career, Bunning went 224-184 with a 3.27 ERA in 591 games. He struck out 2,855 batters, ranking second all-time at the time of his retirement behind Walter Johnson.

After retirement, Bunning spent a year in Baseballtown, managing the Reading Phillies during the 1972 season.

His team went 70-69 in the Eastern League.

He was inducted in the Fightin Phils Hall of Fame in 2014.

After leaving Reading, Bunning turned his focus to public service.

He was elected to the city council of Fort Thomas, Kentucky in 1977.

Nine years later, Bunning was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he spent 12 years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1999.  He served two terms in the Senate before stepping down in 2011.

A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress.


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