Bunning, Jim

James Paul David Bunning
Born: October 23, 1931, Southgate, Kentucky
Played For: 
Detroit Tigers (1955-1963), Philadelphia Phillies (1964-1967, 1970-1971), Pittsburgh Pirates (1968-1969), Los Angeles Dodgers (1969)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1996

Displaying a remarkable consistency during his 17-year career, Jim Bunning became the second pitcher to record 100 wins and 1,000 strikeouts in both the American and National Leagues. He also threw no-hitters in both leagues, including a perfect game on Father's Day 1964. Accumulated 224 career wins as a seven-time All-Star selection, Bunning was also a leading figure in the founding of the player's union and later served Kentucky as a United States Senator.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Jim Bunning's perfect game of 1964 was the first such gem pitched in the National League since 1880?
He would get two strikes on you, and you didn't want to be caught looking, so you swung.
Jesse Gonder