Ex-Senate staffer: Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning has died

Posted May 28, 2017

Hall of Fame pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and former U.S. Senator, Jim Bunning, has died.

Bunning pitched in the Major League Baseball for 17 years and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.

Mr. Bunning was one of only 18 Major.

Bunning made brief stops with the Pirates and Dodgers before finishing his career with two seasons in Philadelphia. Bunning decided not to seek re-election to the Senate in 2010.

Bunning suffered a stroke back in October. It was the first flawless game in the National League in the 20th century, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame's website.

Legendary MLB pitcher Jim Bunning died Wednesday.

. Deuser said Bunning's family notified him about the ex-pitcher's death. "He was a great Senator, and I know that anyone that knows anything about baseball is going to miss him", said fellow Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro.

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Bunning's son, David, a federal judge, said in a tweet: "Heaven got its No 1 starter today". He served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and two more in the Senate. Jim Bunning, Baseball Hall of Famer-turned public servant, was a champion of conservatism and the embodiment of Kentucky's tenacious spirit.

Bunning's contributions to the game speak for themselves.

The following year, Bunning, who played baseball during an era marked by low wages and an open devotion to the game, introduced a bill to crack down on performance-enhancing drugs in pro sports.

A nine-time All-Star, Bunning pitched in the majors from 1955-71 with the Phillies and Detroit Tigers.

He was 85 years old. He led his league in strikeouts three times (with a career-high 253 for the 1967 Phillies) and led the AL with 20 wins for the 1957 Tigers. But the most memorable moment of that illustrious time was a ideal game on Father's Day, June 21, 1964 against the New York Mets. Bunning won a tight race for the U.S. Senate in 1998. Wendell Ford. He narrowly defeated Democrat Scotty Baesler.