Sunday, October 23, 2016

Happy Birthday Jim Bunning

Today is Jim Bunning's 85th birthday. I hope he has a great day, not just because it's his birthday, but because he recently suffered a stroke.

Bunning had a tremendous baseball career that spanned from 1955 - 1971. The 9 time all-star pitched both a no-hitter and a perfect game. The perfect game came on Father's Day 1964 with his seven children cheering him on. When he retired from the game, Bunning had the second most career strikeouts with 2,855, only behind the great Walter Johnson.

After his baseball career ended, he entered politics eventually serving as both a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate for his home state of Kentucky.

Bunning was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1996.

Bunning pitched for the Tigers, Phillies, Pirates, and Dodgers during his career, but spent the majority of his career with Detroit and Philadelphia. I don't have any cards of Bunning from his playing days. I only have four cards total. These two ...

...and these two.

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