Jim Bunning

Jim Bunning autograph
Birthdate 10/23/1931
Death Date 5/26/2017
Debut Year 1955
Year of Induction 1996
Teams Tigers
Position Pitcher

Jim Bunning was the first to throw no-hitters in both the NL and AL. At the time of his retirement, his 2,855 strikeouts ranked 2nd in MLB history.

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Jim Bunning earned his way to Cooperstown on 224 wins, a no-hitter and a perfect game

Jim Bunning earned his way to Cooperstown on 224 wins, a no-hitter and a perfect game

Born in Kentucky in 1931, Jim Bunning represented his state proudly. A Major League pitcher for 17 years, Bunning was the first pitcher to throw no-hitters in each league. After he retired from baseball, Bunning spent the rest of his life in politics. Bunning broke in
Bunning finished in the top five in ERA six times

Bunning finished in the top five in ERA six times

Jim Bunning never led the league in earned run average but did finish in the top 10 seven times. In 1960 he finished second in the AL to the White Sox Frank Baumann, the second of his six top-5 finishes. Shown here is an autographed 1961 Topps card celebrating the 1960 ERA league leaders. At the bot
Bunning is the only Hall of Famer to be elected to the US Senate

Bunning is the only Hall of Famer to be elected to the US Senate

After retiring from baseball, Jim Bunning became active in politics. He first took elected office in 1977 as a City Councilman in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. He would eventually rise all the way to the US Senate. Shown here is a letter from July 20, 1983 in his capacity as Kentucky’s Senator from t

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