Jim Bunning

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

At the time of his retirement, Jim Bunning’s 2,855 strikeouts ranked 2nd in MLB history; as of the start of the 2016 season he was 17th on the list. 

In the collection:

Handwritten letter to early player agent Frank Scott

Handwritten letter to early player agent Frank Scott

Jim Bunning penned this letter the day after his 13th loss of the 1960 season. Here Bunning writes to one of the first player agents, Frank Scott with a list of his teammates’ winter addresses and with inquiries about different money matters. Bunning
Bunning places 2nd in the AL in ERA in 1960

Bunning places 2nd in the AL in ERA in 1960

Jim Bunning never led the league in earned run average but he sure came close in 1960, finishing second to Frank Baumann. In fact Bunning finished in the top ten seven times and in the top five six times. Shown here is an autographed 1961 Topps
Autographed 1968 Topps Jim Bunning card

Autographed 1968 Topps Jim Bunning card

Jim Bunning has signed this example of his 1968 Topps card. The ’68 season was not kind to the future Hall of Famer. His 4-14 and .222 winning percentage were the worst marks of his career. He would go on to win 28 more games before his
Signed Bunning letter as a US Senator on his personal letterhead

Signed Bunning letter as a US Senator on his personal letterhead

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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