Over a 17-year career that was highlighted by his durability, Jim Bunning compiled some impressive statistics. Debuting in 1955 with the Detroit Tigers, he would lead the league in wins in 1957 with 20. While never cracking the 20-win plateau again, he won 19 four more times, including three years in a row beginning in 1964 when he joined the Philadelphia Phillies. That year he would throw the first perfect game in the National League since 1880 against the New York Mets on Father’s Day. He led the league in strikeouts three times and is 17th on the all-time list.
Bunning was a six-term Representative and two-term Senator in the United States Congress, representing the state of Kentucky from 1986-2010.
April 22, 2012