Phillies Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning has died at age 85. The Phillies on Saturday announced Bunning died overnight.
Bunning arrived in Philadelphia in 1964, after spending the first nine seasons of his career in Detroit. As ace of the ’64 Phils, Bunning went 19-8 with a 2.63 ERA, throwing the franchise’s first perfect game on Father’s Day.
As a Phillie Bunning went 89-73 with a 2.93 ERA, 1,197 strikeouts and 329 walks. Lifetime he finished 224-184 with a 3.27 ERA and 2,855 strikeouts, 17th all time; he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
Bunning’s No. 14 is one of the six uniform numbers retired by the Phillies.
After his baseball career ended, Bunning went into politics, serving 12 years in the U.S. Senate and 12 years in the House as a Kentucky Republican.
Read more about Bunning:
- 100 Greatest Phillies: No. 14, Jim Bunning
- 100 Greatest Phillies Update: No. 12, Jim Bunning
- Jim Bunning: Remembering a Father’s Day treat