Former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning has died

  • Former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning has died

Former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning has died

Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who went on to serve in Congress, has died.

Bunning suffered a stroke in October at his home in Southgate, Kentucky. As a Kentucky state representative, Bunning was a multi-term member of the House of Representatives and Senate.

He was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress.

Bunning rose to prominence in Major League Baseball during his first full season with the Tigers in 1957, recording 14 complete games and a league-leading 20 wins.

Bunning is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary, nine children and 35 grandchildren.

Bunning was also one of the leaders of the Major League Baseball Players Association and one of four players that hired Marvin Miller, who became one of the sport's defining figures for helping to change the game and grant players free agency. "I don't even want to think about what he was like in his prime", said Phillies bench coach Larry Bowa, who played shortstop behind Bunning in 1971. Following his second term, Bunning opted to not pursue re-election and retire from the political arena.

Larry Bowa, the Phillies' longtime shortstop, once recalled a game that Mr. Bunning pitched at Montreal in the early 1970s when "the Expos had Ron Hunt, a guy who loved to get hit". He was a consistent victor and workhorse pitcher for the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Services are set in Kentucky this week for former U.S. Sen. and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning.

"On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to Senator Bunning's family, friends, constituents and the many fans who admired his career in our game".

Bunning won in 224 games during his career and was an eight-time All-Star. Jim Bunning, Baseball Hall of Famer-turned public servant, was a champion of conservatism and the embodiment of Kentucky's tenacious spirit.

"He also supported legislation to aid adoptive parents and was known for actively working on local Kentucky issues and, whenever they came before Congress, baseball-related issues". He unsuccessfully ran for governor in 1983 but then won his House seat in 1986.

On Election Day, Bunning, who once enjoyed a big lead in the polls, narrowly defeated Mongiardo, with 51 percent to 49 percent. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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