This is the second in a series of profiles of members of Baseball’s Hall of Fame who have an affiliation with the Dodger franchise. Each Cooperstown Capsule will include the Hall of Famer’s connection with the Dodger organization, his year of induction, and links to his statistics and Hall of Fame webpage.
J i m B u n n i n g
Years with Dodgers:
Year of Hall of Fame induction:
1996 Veterans Committee
Connection to the Dodger franchise:
Bunning started 1969 with the Pirates and went 10-9 before being traded to Los Angeles in August. In nine starts with the Dodgers, he won three of four decisions, in what would be his last winning season.
Best remembered for…
There have been only 20 perfect games in baseball history. Bunning pitched the seventh on June 21, 1964 against the New York Mets. To make the day even more memorable for Bunning, a father of seven at the time, the day fell on Father’s Day. His big-league career spanned from 1955-1971.
In 1986, the Kentuckian was elected to the United States House of Representatives and served until 1999. He was then elected to the U.S. Senate and has served there since.
Did you know?
Bunning was the second pitcher in baseball history to record 1,000 strikeouts and 100 wins in both the American and National Leagues; Cy Young was the first.
The 79-year old is the first Kentuckian in nearly 40 years to serve in the Senate’s Finance Committee.
Bunning and his wife Mary Catherine raised nine children and have 35 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Also happening at the time…
During the early part of Bunning’s career, the Russians launched the world’s first satellite; near the end of his time in baseball, the United States put the first man on the moon. In between Americans witnessed the fourth assassination of a U.S. president.
Link to Jim Bunning’s page on the Baseball Hall of Fame Website
Link to Jim Bunning’s career statistics via Baseball-reference.com
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