Hall of Fame pitcher, ex-U.S. senator Jim Bunning dies at 85

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Hall of Fame pitcher, former U.S. senator Jim Bunning dies at 85
Saturday May 27th, 2017

Hall of Fame pitcher and former Kentucky senator Jim Bunning has died, MLB announced. He was 85. 

Bunning was a seven-time All-Star in 17 big league seasons and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996 by the veteran’s committee. He amassed 224 wins and had a career 3.24 ERA and is one of only 23 pitchers to throw a perfect game.

Bunning hung up his spikes in 1971 and began a career in politics shortly thereafter, first as a city councilman. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1986 and graduated to the Senate in 1999. He did not run for re-election in 2010.

Bunning’s passing elicited strong reactions from his fellow Kentucky politicians. 

Bunning had suffered a stroke in October. 

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