BREAKING: MLB HALL OF FAME PITCHER DEAD

 

Hall of Fame pitcher and two-term U.S. Senator Jim Bunning has died, members of his family said Saturday. 

He was 85.

He died just before midnight Saturday.

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He had suffered a stroke in October, Fort Thomas Matters, a Kentucky media organization reported.

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His son, Kentucky District Judge David Bunning tweeted about his father’s death, Fox 19 Cincinnati reports.

“Heaven got its No 1 starter today. Our lives & the nation are better off because of your love & dedication to family.”

According to FortThomasMatters.com, Bunning was pronounced dead at 11:55 p.m. Friday.

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Bunning played for the Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers across a 17-year MLB career. He spent nearly all of that time with either the Tigers or Phillies, totaling five All-Star appearances in Detroit and a pair in Philadelphia.

Bunning pitched a perfect game on Father’s Day in 1964 against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in New York City.

It was the first time a National Leaguer had pitched a perfect game, retiring all 27 batters in a row, in 84 years.

He’s one of five players in MLB history with a no hitter for multiple teams.

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“We are saddened to announce the passing of Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. Senator, Jim Bunning,” the Phillies said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bunning family during this difficult time.”

 

  tweeted:

“Kentucky lost a true gem today. Sen. Jim Bunning, Baseball Hall of Famer-turned public servant, was a champion of conservatism and the embodiment of Kentucky’s tenacious spirit. Bunning’s unique sense of humor and outlook on life often drew attention, but he was never one to back down. He understood that “difficult times require difficult decisions,” a philosophy that guided him well as he served our state and country. His absence will be felt in the years to come, but we are thankful for what he left behind- an incredible legacy of hard work, determination, and selflessness.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred also released a statement:

https://twitter.com/MLB_PR/status/868610948994670592

“Senator Jim Bunning led a long and storied life. From his days in the major leagues to his years as my colleague in the Senate — and the many points in between, from the City Council to the House of Representatives — Jim rarely shied away from a new adventure. This Hall of Famer will long be remembered for many things, including a perfect game, a larger-than-life personality, a passion for Kentucky, and a loving family,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky,said Saturday.

Rest in peace patriot.

Sources- FOX, Bleacher Report and AFF

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