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Former Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning dies at age 85

Former Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning dies at age 85”

The AP confirmed the death with Bunning's former chief of staff, Jon Deuser. Deuser said Bunning's family notified him about the ex-pitcher's death.

Bunning, who won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career, mostly with the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies, pitched the first flawless game in modern National League history and became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.

His ornery nature prompted Republican leaders to push him to retire as a senator.

Bunning then embarked on a career in politics, serving in local and state roles in Kentucky before being elected to the US House of Representatives as a Republican in 1986. He was a fierce protector of state interests such as tobacco, coal and its military bases. Bunning decided not to seek re-election to the Senate in 2010.

During his major league career, Bunning posted a record of 224-184 that included two no-hitters; on July 20, 1958, for the Detroit Tigers and again - in what would also be a prefect game - on June 21, 1964 for the Philadelphia Phillies. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the entire family at this hard time".

Just hours before the Senate was expected to pass the measure, Major League Baseball and its players association announced an agreement to toughen drug tests and penalties. Jim Bunning, Baseball Hall of Famer-turned public servant, was a champion of conservatism and the embodiment of Kentucky's tenacious spirit.

Hall of Famer Jim Bunning, who threw the seventh perfect game ever, dies at 85

Known in baseball for his consistency - rarely missing a turn in his team's pitching rotation, shrugging off fatigue or minor injuries - Bunning had the second-highest total of strikeouts, 2,855, when he retired as an athlete.

During his storied pro career, Bunning, an imposing 6-foot, 3-inch right-hander, developed a reputation as combative and unafraid to hit or brush back a batter who was crowding the plate. In February 2010, he single-handedly held up a $10 billion spending bill in Congress because it would add to the deficit. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996. Senator Bunning was fearless on the mound and in the halls of Congress.

Bunning's contributions to the game speak for themselves.

Bunning was 85 years old.

Bunning pitched for the Detroit Tigers, Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers over a 17-year career from 1955 to 1971.

After he was traded from Detroit to Philadelphia, Bunning completed the first flawless game in the NL of the 20th century, a Father's Day outing against the New York Mets. He served as a U.S. Senator from 1999 to 2011.



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