Phillies Hall Of Fame Pitcher Jim Bunning Dies At Age 85

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He served six two-year terms as a congressman beginning in 1987, and was elected twice to the U.S. Senate. As a member of the Phillies, Bunning pitched the seventh ideal game in Major League Baseball history on Sunday, June 21, 1964, against the New York Mets.

Facing questions about his behavior, Bunning ended his political career in 2009 when he announced that he would not seek a third Senate term the next year. "If he had to brush back his mother, I think he'd do it to win", former Detroit Tigers second baseman Frank Bolling said of his one-time teammate. "He also had an impressive political career, being elected as state senator, running as a gubernatorial candidate, and serving as U.S. Senator", Stivers said.

That was especially true with abortion. The second one, on Father's Day of 1964, was a flawless game, as Bunning's Phillies blanked the New York Mets.

Former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 5 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Philadelphia, October 27, 2008. Jim threw no-hitters in both leagues, pitched a flawless game on Father's Day in 1964 and, at his retirement, had more strikeouts than any pitcher in history except Walter Johnson. Bunning was inducted into the Hall in Cooperstown, NY., in 1996.

The Kentucky Republican served stints on a city council and in the state Senate before a almost quarter-century career in Congress.

He was active in the rise of the baseball players' union in the 1960s, joining with Robin Roberts and Harvey Kuenn in recruiting Marvin Miller, then an economist for the steelworkers, as the union's executive director.

As a politician, he was known as "blunt and abrasive", according to the publication. He looked right at Hunt and said: 'Ron, you want to get hit?

Republican Rand Paul rode a tea party wave to win Bunning's seat in 2010.

Bunning remained combative in his final year in office, single-handedly holding up an emergency appropriations bill for several days as a one-man protest against federal spending.

Bunning's son, Kentucky U.S. District Judge David Bunning, paid tribute to his father. Our lives & the nation are better off because of your love & dedication to family.

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