Jim Bunning, Former U.S. Senator And Baseball Hall Of Fame Pitcher, Dead At 85

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A former United States Congressman and Senator and a Hall of Fame baseball pitcher died late last night, according to media reports.

Jim Bunning was 85 years old when he passed away; he had previously most notably suffered a stroke in October.

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The former Congressman and Senator served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before moving on to two more in the Senate, representing Kentucky throughout.

Before his political career, he had been a professional baseball pitcher from 1955 to 1971, mostly with franchises in Detroit and Philadelphia. On the field, he may be best known for throwing a perfect game in 1964 — the first one in the National League in the 20th Century.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, in 1996.

His family shared photos and memories of him after his death (below):

So sad.

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R.I.P., Mr. Bunning — you sure lived an incredible life.

[Image via Twitter.]

May 27, 2017 12:47pm PDT

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