Wednesday, July 3, 2013

"CAREER CAPPER" #2: 1972 JIM BUNNING

Today I present the second card in the "Career Capper" thread, a 1972 Jim Bunning had Topps practiced issuing one last card AFTER a star player retired.
Bunning, who as we all know went on to a impressive career as a Kentucky politician after retiring from baseball in 1971, built a Hall of Fame career mainly for the Tigers and Phillies between 1955-1971.
Among some of his career highlights on the baseball diamond: he threw no-hitters (one a perfect game) in BOTH the A.L. and N.L., as well as leading both leagues in strikeouts. As a matter of fact, upon his retirement, he was second in baseball history with 2,855 punch-outs, second only to the "Big Train" Walter Johnson at the time.
A nine-time All-Star, he eventually had his number, #14, retired by the Phillies and finished his career with a 224-184 record to go along with those 2,855 K's and a 3.27 E.R.A.
Lastly, his career was topped off in 1996 when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

From the mound to Washington D.C.

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