Next up in my series of “Turn Back the Clock” cards is one that celebrates Jim Bunning and his Father’s Day perfect game in 1964, which also made him one of the few Major League pitchers who tossed a no-hitter in both leagues, this one against the New York Mets:
Bunning, who pitched a no-hitter while with the Detroit Tigers against
the Boston Red Sox in 1958, bettered himself with a spotless perfect
game on June 21st of 1963, which was Father’s Day, appropriate for a guy
who had seven children of his own!
He would finish the game with 10 strikeouts against the hapless Mets,
and was helped in the game by a Johnny Callison home run, two runs
batted in by his catcher Gus Triandos, as well as two RBI’s of his own
on a double.
It would be the first perfect game in baseball during the regular season
since Charlie Robertson of the Chicago White Sox in 1922.
Though surely one of the high-points of his career, he put together what
would be a Hall of Fame tenure in the Majors, winning over 200 games,
which consisted of more than 100 in each league, another rarity at the
Post career, as we all know, Bunning would go into politics, serving his
home state of Kentucky for decades in various capacities, ultimately
leading to a Senator’s seat after serving as a State Assemblyman.