Sunday, May 28, 2017

REST IN PEACE- JIM BUNNING

Really sad to hear yesterday about the passing of former Hall of Fame pitcher and United States Senator Jim Bunning, about as accomplished a person to take a mound as there was.
Here’s a nice image of him in the form of a 1972 In-Action card I put together yesterday:


As a baseball player he put in 17-years of all-star play, winning 20 games once, but putting together four 19-win seasons along with three 17-win seasons, while leading his league in strikeouts three times and shutouts twice.
The seven-time all-star threw a no-hitter in each league, with his National League no-no a perfect game against the New York Mets in 1964.
He also won 100-games in each league, becoming the first to do so since the great Cy Young at the beginning of the 20th Century.
In 1996, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining contemporaries such as Juan Marichal, Sandy Koufax and Whitey Ford.
By then he was already a Representative of Kentucky’s 4th District  for nine years before becoming a State Senator in 1999, a position he would hold until January 2011.
A great life to say the least. Though I like to think of it as incredible actually. To do any ONE of these things he accomplished is a life’s great achievement, and Bunning did them all.
Amazing man.

7 comments:

  1. Thank you for this very nice card. It's great that you found a photo of his unusual follow-through (appearing to fall off the mound after every pitch).

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  2. Very nicely done, Gio!

    Thanks!

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  3. If I saw this '72 card when I was a teenager, I would've assumed that it was from Series 6. Cool!

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  4. Good card, but I associate Bunning more with the 60's than the 70's. A 60's card would have been nice. He was a great player and a great statesman.

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  5. Great card! I wonder if you can tell who he's facing by the lineup info on the scoreboard behind him?

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  6. Great player. Great politician. He served the northern Kentucky area for many years.

    http://cin.ci/2r9rhoW

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