19. Jim Bunning
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 23, 1931 in Southgate, KY USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 20, 1955
  • Final Game: September 03, 1971
  • TSN All-Star - 1957
  • TSN All-Star - 1964

While Jim Bunning played and won significantly more games and was named to more All Star Games (5 to 2) as a Detroit Tiger, he will always be far more known for what he accomplished in Philadelphia.

While Bunning threw a no-hitter in Detroit, hurled a perfect game in Philadelphia.  His best season (1967) took place with the Phils where he was the Cy Young Award runner up.  He actually has a slightly better overall bWAR with Philadelphia then he does with Detroit.  Philadelphia retired his number.  Detroit did not.  Most importantly his hall of fame hat has the letter “P” on it.

I guess we are saying that Jim Bunning is a Philadelphia Phillie!

In terms of traditional numbers Bunning would win 89 Games with 1,197 Strikeouts with Philadelphia over two runs, the first of which was in his prime and the second was the final two years of his career.

Bunning entered the Baseball Hall of Fame through the Veteran’s Committee in 1996 though he never should have to have waited so long to have entered Cooperstown.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Traded from the Detroit Tigers with Gus Triandos for Don Demeter and Jack Hamilton 12/5/63.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Harold Clem, Woodie Fryman, Bill Laxton and Don Money 12/15/67.

    Acquired (2): Signed as a Free Agent 10/29/69.

    Departed (2): Retired after the 1971 Season.
  • Games Played: 226
  • Notable Statistics: 89-73 Record
    208 Games Started
    2.93 ERA
    65 Complete Games
    1,520.2 Innings Pitched
    1,197 Strikeouts
    2.80 FIP
    1.111 WHIP
    30.8 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All Star (1964 & 1966)

    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1967)

    Lowest BB9 (1964)

    Most Innings Pitched (1967)

    Most Strikeouts (1967)

    Most Games Started (1966 & 1967)

    Most Shutouts (1966 & 1967)

    Highest SO/BB (1964)

    Most Batters Faced (1967)

    Most Putouts by a Pitcher (1965)
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