Jim Bunning Stats

Jim Bunning was born on Friday, October 23, 1931, in Southgate, Kentucky. Bunning was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 20, 1955, with the Detroit Tigers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Jim Bunning baseball stats page.

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"For most pitchers like me, who aren't overpowering supermen with extraordinary stuff like Sandy Koufax or Nolan Ryan , a no-hitter is a freaky thing." - Jim Bunning in No-Hitters: The 225 Games, 1893-1999 (Rich Westcott, 2000, Page 1)

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Jim Bunning Autograph on a 1963 Topps Baseball Card (#365 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1963top01' title='1963 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Jim Bunning Autograph on a 1963 Topps Baseball Card (#365 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
James Paul David Bunning
Nickname:
Jim
Born On:
10-23-1931  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Southgate, Kentucky
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-26-2017 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Cemetery:
St. Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas, Kentucky
High School:
St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati, OH)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
195
First Game:
07-20-1955 (Age 23)
Last Game:
09-03-1971
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Jim Bunning Pitching Stats

1955 24 Tigers 15 8 3 3 5 .375 6.35 0 0 1 51.0 241 59 36 38 8 32 2 37 1 3 0 -
1956 25 Tigers 15 3 5 5 1 .833 3.71 0 0 1 53.1 245 55 22 24 6 28 4 34 3 0 0 -
1957 26 Tigers 45 30 4 20 8 .714 2.69 14 1 1 267.1 1,081 214 80 91 33 72 5 182 4 11 1 -
1958 27 Tigers 35 34 0 14 12 .538 3.52 10 3 0 219.2 923 188 86 96 28 79 4 177 5 10 3 -
1959 28 Tigers 40 35 4 17 13 .567 3.89 14 1 1 249.2 1,037 220 108 111 37 75 0 201 1 11 1 -
1960 29 Tigers 36 34 1 11 14 .440 2.79 10 3 0 252.0 1,024 217 78 92 20 64 7 201 2 11 0 -
1961 30 Tigers 38 37 1 17 11 .607 3.19 12 4 1 268.0 1,110 232 95 113 25 71 3 194 2 9 0 -
1962 31 Tigers 41 35 6 19 10 .655 3.59 12 2 6 258.0 1,103 262 103 112 28 74 3 184 4 13 0 -
1963 32 Tigers 39 35 3 12 13 .480 3.88 6 2 1 248.1 1,051 245 107 119 38 69 3 196 4 5 0 -
1964 33 Phillies 41 39 2 19 8 .704 2.63 13 5 2 284.1 1,145 248 83 99 23 46 3 219 2 14 0 -
1965 34 Phillies 39 39 0 19 9 .679 2.60 15 7 0 291.0 1,191 253 84 92 23 62 10 268 1 12 0 -
1966 35 Phillies 43 41 2 19 14 .576 2.41 16 5 1 314.0 1,254 260 84 91 26 55 8 252 5 19 1 -
1967 36 Phillies 40 40 0 17 15 .531 2.29 16 6 0 302.1 1,216 241 77 94 18 73 20 253 4 13 1 -
1968 37 Pirates 27 26 0 4 14 .222 3.88 3 1 0 160.0 684 168 69 75 14 48 6 95 3 8 0 -
1969 38 Pirates 25 25 0 10 9 .526 3.81 4 0 0 156.0 654 147 66 74 10 49 4 124 4 6 1 -
1969 38 Dodgers 9 9 0 3 1 .750 3.36 1 0 0 56.1 238 65 21 23 5 10 0 33 0 1 0 -
1970 39 Phillies 34 33 0 10 15 .400 4.11 4 0 0 219.0 937 233 100 111 19 56 9 147 1 8 0 -
1971 40 Phillies 29 16 8 5 12 .294 5.48 1 0 1 110.0 484 126 67 72 11 37 7 58 1 6 0 -
17 Years 591 519 39 224 184 .549 3.27 151 40 16 3,760.1 15,618 3,433 1,366 1,527 372 1,000 98 2,855 47 160 8 -

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Jim Bunning Hitting Stats

1955 24 Tigers 15 15 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200
1956 25 Tigers 15 18 4 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 2 0 0 1 .333 .333 .444
1957 26 Tigers 45 94 10 20 2 1 1 0 4 5 0 29 5 0 0 6 .213 .253 .287
1958 27 Tigers 36 75 7 14 2 0 0 0 3 3 0 24 6 0 0 3 .187 .218 .213
1959 28 Tigers 40 89 7 17 0 1 1 0 7 5 0 25 8 0 0 5 .191 .234 .247
1960 29 Tigers 38 81 2 13 1 0 0 0 4 3 0 22 8 1 0 1 .160 .188 .173
1961 30 Tigers 38 100 6 13 1 0 0 0 4 2 0 30 2 0 0 3 .130 .147 .140
1962 31 Tigers 43 95 9 23 2 1 1 0 5 1 0 19 4 1 1 1 .242 .255 .316
1963 32 Tigers 41 84 4 13 1 1 0 0 5 4 0 15 6 0 0 4 .155 .193 .190
1964 33 Phillies 41 99 4 12 2 0 0 0 8 0 0 29 9 1 0 2 .121 .120 .141
1965 34 Phillies 39 103 6 22 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 25 4 0 0 0 .214 .221 .252
1966 35 Phillies 43 106 10 19 3 0 0 0 5 3 0 39 4 1 0 3 .179 .200 .208
1967 36 Phillies 40 104 8 17 3 0 2 0 12 1 0 33 7 0 0 1 .163 .171 .250
1968 37 Pirates 27 51 0 5 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 17 2 0 0 1 .098 .098 .118
1969 38 Pirates 25 47 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 12 7 0 0 2 .043 .100 .043
1969 38 Dodgers 9 18 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 3 0 0 1 .111 .111 .111
1970 39 Phillies 35 71 1 9 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 18 3 1 0 2 .127 .149 .127
1971 40 Phillies 31 25 1 3 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 9 3 1 0 0 .120 .148 .240
17 Years 601 1,275 82 213 21 4 7 0 75 34 0 362 85 6 1 36 .167 .188 .206

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Jim Bunning Fielding Stats

1955 Tigers P 15 8 153 13 0.9 12 4 8 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .923 2.12
1956 Tigers P 15 3 160 8 0.5 8 2 6 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.35
1957 Tigers P 45 30 802 31 0.7 31 12 19 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.04
1958 Tigers P 35 34 659 25 0.7 25 9 16 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.02
1959 Tigers P 40 35 749 30 0.8 27 11 16 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .900 0.97
1960 Tigers P 36 34 756 42 1.2 42 11 31 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
1961 Tigers P 38 37 804 53 1.4 50 21 29 3 6 n/a n/a n/a .943 1.68
1962 Tigers P 41 35 774 30 0.7 30 17 13 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.05
1963 Tigers P 39 35 745 44 1.1 43 18 25 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .977 1.56
1964 Phillies P 41 39 853 44 1.1 41 10 31 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .932 1.30
1965 Phillies P 39 39 873 72 1.8 69 29 40 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .958 2.13
1966 Phillies P 43 41 942 50 1.2 48 18 30 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .960 1.38
1967 Phillies P 40 40 907 50 1.3 49 16 33 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .980 1.46
1968 Pirates P 27 26 480 25 0.9 23 6 17 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .920 1.29
1969 Pirates P 25 25 468 14 0.6 13 4 9 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .929 0.75
1969 Dodgers P 9 9 169 7 0.8 7 1 6 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.12
1970 Phillies P 34 33 657 41 1.2 39 12 27 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .951 1.60
1971 Phillies P 29 16 330 22 0.8 21 5 16 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .955 1.72
P Totals 591 519 11,281 601 1.0 578 206 372 23 20 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.38
17 Years 591 519 11,281 601 1.0 578 206 372 23 20 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.38

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Jim Bunning Miscellaneous Stats

1955 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 0.0 1.16 6.53 5.65
1956 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.6 18.0 1.21 5.74 4.73
1957 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 94.0 3.2 23.5 2.53 6.13 2.42
1958 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 3.1 25.0 2.24 7.25 3.24
1959 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 89.0 3.6 12.7 2.68 7.25 2.70
1960 Tigers 0 2 .000 0 2 n/a 0.0 3.7 20.3 3.14 7.18 2.29
1961 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.3 25.0 2.73 6.51 2.38
1962 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 2 n/a 95.0 5.0 19.0 2.49 6.42 2.58
1963 Tigers 0 0 .000 0 2 n/a 0.0 5.6 16.8 2.84 7.10 2.50
1964 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.4 12.4 4.76 6.93 1.46
1965 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 103.0 4.1 25.8 4.32 8.29 1.92
1966 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.7 21.2 4.58 7.22 1.58
1967 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 52.0 3.2 8.7 3.47 7.53 2.17
1968 Pirates 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 17.0 1.98 5.34 2.70
1969 Pirates 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.9 47.0 2.53 7.15 2.83
1969 Dodgers 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 18.0 3.30 5.27 1.60
1970 Phillies 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 3.9 11.8 2.63 6.04 2.30
1971 Phillies 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 25.0 2.8 12.5 1.57 4.75 3.03
17 Years 0 2 .000 3 7 n/a 182.1 3.5 17.0 2.86 6.83 2.39

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Jim Bunning Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1955 Detroit Tigers 15 $5,700.00 - -
1956 Detroit Tigers 14 $7,000.00 - -
1957 Detroit Tigers 14 $8,500.00 Stats -
1958 Detroit Tigers 14 $15,500.00 - -
1959 Detroit Tigers 14 $20,000.00 Stats -
1960 Detroit Tigers 14 $24,000.00 - -
1961 Detroit Tigers 14 $28,000.00 Stats -
1962 Detroit Tigers 14 $35,000.00 Stats -
1963 Detroit Tigers 14 $39,000.00 Stats -
1964 Philadelphia Phillies 14 $39,000.00 Stats -
1965 Philadelphia Phillies 14 $50,000.00 - -
1966 Philadelphia Phillies 14 $50,000.00 Stats -
1967 Philadelphia Phillies 14 $45,000.00 - -
1968 Pittsburgh Pirates 14 $45,000.00 - -
1969 Pittsburgh Pirates 14 $75,000.00 - -
1969 Los Angeles Dodgers 17 "     " - -
1970 Philadelphia Phillies 14 $85,000.00 - -
1971 Philadelphia Phillies 14 $85,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Jim Bunning, on August 2, 1959 , threw an immaculate inning ? With exactly nine pitches thrown, Bunning struck out Sammy White , Jim Mahoney and Ike Delock in the ninth inning to enter the 9 Pitches - 9 Strikes - 3 Outs Club , the sixth known instance in American League history.

Did you know that Jim Bunning started and won a game played on April 10, 1971 , which also happened to be the first regular season Major League baseball game ever played in Veterans Stadium?

Did you know that when Jim Bunning hung up his cleats, his 2,855 career strikeouts where the second most in Major League history behind Hall of Famer Walter Johnson , who finished with 3,508 strikeouts? [ Top 1,000 ]

Jim Bunning threw a no-hitter on July 20, 1958 , for the Detroit Tigers against the Boston Red Sox. On Father's Day, June 21, 1964 , Bunning threw a perfect game for the Philadelphia Phillies against the New York Mets. Let's take a closer look at both of the absolutely phenomenal pitching performances:

Jim Bunning No Hitter (Box Score: July 20, 1958 )

One year earlier, Jim Bunning had posted a sparkling 20-8 record, leading the American League in wins in his first full season in the big leagues. He had struggled early in 1958, but had won five of his last six decisions when he went up against the second place Boston Red Sox on Sunday July 20 at Fenway Park.

Bunning had just a 7-6 record for the fourth place Detroit Tigers as he faced Frank Sullivan before a crowd of 29,529 in the first game of a doubleheader (Boston won the second game, 5-2). The 26-year-old, however, completely baffled the hard-hitting Bosox, stopping them cold with only the fourth no-hitter in Tigers' history.

Mixing a smoking fastball with a wicked slider, Bunning struck out 12 and walked two. Two Red Sox, Lou Berberet and Ted Lepcio , each struck out three times. Bunning whiffed two batters in six different innings. Boston hit only seven balls to the outfield, three of them by Ted Williams .

The hardest hit ball of Bunning came at the outset when Red Sox leadoff batter Gene Stephens slammed a high drive deep to right. Al Kaline backed up and grabbed the blow just a few feet in front of the wall. Bunning then nailed Pete Runnels on a ground out to third and Ted Williams on a fly to right.

With one out in the second, Bunning hit Jackie Jensen with a pitch. One of only three Red Sox to reach base, Jensen moved to second on Dick Gernett's ground out to third, but stayed there as Berberet fanned to end the inning.

In the third, after striking out Billy Consolo and retiring Sullivan on a foul pop to first, Bunning walked Stephens . Lepcio , who had replaced Runnels after he was injured, followed with a strikeout.

The Sox hit three balls to the outfield in the fourth, Williams flying out to center, Frank Malzone to right and Jensen lining out to center. Then with one out, Bunning struck out Berberet and Consolo in the fifth.

Detroit had scored all its runs in the top of the fifth. Gail Harris tripled and scored on Gus Zernial's double. Two outs later, Zernial scored on Red Wilson's single. After Bunning singled, Wilson scored on a single by Harvey Kuenn .

Stephens drew his second walk of the game with one out in the sixth, but Lepcio was called out on strikes and Williams forced the runner at second for the third out.

After retiring the side in order in the seventh, Bunning got Berberet on a called third strike leading off the eighth. Consolo popped out to second and pinch-hitter Billy Klaus struck out.

In the ninth, Bunning caught Gene Stephens looking on a 2-2 pitch for a called third strike. Then he fanned Lepcio on another 2-2 pitch. That left it up to the aging but ever dangerous Williams , who was in the process of winning his second straight batting championship. Bunning got the great slugger to rap a 1-0 pitch high to right, Al Kaline caught it with no trouble.

Bunning had his no-hitter. He went on to post a 14-12 record that season. Eventually, he won 19 games four times and pitched another no-hitter for the Phillies, this one being a perfect game.

Source: Researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Jim Bunning', Page 192).

Jim Bunning Perfect Game (Box Score: June 21, 1964 )

The father of seven children, Jim Bunning couldn't have picked a better time to hurl the first perfect game in modern National League history. The slender righthander performed the feat on Father's Day.

Bunning (who eventually had nine children) had just joined the Philadelphia Phillies that season. He would win 19 games in each of his first three seasons for the Phils. His no-hitter would be the first one by a Phillies pitcher in more than 58 years.

It was a hot afternoon at Shea Stadium as the future Hall of Famer squared off against the 10th place New York Mets before a crowd of 32,026 in the first game of a doubleheader. The 32-year-old Bunning, who had a 6-2 record for the first place Phillies, faced Tracy Stallard .

It was clear from the start that Bunning had his best stuff, which consisted of a darting slider, a tantalizing curve, a lively fastball and excellent control. Bunning struck out leadoff hitter Jim Hickman in the first inning, and from there, he was off to the races.

Bunning threw a total of just 90 pitches. Only 21 of them were balls. He struck out 10, including Hickman three times. Bunning went to a 3-2 count twice. Only four balls were hit out of the infield and five Mets were retired on grounders.

Only three outs were not routine. Amado Samuel hit a sharp line drive to shortstop Cookie Rojas for the second out in the third. In the sixth, Charlie Smith led off with a long fly to center field that Johnny Briggs caught near the fence.

Bunning was the recipient of a huge defensive play in the fifth when second baseman Tony Taylor cut down Jesse Gonder . With one out, the lefthanded-hitting Gonder drilled a hard grounder toward the hole between first and second. Taylor dove for the ball and gloved it, but the ball popped out as he hit the ground. Taylor then grabbed the ball and threw from his knees to first to nip Gonder by two steps.

By then, Bunning had a 2-0 lead. Dick Allen singled home the Phillies' first run in the first inning. In the second, Gus Triandos doubled home another run.

The Phillies added four more runs in the sixth on a home run by Johnny Callison , a walk, single by Taylor and an RBI single by Triandos and Bunning's two-run double.

In the seventh, Bunning struck out Hickman , retired Ron Hunt on a grounder to third, and fanned Ed Kranepool . He fanned Joe Christopher to open the eighth, got Gonder on a routine grounder to second, and struck out Bob Taylor .

Bunning finished his masterpiece with a strong ninth. He set down Smith on a 2-2 pitch with a popup to Bobby Wine in foul territory. Next he struck out pinch-hitter George Altman on three pitches. Then with the crowd screaming wildly, Bunning got pinch-hitter John Stephenson to swing and miss on a 2-2 pitch to end the game.

To complete the memorable day, the Phillies went on to win the second game, too, beating the Mets, 8-2, with 18-year-old Rick Wise getting the first of his 188 major league wins.

That night, Bunning appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Although he finished the season with a 19-8 record, it would be a bittersweet year for Bunning and the Phillies, who lost a chance for the National Legue pennant when they blew a six and one-half game lead with 12 games to play.

Source: Researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Jim Bunning', Page 221-222).

Cy Young was the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in each league. The second? Jim Bunning. Since then, Nolan Ryan , Hideo Nomo and Randy Johnson have joined the elite set of pitchers with no-hitters in each league.

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