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Full Name: James Paul David Bunning Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 3"/190 First Game: July 20, 1955
Birthdate: October 23, 1931 Final Game: September 3, 1971
Birthplace: Southgate, Kentucky MLB Experience: 17 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996


Biography

Born on October 23, 1931 in Southgate, Kentucky, Jim Bunning (James Paul David Bunning) played for the Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers over the course of his 17 year career. Bunning broke into the bigs on July 20, 1955 with the Detroit Tigers, and put up a 6.35 ERA in 51 innings pitched in 1955, his rookie year.

There is some disagreement on what was Jim Bunning's most productive season. Some believe that it was 1966, when he posted a 2.41 ERA, won 19 games and struck out 252 batters. However, others believe that it was 1965, when he posted a 2.60 ERA, won 19 games and struck out 268 batters.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1955 DET A 15 8 3 5 6.35 37 38 36 0 0 1 51 59 8 32 2 1 3
1956 DET A 15 3 5 1 3.71 34 24 22 0 0 1 53.1 55 6 28 4 3 0
1957 DET A 45 30 20 8 2.69 182 91 80 14 1 1 267.1 214 33 72 5 4 11
1958 DET A 35 34 14 12 3.52 177 96 86 10 3 0 219.2 188 28 79 4 5 10
1959 DET A 40 35 17 13 3.89 201 111 108 14 1 1 249.2 220 37 75 0 1 11
1960 DET A 36 34 11 14 2.79 201 92 78 10 3 0 252 217 20 64 7 2 11
1961 DET A 38 37 17 11 3.19 194 113 95 12 4 1 268 232 25 71 3 2 9
1962 DET A 41 35 19 10 3.59 184 112 103 12 2 6 258 262 28 74 3 4 13
1963 DET A 39 35 12 13 3.88 196 119 107 6 2 1 248.1 245 38 69 3 4 5
1964 PHI N 41 39 19 8 2.63 219 99 83 13 5 2 284.1 248 23 46 3 2 14
1965 PHI N 39 39 19 9 2.60 268 92 84 15 7 0 291 253 23 62 10 1 12
1966 PHI N 43 41 19 14 2.41 252 91 84 16 5 1 314 260 26 55 8 5 19
1967 PHI N 40 40 17 15 2.29 253 94 77 16 6 0 302.1 241 18 73 20 4 13
1968 PIT N 27 26 4 14 3.88 95 75 69 3 1 0 160 168 14 48 6 3 8
1969 PIT N 25 25 10 9 3.81 124 74 66 4 0 0 156 147 10 49 4 4 6
1969 LA N 9 9 3 1 3.36 33 23 21 1 0 0 56.1 65 5 10 0 0 1
1969 TOT N 34 34 13 10 3.69 157 97 87 5 0 0 212.1 212 15 59 4 4 7
1970 PHI N 34 33 10 15 4.11 147 111 100 4 0 0 219 233 19 56 9 1 8
1971 PHI N 29 16 5 12 5.48 58 72 67 1 0 1 110 126 11 37 7 1 6
Total NL 287 268 106 97 3.10 1449 731 651 73 24 4 1893 1741 149 436 67 21 87
Total AL 304 251 118 87 3.45 1406 796 715 78 16 12 1867.1 1692 223 564 31 26 73
Total 591 519 224 184 3.27 2855 1527 1366 151 40 16 3760.1 3433 372 1000 98 47 160

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1955 DET A P 15 0 0 4 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .923
1956 DET A P 15 0 0 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1957 DET A P 45 30 266.2 12 19 0 0 0 0 8 9 0 1.000
1958 DET A P 35 34 219.2 9 16 0 0 0 2 6 4 1 1.000
1959 DET A P 40 35 249.2 11 16 3 1 0 0 13 8 0 .900
1960 DET A P 36 34 252 11 31 0 0 0 2 11 12 0 1.000
1961 DET A P 38 37 268.1 21 29 3 6 0 4 13 11 0 .943
1962 DET A P 41 35 258 17 13 0 1 0 0 15 8 0 1.000
1963 DET A P 39 35 248.1 18 25 1 1 0 1 6 5 1 .977
1964 PHI N P 41 39 284.1 10 31 3 2 0 3 8 4 0 .932
1965 PHI N P 39 39 291 29 40 3 2 0 5 10 8 1 .958
1966 PHI N P 43 41 314 18 30 2 0 0 1 22 11 0 .960
1967 PHI N P 40 40 302.1 16 33 1 1 0 1 23 11 0 .980
1968 PIT N P 27 26 160 6 17 2 1 0 2 10 7 0 .920
1969 PIT N P 25 25 156 4 9 1 2 0 1 8 6 0 .929
1969 LA N P 9 9 56.1 1 6 0 0 0 1 9 3 0 1.000
1969 TOT N P 34 34 212.1 5 15 1 2 0 2 17 9 0 .952
1970 PHI N P 34 33 219 12 27 2 1 0 1 29 7 0 .951
1971 PHI N P 29 16 110 5 16 1 1 0 2 12 5 0 .955
Total P 591 508 3655.2 206 372 23 20 0 26 203 119 3 .962

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1955 DET A 15 15 0 3 0 0 .200 .200 .200 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 0
1956 DET A 15 18 4 6 0 1 .333 .333 .444 2 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 1
1957 DET A 45 94 10 20 1 4 .213 .253 .287 2 1 5 29 0 5 0 0 6
1958 DET A 36 75 7 14 0 3 .187 .218 .213 2 0 3 24 0 6 0 0 3
1959 DET A 40 89 7 17 1 7 .191 .234 .247 0 1 5 25 0 8 0 0 5
1960 DET A 38 81 2 13 0 4 .160 .188 .173 1 0 3 22 0 8 0 0 1
1961 DET A 38 100 6 13 0 4 .130 .147 .140 1 0 2 30 0 2 0 0 3
1962 DET A 43 95 9 23 1 5 .242 .255 .316 2 1 1 19 1 4 0 0 1
1963 DET A 41 84 4 13 0 5 .155 .193 .190 1 1 4 15 0 6 0 0 4
1964 PHI N 41 99 4 12 0 8 .121 .120 .141 2 0 0 29 0 9 0 0 2
1965 PHI N 39 103 6 22 1 4 .214 .221 .252 1 0 1 25 0 4 0 0 0
1966 PHI N 43 106 10 19 0 5 .179 .200 .208 3 0 3 39 0 4 0 0 3
1967 PHI N 40 104 8 17 2 12 .163 .171 .250 3 0 1 33 0 7 0 0 1
1968 PIT N 27 51 0 5 0 3 .098 .098 .118 1 0 0 17 0 2 0 0 1
1969 PIT N 25 47 3 2 0 1 .043 .100 .043 0 0 3 12 0 7 0 0 2
1969 LA N 9 18 0 2 0 1 .111 .111 .111 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 1
1969 TOT N 34 65 3 4 0 2 .062 .103 .062 0 0 3 18 0 10 0 0 3
1970 PHI N 35 71 1 9 0 6 .127 .149 .127 0 0 2 18 0 3 0 0 2
1971 PHI N 31 25 1 3 1 2 .120 .148 .240 0 0 1 9 0 3 0 0 0
Total NL 290 624 33 91 4 42 .146 .160 .181 10 0 11 188 0 42 0 0 12
Total AL 311 651 49 122 3 33 .187 .216 .230 11 4 23 174 1 43 0 0 24
Total 601 1275 82 213 7 75 .167 .188 .206 21 4 34 362 1 85 0 0 36

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by Detroit Tigers (1950).
  • Traded by Detroit Tigers with Gus Triandos to Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Don Demeter and Jack Hamilton (December 5, 1963).
  • Traded by Philadelphia Phillies to Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for Don Money, Woodie Fryman, Bill Laxton and Harold Clem (December 15, 1967).
  • Traded by Pittsburgh Pirates to Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Ron Mitchell, Chuck Goggin and cash (August 15, 1969).
  • Released by Los Angeles Dodgers (October 22, 1969).
  • Signed by Philadelphia Phillies (October 29, 1969).

Trivia

  • Selected to seven All-Star Games: 1957, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966
  • Attended Xavier University


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