Friday, June 4, 2010

Counting Down a True Rarity: MLB's 20 Perfect Games

Part 8 of 21

7 Jim Bunning, Philadelphia Phillies June 21, 1964

Fittingly, the father of nine children placed his name on this prestigious list on Father's Day. Jim Bunning, who later was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and U.S. House of Representatives, dominated the New York Mets in the first game of a doubleheader.

Bunning struck out 10 batters on the way to the 6-0 victory that was the National League's first perfect game in 84 years. The game was his second no-hitter in an accomplished career.

Although he recorded 20-wins just one season, Bunning finished with a 224-184 mark and a 3.27 ERA. After falling short of the necessary votes from the Baseball Writer's Association, the Veteran's Committee selected him to be inducted into the Cooperstown venue in 1996.

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