» June 17, 1880: John Montgomery Ward pitches a perfect game in Providence against Buffalo, winning 50. Losing P Pud Galvin makes the last out. This is the 2nd perfect game in the National League in six days. The 3rd will not be pitched until 1964, when Jim Bunning turns the trick.
» September 27, 1928:
For a remarkable 2nd time in five weeks, Lefty Grove strikes out three batters on nine pitches, this time victimizing the White Sox (Berg, Thomas and Mostil) in the 7th inning. Grove also starts the A's scoring with a solo home run and wins 63, his 6th straight win over Chicago and his 24th of the year. Not until Jim Bunning, in 1959, will another American League hurler K the side on nine pitches.
» July 26, 1957:
Jim Bunning of the Tigers 2-hits New York 3-2, but one of the hits is Mickey Mantle's ninth left-handed HR, the 200th HR of his career.
» June 15, 1958: At New York, Yankee killers Jim Bunning and Frank Lary sweep New York 20 and 30 in a Detroit twin bill. Lary gives up four hits and Bunning 3.
» June 20, 1958: At Detroit, Jim Bunning fans 14 Yankees to win 71, Detroit's 6th win in a row over the Bombers. Mickey Mantle and Elston Howard each fan three times.
» July 20, 1958:
Jim Bunning of the Tigers pitches a 3-0 no-hitter over the Red Sox and fans 12. Only two walks and a hit batsman mar Bunning's performance as he wins his sixth game in seven decisions (8-6). In game two, Ike Delock wins his 10th straight, 5-2.
» September 17, 1958: Despite a wind blowing in at Briggs Stadium, Mickey Mantle poles a Jim Bunning pitch down the right field line over the roof onto Trumbull Avenue, some 500 feet away. The 2-run homer is all the Bunning allows as the Tigers win 52.
» May 1, 1959:
Harmon Killebrew's 10th inning home run, the 2nd of the game for the third sacker, gives Washington a 43 win over the woeful Tigers (2-14). Jim Bunning and Camilo Pascual each go the rout. Bunning is done in by errors by Eddie Yost and Rocky Bridges in the 8th, though Yost hits a double and home run against his old team.
» June 12, 1959:
The Yanks top Jim Bunning and Detroit, 64, to give Casey Stengel his 1,000th win as the Yankee skipper. Don Larsen picks up the win.
» August 2, 1959: Jim Bunning of the Tigers pitches the only "perfect" inning of the last four decades striking out three Red Sox on nine pitches. Bunning wins 30. The last American League hurler to K the side on nine pitches was Lefty Grove, in 1928.
» April 19, 1960: Opening Day in Cleveland takes on added drama as Rocky Colavito makes his debut with the Tigers. He is hitless in six ABs and strikes out four times. Detroit's Frank Lary and Cleveland's Gary Bell each pitch 10 shutout innings. The Tigers score twice in the 11th, but Jim Piersall's 2-run single off Jim Bunning ties the game. In the 15th, as the major-league record for the longest Opening Day game is tied, Al Kaline's 2-run single gives Detroit a 42 win.
» May 22, 1960: With Rocky Colavito on the bench because of poor hitting, the Tigers sweep the visiting Red Sox, 62 and 52. Boston has now lost nine straight and extend that to 10 games before winning. Jim Bunning and Hank Aguirre notch the wins, as the Hubmen strand 15 runners in the nitecap.
» June 25, 1961: Vic Power is the base runner on 1B in the bottom of the 9th, when Chuck Essegian pinch-hits a single. Power, thinking it is a home run, waits to shake hands with Essegian, and is forced at 2B. Detroit and Jim Bunning win, 63, then Cleveland takes the nitecap, 43.
» July 9, 1961:
The Tigers take over 1st place with a doubleheader sweep of the Angels. Frank Lary's 13th victory in the opener, a 10 three-hitter, is followed by Jim Bunning's 63 win in the nitecap.
» August 25, 1961: Jim Bunning (15-9) allows just two hits while blanking the Senators, 60, in a game called after eight innings because of rain. The win keeps the Tigers two games ahead of the Yankees.
» May 24, 1962: The Tigers score their first four runs on homers, then score the winner on a passed ball in the 11th to beat the Orioles, 54. Charlie Lau misses a Hoyt Wilhelm knuckler to allow Dick McAuliffe to score. Jim Bunning pitches the first nine innings for Detroit and is accused by O's manager Billy Hitchcock of notching the ball with his belt buckle.
» December 4, 1963:
Detroit P Jim Bunning is traded to the Phillies with C Gus Triandos for OF Don Demeter and P Jack Hamilton. Not a smart move for Detroit as Bunning will win 75 games for Philley over the next four seasons.
» June 21, 1964: On Father's Day at Shea Stadium, Jim Bunning fans 10, drives in two runs, and pitches the first perfect game (excluding Don Larsen's 1956 World Series effort and Harvey Haddix's 1959 overtime loss) since Charlie Robertson's on April 30, 1922. Philadelphia beats the Mets 60. He also becomes the first pitcher to win no-hitters in both leagues, and Gus Triandos becomes the first C to catch a no-hitter in each league. Bunning throws just 90 pitches in winning his 2nd no-hitter. The next time Bunning faces the Mets he will shut them out, the first no-hit pitcher this century to do that. The Mets don't fare much better in the nitecap as 18-year-old rookie Rick Wise wins his 1st game and gives up just three hits for an 82 win. Johnny Klippstein comes on in the 9th. The Phils increase their National League lead to two games over the Giants.
» August 9, 1964: Phillies P Jim Bunning, who pitched a no-hitter in his last start against the Mets, throws another five innings of hitless ball against New York before Joe Christopher beats out a 2-out bunt. Bunning wins the game 60.
» September 17, 1964:
Phillies pitcher Jim Bunning (17-4), starting on two days rest after pitching 10 innings in Houston, loses to the Colt 45s, 65. Bunning had won eight in a row.
» September 20, 1964: Jim Bunning, in relief, strikes out Johnny Roseboro in the 9th to preserve the Phils 32 win in Los Angeles. The win comes after two straight losses and leaves the 1st place Phils in front of the National League by six 1/2 games with 12 to play. When they return to Philley in the early morning, 2,000 fans including Mayor James Tate are on hand to greet the team.
» September 25, 1964:
The 1st-place Phils, just three 1/2 games in the lead after dropping three games at home to the Reds (92 and 64) throw Jim Bunning at the Braves. Bunning lasts six innings but the Braves topple the host Phils, 53, as Joe Torre belts two triples to drive home three runs. In the 2nd contest, the woes continue as the Phillies lose 75 in 11 innings. Chris Short goes eight innings for Philley before exiting with a 33 tie. Torre slams a two run homer in the 10th, but the Phils match it, before losing it in the 11th. Torre had three hits in the nitecap with three RBIs.
» September 27, 1964: Despite three home runs by Johnny Callison, the Phils are 148 losers to the Braves, who complete a 4-game sweep at Connie Mack Stadium. The Phils' 7th straight loss drops them out of first, which they had held for 73 days. Milwaukee tallied 22 hits10 against Jim Bunning in four inningsand four relievers. Joe Torre has two hits including his 20th homer.
» September 30, 1964: The Phillies lose their 10th straight game as Curt Simmons of the Cards beats Jim Bunning 85. The Phils now trail by two 1/2 games with just two to play, but have a glimmer of hope since the Cardinals have three games left against the 10th-place Mets.
» May 5, 1965:
At New York, the Phillies Jim Bunning hits a home run and beats Warren Spahn, 10. For Bunning, it is his 6th complete game victory against the Mets in six starts, three of them shutouts.
» October 2, 1965:
Another Mets' marathon twin bill features an 18-inning scoreless tie in which Philadelphia's Chris Short (1811) fans 18 batters in the 15 innings he pitches. In ML history there has been one other 18-inning scoreless tie and a record 19-inning scoreless tie. New York loses the first game 60 to Jim Bunning (199), setting ML records with 27 scoreless innings and 31 strikeouts in an overtime twin bill. Bunning's win is his 7th shutout of the year, the most by a Phillie pitcher since Alexander in 1918.
» May 26, 1966: The Giants Juan Marichal pitches all 14 innings in a 10 win over Philadelphia. Jim Bunning matches him for 11 innings before being relieved. Marichal is 9-0.
» June 6, 1966: Phillies P Jim Bunning strikes out 14 Reds enroute to a 51 win, his 8th victory in a row.
» July 27, 1966: In Los Angeles, Jim Bunning and Sandy Koufax battle for 11 innings before both exit with score locked at 11. Koufax allows four hits and fans 16, while Bunning gives up six hits and K's 12. L.A. eventually tops the Phillies, 21, in 16 innings.
» September 2, 1966:
Phillies ace Jim Bunning continues his whammy over the Mets by shutting them out, 60. It's Bunning's 8th complete game in as many starts against them, and his 5th shutout. The Mets have scored a total of four runs off Bunning.
» May 10, 1967: In the 8th inning against Jim Bunning of the Phillies, Hank Aaron drives a ball to deep CF and scores ahead of the relay. It will be the only inside-the-park home run among his 755.
» May 17, 1967:
Philadelphia defenders record just one assist in a 71 victory over the Reds. This ties the National League record for fewest assists in a 9-inning game. Jim Bunning is the winning P.
» August 14, 1967:
After whipping the Mets eight straight times, Jim Bunning finally loses to the New Yorkers. The Mets beat Philadelphia 83.
» August 29, 1967:
The Reds collect only two hits, but it's enough to beat the Jim Bunning and the Phils, 10. Vada Pinson doubles in the 7th, and scores on a ground out and fly out.
» September 27, 1967: Philadelphia's Jim Bunning loses a ML-record-tying 5th 10 decision, as Houston's Mike Cuellar outlasts the veteran in 11 innings.
» December 15, 1967: Pittsburgh acquires P Jim Bunning from the Phillies for pitchers Woody Fryman, Bill Laxton, and Harold Clem, and IF Don Money.
» April 14, 1968:
Jim Bunning's first win with Pittsburgh, 30 at Los Angeles, is his 40th career shutout and includes his 1,000th National League strikeout, making him the first pitcher since Cy Young with 1,000 in each league.
» May 25, 1969:
The Pirates sweep a pair from the Giants as Jim Bunning wins his 200th game in the opener. Bunning strikes out eight in winning, 21 over Gaylord Perry. Bill Mazeroski and Carl Taylor hit homers in the nitecap to back Bob Moose's 62 win. Taylor's is his first ML home run.
» September 1, 1969:
Willie Davis, who cracks a single and double, ties the club record of hitting in 29 straight games. The mark was set by Zack Wheat in 1916, and Davis will double tomorrow to break it. Andy Kosco adds four straight hits as the Dodgers beat the visiting Mets, 106. Jerry Koosman is kayoed after a 1/3 of an inning and takes the loss against Jim Bunning.
» October 29, 1969:
The Phillies again sign Jim Bunning, who was released by the Dodgers. The veteran will win 10 games for the Phillies in 1970.
» July 2, 1970:
At Connie Mack Stadium, the Phils break their scoreless streak of 53 innings and sweep two from the Mets, 61 and 32. With successive pinch hits by Tony Taylor, Ron Stone, and Byron Browne, the Phils score six in the 8th inning to win the opener for Jim Bunning, then again come from behind to win the nitecap for Chris Short. The opener is the 6,000th game played at the ancient stadium.
» August 11, 1970: Jim Bunning notches his 100th National League victory, a 65 Phillies win over the Astros. Bunning is the first pitcher since Cy Young to win 100 games in each league.
» August 26, 1970: In the Reds, 65 win over the visiting Phillies, Jim Merritt notches his 20th win of the year. Jim Bunning takes the loss. Merritt is the first Reds lefty to win 20 since 1925, but will be 626 the rest of his career.
» August 28, 1970: The Giants Juan Marichal beats the Pirates 51 for his 200th ML win. Marichal joins Jim Bunning as the only active pitchers with 200 wins.
» January 12, 1988: Former Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA, and becomes the 17th player to be elected in his first year of eligibility. Jim Bunning garners 317 (74.2%), and falls four votes shy of the 321 needed for election in his 13th year on the ballot.
» August 28, 1991: Cincinnati's Tom Browning defeats Montreal's Dennis Martinez, 11-3, in the first matchup of perfect game hurlers in 25 years. Sandy Koufax and Jim Bunning performed the feat on October 2, 1966.
» September 28, 1993: After three unsuccessful attempts, Dennis Martinez of the Expos picks up his 100th National League victory, defeating the Marlins, 3-2. He becomes the 7th pitcher in history to win 100 games in each league, joining Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins, Jim Bunning. and Al Orth.
» March 5, 1996: The Veteran's Committee elects four new members of the Hall of Fame, and just misses naming a fifth. The group elected includes Earl Weaver, Orioles manger for 17 seasons, Jim Bunning, who won 100 games in each league, 19th century manager Ned Hanlon, who won pennants in Baltimore and Brooklyn, and Bill Foster, the Negro League's winningest pitcher. Nellie Fox receives the necessary 75% of the Committee's votes, but the rules allow just one modern player elected, and Bunning has more votes.
» August 4, 1996: Jim Bunning, Earl Weaver, Bill Foster, and Ned Hanlon are inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.
» April 6, 2001: The Phillies retire Jim Bunning's uniform number before their home opener, a 32 loss to the Cubs. The game is delayed an hour, 51 minutes by rain. Cubs reliever Todd Van Poppel strikes out all five batters he faces while Jeff Fassero gets his 2nd save in two nights. Previously, his last save was June 30, 1993. Julio Zuleta hits the first Cub homer of the year.