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Hall Of Fame Pitcher Jim Bunning Passed Away At Age 85

Legendary MLB pitcher Jim Bunning died Wednesday.

Jim Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. senator from Kentucky, passed away on Wednesday. According to a report from the Courier-Journal, Bunning passed away at the age of 85.

From the report:

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a major league pitching star who took his aggressive, no-nonsense brand of competitiveness into the game of politics as a congressman and senator from Kentucky, died at the age of 85.

Bunning made his major league debut in 1955 and never looked back. At the end of his 15-year career, Bunning racked up the second-most strikeouts in Major League Baseball history -- today he ranks 17th overall.

He was notorious for his bullish style on the mound. One of his former teammates, Frank Bolling, had the following to say about his pitcher:

“If he had to brush back his mother, I think he’d do it to win."

Bunning ended his career with a 224-184 record and a 3.27 ERA. Following the end of his baseball career, he launched into a successful political career where he served as a U.S. Senator for Kentucky from 1999-2011.