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Phillies great Jim Bunning was hospitalized following a stroke

Phillies great and Hall of Famer Jim Bunning is in a Kentucky hospital after suffering a stroke. Bunning pitched for the Phillies from 1964-1968 and again in 1970 and 1971. He also pitched for Detroit, Pittsburgh and the Dodgers during a 17-year career.

Published reports say that Jim Bunning suffered a stroke Tuesday night at his home in Southgate, Kentucky. Initially, Bunning, 85, was in intensive care, but was moved to a transitional care unit on Thursday.

Bunning's family issued a statement saying that he...

"has been provided skilled care that is leading him on the road to recovery. The Bunning family wants to thank the first responders and medical personnel who have been treating dad. We sincerely appreciate the thoughts and prayers of all who are concerned about our father's health. However, so we can focus our efforts on dad's recovery, we ask the press to respect our family's privacy at this time. We will let everyone know a his health continues to improve."

During his Phillies career, Bunning is perhaps best known for his Father's Day perfect game on June 21, 1964. The Phillies enshrined Bunning of their Wall of Fame in 1984 and entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996. In his career, Bunning pitched in 591 games, with a record of 224-184 with a career ERA of 3.27. During his two stints with the Phillies, Bunning was 89-73 with a 2.93 ERA in 226 games.

After his playing career, Bunning entered politics and went from City Council to the Kentucky State Senate. In 1986, he was elected to the House of Representatives from Kentucky's Fourth District and in 1998 was elected to the United States Senate. He decided not to run for re-election in 2010.

Unfortunately for Bunning, he spent Sunday, which was his 85th birthday, in the hospital.


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