Report: Hall of Famer, former U.S. Senator has passed away at 85 Jim McIssac/Getty Images
COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 27: Hall of Famer Jim Bunning is introduced during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

According to the Associated Press, MLB Hall of Fame pitcher and former United State Senator Jim Bunning has passed away. He was 85.

Bunning suffered a stroke last year, and it appears that complications from the stroke led to Bunning’s death.

Bunning played for 16 season in MLB, most notably with the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies. Bunning, who had a 224–184 record in his career, famously threw two no-hitters in his career, including a perfect game in 1964 with the Phillies. Bunning was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996 and his No. 14 was later retired by the Phillies in 2014.

After his baseball career, Bunning entered politcs, where he was a two-term U.S. Senator for the state of Kentucky. Bunning announced his retirement as his second term was coming to an end, and his seat was eventually won by Republican and libertarian Rand Paul.

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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