February 4, 2015 |
JIM BUNNING spent the first weekend in December in San Diego, a member of a 16-man committee voting on Golden Era players to be inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame. Dick Allen needed 12 votes. He got 11. "I felt useless," Bunning seethed the other day, his voice crackling with anger. "It was the most disappointing 3 days I've ever spent in my life!" In his life? What about that weekend in September 1964, when the National League pennant was gurgling down the drain and Gene Mauch was pitching Bunning and Chris Short on 2 days' rest and the Phillies were drowning in a 10-game losing streak?
November 1, 2014 |
DICK ALLEN, a former MVP and seven-time All-Star, was announced as one of the 10 candidates eligible for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame through a veterans committee. Any candidate that receive votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Golden Era Committee will earn election into the hallowed halls of Cooperstown. This winter, the veterans committee is selecting from players and executives whose contributions came during the "Golden Era," from 1947-72.
September 27, 2014 |
Books, magazines, and newspapers are filled with stories about the 1964 Phillies' late-season collapse, and the general consensus is that manager Gene Mauch blew the pennant by overusing star pitchers Jim Bunning and Chris Short down the stretch. Fifty years later, many of the '64 Phillies disagree with that theory, pointing to an injury suffered by slugging first baseman Frank Thomas as the trigger to the 10-game tailspin, one that erased a 61/2-game lead in the National League.
September 3, 2014
PHILLIES NO-HITTERS Sept. 1, 2014: Cole Hamels (6 innings); Jake Diekman (1); Ken Giles (1); Jonathan Papelbon (1) at Atlanta, 7-0 Oct. 6, 2010: Roy Halladay, vs. Cincinnati, 4-0, NLDS May 29, 2010: Roy Halladay, at Florida, 1-0 (y) April 27, 2003: Kevin Millwood, vs. San Francisco, 1-0 May 23, 1991: Tommy Greene at Montreal, 2-0 Aug. 15, 1990: Terry Mulholland vs. San Francisco, 6-0 June 23, 1971: Rick Wise at Cincinnati, 4-0 June 21, 1964: Jim Bunning at New York, 6-0 (y)
July 21, 2014 |
THE NUMBERS live on, in infamy. Whisper "6 1/2-game lead, 12 games to play," in Kensington or King of Prussia; after services at St. Paul's or Mishkan Shalom; in a gym; on a whim; in a park; in the dark; and you will hear an echo, groaning with sadness, "1964 Phillies!" Everybody knows they lost the next 10 in a row, blew the National League pennant, turned those World Series tickets they'd printed into cheap, colorful, cardboard memorabilia. Broke some hearts that never mended.
June 23, 2014
ISSUE | JIM BUNNING Perfect account of a perfect game I read the first two paragraphs of Bill Lyon's column about Jim Bunning's June 1964 no-hitter not once, not twice, but three times ("Not-so-silent perfection," June 15). What a beautiful piece of writing. To capture the memory of that breathtaking day was something only Bill Lyon could do. Thank you for bringing Lyon back to commemorate the day for those of us who hung on every pitch, holding our breath until the last triumphant out. |Jane Kieser, Lansdale ISSUE | FRACKING Happy talk The rose-colored glasses David Holt wears when it comes to fracking are sadly blinding him to the growing body of evidence showing that this extreme, fossil-fuel extraction process poisons drinking water, destroys small-town infrastructure, and may have a link to earthquakes ("Natural-gas production is saving jobs in Pa.," June 18)
June 16, 2014 |
Jim Bunning's life, in so many ways, has been perfectly pitched. He played 17 big-league seasons, won 100-plus games in each league, and is in baseball's Hall of Fame. He was an elected official in his native Kentucky for 32 years, the last 12 as a U.S. senator. He was a sports agent, a minor-league manager, an insurance broker. He's been married 62 years, has nine children, 35 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. But there have also been a few sour notes. Bunning's only real shot at a World Series ended when the 1964 Phillies collapsed, inexplicably blowing a 61/2-game lead with just 12 to play.
June 12, 2014 |
Too often, Mike Adams said, he has heard somber news from a doctor about his right shoulder. "I was already planning for the worst based on history and how my shoulder was feeling," Adams said. "But getting those results back . . . I'm optimistic again. " There is no damage to Adams' rotator cuff, the part of the shoulder that required surgery last July. Still, the Phillies righthander will require a cortisone injection later this week in an effort to strengthen the area around his labrum, which is fraying, according to an MRI examination.
August 14, 2011
Imagine watching the 2011 Phillies starting rotation through the eyes of a Hall of Fame pitcher. Imagine being the only other man in franchise history to pitch a perfect game and studying the game of the guy who duplicated your remarkable feat. Jim Bunning does not have to imagine. Best known in Philadelphia for pitching a perfect game against the New York Mets on Father's Day in 1964, Bunning admits to being quite fond of the group of starting pitchers who make up the 2011 Phillies rotation.
August 9, 2011
LOS ANGELES - More than 45 former players from eight decades of Phillies baseball will return to Citizens Bank Park this weekend for the team's annual alumni event. On Friday, John Kruk will be inducted into the team's Wall of Fame during a pregame ceremony. Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt, among other honorees, will be in attendance to celebrate Kruk's appointment. On Sunday, a special ceremony will honor Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas. A statue dedicated in his memory will be unveiled with members of his family and the alumni looking on as guests.