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Reading Fightin Phils to honor Jim Bunning's distinguished baseball career

Published On: Feb 12 2014 01:46:53 PM EST
Jim Bunning

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Former MLB pitcher Jim Bunning was a seven-time All-Star selection throughout his Hall of Fame career. Bunning, of Kentucky, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 1999 and then was elected to the U.S. Senate.


The Reading Fightin Phils are set to welcome one of baseball's greats back to Baseballtown.

The team will honor Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning at FirstEnergy Stadium on June 12.

Bunning's appearance and induction into the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame will commemorate the 50th anniversary of his perfect game, which he threw against the New York Mets on June 21, 1964.

Bunning spent 17 years in the major leagues before retiring and managing the Reading Phillies during the 1972 season. 

Bunning then entered politics, serving in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

The first 2,500 fans 15 and older who attend the June 12 game will receive a Jim Bunning bobblehead figure. Fans in attendance will also have the opportunity to attend a free autograph session.

Tickets for the 2014 season are set to go on sale Thursday at the Fightin Phils box office, online at and by phone at 610-370-BALL.