Sunday, March 05, 2017

March 4, 1996: Earl Weaver and Jim Bunning inducted into The Hall of Fame


Earl Weaver and Jim Bunning were inducted into The Hall of Fame on this day in 1996:
Bunning, best known for winning 100 games, pitching a no-hitter and striking out 1,000 hitters in each league, failed to gain election by the baseball writers in 15 attempts. In his 17-year career, spent mostly with Detroit and Philadelphia, he compiled a 224-184 record with a 3.27 earned run average and 2,855 strikeouts.
His most memorable feat was the perfect game he pitched against the Mets on Father's Day in 1964.    
Weaver, a minor league second baseman who never played in the majors, managed the Orioles for 17 years, winning six division championships, four American League pennants and the World Series in 1970. His teams had a .583 winning percentage, ninth best in history.
It was a great day for baseball fans.

Weaver died in 2013.   Bunning was a US Senator representing Kentucky for two terms.   





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