Reality and Sanity

June 18, 2006

A Father’s Day to Remember

Filed under: Horsehide Chronicles — Paul @ 10:30 am

Every time Father’s Day comes around, I am reminded of U. S. Senator Jim Bunning. Not for political reasons; in a another life, he was a Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher. It was during his baseball career that Bunning had one of the most unique Father’s Days ever.

Bunning, then the father of six children (now nine children; he also has 35 grandchildren) took the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies on Father’s Day 1964 to face the New York Mets on the road at Shea Stadium.

He pitched a perfect game.

For you non-baseball fans, that means he didn’t allow a single batter to reach first base. He struck out ten batters and drove in two runs in his effort, the first perfect game in the National League in 84 years.

Definitely a Father’s Day to remember.

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