>> The ball gamer who was.>> Jim Bunning who became the first baseball Hall of Fame to be elected to the US Congress died Saturday.>> Jim Bunning, Detroit pitcher.>> Born in 1931, Bunning pitched for several major league teams, throwing no-hitters for the Tigers in 1958, and the Phillies in 1964.
He retired from the sport in 1971 with a lifetime record of 224 wins and 184 losses and a reputation of hitting batters who challenged him with an inside fastball. He took that combative attitude to the US Congress, where he represented Kentucky as a Republican first in the House and then the Senate.
A fall of abortion and gay marriage, he was a staunch supporter of gun rights, tax cuts, and the invasion of Iraq. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, he teamed up with Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer to win passage of a bill to arm airline pilots. He won re-election to the Senate in 2004 in a bitter race that raised questions about his mental health and strange behavior.
He had one point said his Democratic opponent resembled one of Saddam Hussein's sons. He also refused to give media advanced notice of his public appearances. But Budding never forgot about baseball. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. He introduced a bill in 2005 cracking down on performance enhancing drugs in professional sports.
His son David on Saturday tweeting, heaven got its number one starter today. Our lives and the nation are better off because of your love and dedication to family.>> Thank you very much. Appreciate it.>> Budding was 85 years old.