Then-Sen. Jim Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher, delivers a pitch prior to a game in Arlington, Tex., in 2003. Bunning died Friday at age 85. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Ronald Martinez/Getty Images The Two-Way Jim Bunning, Hall Of Fame Pitcher And Former U.S. Senator, Dies At 85 May 27, 2017 Bunning was one of few ballplayers to pitch no-hitters in both leagues; in 1964, he pitched a perfect game. As a politician, the Kentuckian was known as cantankerous and staunchly conservative.