Cooperstown Chronicles – Jim Bunning

Jun 12, 2008

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I decided to profile Hall of Famer Jim Bunning, who was enshrined by the Veteran’s Committee in 1997.


 
The Numbers
Played 1955-1971 (17 Years)
591 Games
519 Starts (38th All-time)
3760.3 Innings (53rd All-time)
224 Wins (67th All-time) -184 Losses
.549 Winning %
3.27 ERA (3.73 League ERA)
1.179 WHIP
2855 Ks (17th All-time)
151 Complete Games
40 Shutouts
16 Saves
2 No-hitters (One a Perfect Game)

One 20 Win Season (Four 19 Win Seasons)
Six 200 Strikeout Seasons
Six Seasons with ERA under 3.00

Awards
7 All-Star Game Appearances
Cy Young Votes in 1 Season
MVP Votes in 5 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Wins – 9 Times (Led league in 1957)
ERA – 7 Times
Winning % – 4 Times
Innings – 10 Times (Led league in 1957 & 1967)
Strikeouts – 11 Times (Led league in 1959, 1960 & 1967)
Starts – 11 Times (Led league in 1966 & 1967)
Complete Games – 9 Times
Shutouts – 7 Times (Led league in 1966 & 1967)

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Pitching – 28 (55) (Average HOFer ≈ 40)
Gray Ink: Pitching – 216 (30) (Average HOFer ≈ 185)
HOF Standards: Pitching – 42.0 (61) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Pitching – 98.0 (96) (Likely HOFer > 100)

Besides his multiple No-hitters and Perfect Game I don’t see a major difference between Bunning and Bert Byleven.  Well, Bert had more Wins, Strikeouts, and Shutouts.  Oh, and Bert has a better Adjusted ERA (ERA compared to the rest of the league).   Not to mention Bert having higher Gray Ink, HOF Standards, and HOF Monitor rankings.  Basically, I don’t see any reason that Bunning should be in the Hall of Fame while Bert is still waiting. 

OK, enough about Bert.  Let’s get back to Bunning.  He was one of the best pitchers of his era, as judged by his numerous Top 10 finishes in the major pitching categories and the slew of All-Star Game appearances.  Perhaps just as important was his role in forming the Players Association.  Looking at his numbers though, and I’m left puzzled.  I’m not exactly sure how Bunning got into Cooperstown.  I suppose his overall impact on the game is enough to get him in, but he is Exhibit A why some of the other pitchers I’ve profiled deserve inclusion as well.  
 
References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles

Roberto Alomar
Harold Baines
Albert Belle
Pete Browning
Bert Byleven
Joe Carter
Orlando Cepeda*
Rocky Colavito
Dave Concepcion
David Cone
Larry Corcoran
Mike Cuellar
George Davis*
Andre Dawson
Jimmie Dykes (Player/Manager)
Dwight Evans
Chuck Finley
Steve Finley
Nellie Fox
John Franco

Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
Luis Gonzalez
Dwight Gooden
Mark Grace
Charlie Grimm (Player/Manager)
Ron Guidry
Keith Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Whitey Herzog (Manager)
Gil Hodges
Ralph Houk (Manager)
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Tommy John
Jim Kaat
Tom Kelly (Manager)
Jerry Koosman
Barry Larkin
Mickey Lolich
Fred Lynn
Sherry Magee

Roger Maris
Billy Martin (Player/Manager)
Dennis Martinez
Edgar Martinez
Bobby Matthews
Don Mattingly
Gene Mauch (Manager)
Bill Mazeroski*
Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire
Bid McPhee
Paul Molitor*

Jack Morris
Tony Mullane
Dale Murphy
Graig Nettles
Lefty O’Doul
Tony Oliva
Al Oliver

Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Dave Parker
Wes Parker
Lance Parrish
Boog Powell
Tim Raines
Willie Randolph
Jim Rice
Phil Rizzuto*
Brooks Robinson*
Pete Ro$e
Jimmy Ryan
Ron Santo
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Rusty Staub
Dave Stieb
Harry Stovey
Alan Trammell
George Van Haltren
Mo Vaughn
Bobby Veach
Frank Viola
Lou Whitaker
Bernie Williams
Maury Wills

* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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9 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave
    June 12th, 2008 at 2:08 pm #

    Interesting series. I’ve always wondered why George Van Haltren is not in the HOF.
    You should profile more players who are in the HOF, but shouldn’t be. Fred Lindstrom? “Highpockets” Kelly?

  2. LestersLegends
    June 12th, 2008 at 2:11 pm #

    Dave – Thanks for commenting. I’m working my way back on the VC guys. We’ll see who belongs and who got lucky.

  3. BraystreetLad
    September 17th, 2008 at 8:48 am #

    I guess because ol’ Jimbo is a right-wing wacko U.S.Senator from Kentuc-
    ky.

  4. LestersLegends
    September 17th, 2008 at 8:56 am #

    Could be.

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