Tony Clark statement on the passing of Jim Bunning
New York, NY, Saturday, May 27, 2017 … Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of Jim Bunning.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of Jim Bunning's passing. Jim, as those within the baseball community know, is one of the most important figures in the history of the Major League Baseball Players Association. An All-Star and Hall of Famer on the field, among Jim's long list of baseball accomplishments was his role on the MLBPA search committee that hired Marvin Miller as the Union's first executive director. Recognizing the need to ensure that all Players receive fair representation in their dealings with Major League Club owners, Jim, along with a number of his peers, helped pave the way for generations of Players. That responsibility of leaving the game better for those who follow remains in place today, 51 years later. All Players – past, present and future – will forever owe Jim a debt of gratitude. On behalf of the Players, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Jim's family, friends and legions of fans.”