Bunker pitched for nine seasons in the majors, going 60-52 with a 3.51 ERA for the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals. He went 19-5 for Baltimore as a 19-year old in 1964. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year vote to Tony Oliva that year and was 12th in the MVP race. That season, however, would be Bunker’s best. He won 10 games in each of the next two years for the Orioles, but saw injuries limit his effectiveness in 1967 and 1968. He rebounded with the Royals in 1969, winning 12 games in 31 starts. His record fell to 2-11 the next season and by the end of 1971 he was out of the big leagues for good.
Bunker pitched for Baltimore in the 1966 World Series. He threw a complete-game shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3, leading Baltimore to a 1-0 win. The Orioles won the series in four games.
Bunker and his wife Kathy are artists. Their work can be found here.
Wally Bunker – career stats