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Encyclopedia > Gaylord Perry
Gaylord Perry
Starting Pitcher
Born: September 15, 1938 (1938-09-15) (age 68)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 14, 1962
for the San Francisco Giants
Final game
October 2, 1983
for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
Win-Loss     314-265
ERA     3.11
Strikeouts     3534
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Star (5): 1966, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1979
  • American League Cy Young Award 1972
  • National League Cy Young Award 1978
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame
Elected     1991
Vote     77.2%

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Notorious for doctoring baseballs (throwing a spitball), Perry won 314 games over a 22-year career starting in 1962. A five-time All-Star, he was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in each league, winning it in 1972 with the Cleveland Indians and in 1978 with the San Diego Padres. He is also distinguished, along with his brother Jim, for being the second-winningest brother combination in baseball history--second only to the knuckleballing Niekro brothers, Phil and Joe. While pitching for the Seattle Mariners, Perry defeated the New York Yankees on May 6, 1982 to become the fifteenth member of the 300 win club for pitchers, but the first since Early Wynn did it in 1963. In 1983, he became the third pitcher in the same year to surpass longtime strikeout king Walter Johnson's record of 3,509 strikeouts. Steve Carlton and Nolan Ryan were the others. A spitball is a baseball pitch in which the ball has been altered by the application of spit, petroleum jelly, or some other foreign substance. ... In Major League Baseball, a win (denoted W) is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... The following are the events of the year 1962 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... The following are the events of the year 1972 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21, 42, 455 Name Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1905-1914) Cleveland Bronchos (1902-1904) Cleveland Blues (1901) Other nicknames The Tribe, The Redskins, The Wahoos Ballpark Jacobs Field... The following are the baseball events of the year 1978 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Other nicknames Pads, Friars Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) a. ... 1960 Topps baseball card #324 James Evan Perry, Jr. ... Tim Wakefield in his throwing motion, showing his grip of the knuckleball. ... 1970 Topps super card #15 Philip Henry Niekro (born April 1, 1939 in Blaine, Ohio) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... Joe Niekro autograph on a 1981 Fleer baseball card - 1981 Series, #54 Joseph Franklin Niekro (November 7, 1944- October 27, 2006) was a Major League Baseball player, brother of Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, and father of current player Lance Niekro. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) West Division (1977–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Seattle Mariners (1977–present) Other nicknames The Ms Ballpark Safeco Field (1999–present) King County Domed Stadium (Kingdome) (1977-1999) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) None... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 13 - Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first year of eligibility. ... In Major League Baseball, the 300 win club is an informal term applied to the group of pitchers who have won 300 or more games in their careers. ... Early Wynn Jr. ... The following are the events of the year 1963 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1983 throughout the world. ... Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ... Walter Perry Johnson (November 6, 1887-December 10, 1946), American professional baseball pitcher. ... Steven Norman Carlton (born December 22, 1944 in Miami, Florida) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, from 1965 to 1988, who retired as one of the most successful pitchers to ever play the game. ... Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. ...


Despite Perry's notoriety for doctoring baseballs, and perhaps even more for making batters think he was throwing them on a regular basis--he even went so far as to title his 1974 autobiography Me and the Spitter--(co-authored by Cleveland baseball newspaper writer Bob Sudyk) he wouldn't be ejected for the illegal practice until August 23, 1982, in his 21st season in the majors. Perry also reportedly approached the makers of Vaseline about endorsing the product and was allegedly rebuffed with a one-line postcard reading, "We soothe babies' backsides, not baseballs." Former Manager Gene Mauch famously quipped "He should be in the Hall of Fame with a tube of KY Jelly attached to his plaque." Petroleum jelly or petrolatum is a byproduct of the refining of petroleum, made from the residue of petroleum distillation left in the still after all the oil has been vaporized. ... Gene William Mauch (November 18, 1925 – August 8, 2005) was an American Major League Baseball player and manager, and the holder of the record for most seasons managed without a pennant (breaking the record formerly held by Jimmy Dykes). ... K-Y Jelly is a water-based, water-soluble personal lubricant produced by Johnson & Johnson. ...


Like most pitchers, Perry was not renowned for his hitting ability, and in his sophomore season of 1963, he is said to have joked, "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run." Other variants on the story say that someone else said it about him, but either way, on July 20, 1969, just minutes after the Apollo 11 spacecraft carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, Perry hit the first home run of his career.[1] The following are the events of the year 1963 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... The Apollo 11 mission was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. ... This article is about the former American astronaut. ... Colonel Buzz Aldrin, Sc. ...


Perry retired in 1983 after pitching for eight teams (the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals). It was during his time with Seattle that he kicked noted Second City actor Jim Zulevic out of a late night party in a Chicago hotel. Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26, 34, 42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Other nicknames None in common use Ballpark Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Other nicknames The Boys in Blue Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ...


Despite his admission of illegal pitches he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991 and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. In 1999 The Sporting News ranked him 97th on their list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ...


On July 23 2005 the San Francisco Giants retired his uniform number 36. is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ...


At Candlestick Park on September 17, 1968, two days after his 30th birthday, Perry, then a Giant, pitched a 1-0 no-hitter over the St. Louis Cardinals and Bob Gibson. The very next day, the Cardinals returned the favor on the Giants on a 2-0 no-hitter by Ray Washburn—the first time in Major League history that back-to-back no-hitters had been pitched in the same series. Monster Park (colloquially, The Stick or Candlestick, after its original name of Candlestick Park) is an outdoor sports and entertainment stadium located in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world. ... In baseball and softball, a no-hit game (more commonly known as a no-hitter) refers to a contest in which one of the teams has prevented the other from getting an official hit during the entire length of the game, which must be at least 9 innings by the... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... Pack Robert Bob Gibson (born November 9, 1935 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former right-handed baseball pitcher for the St. ... Ray Washburn (born Ray Clark Washburn on May 31, 1938 in Pasco, Washington) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. ...


Perry was part of several trades. Before the 1972 season the Giants traded the then 32-year old Perry and shortstop Frank Duffy for 28-year old flamethrower Sam McDowell. After that trade Perry went on to win 180 more games in his career while McDowell won only 24 more. Before the 1978 season San Diego acquired him from Texas in exchange for middle reliever Dave Tomlin and $125,000. The 39-year old Perry wound up winning the Cy Young Award going 21-6 for San Diego while the 29-year-old Tomlin never pitched for Texas and pitched barely 150 innings the rest of his career. Frank Thomas Duffy (born October 14, 1946 in Oakland, California) was a Major League Baseball player from 1970 to 1979 for the Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, and Boston Red Sox. ... Samuel Edward Thomas McDowell (born September 21, 1942 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, playing his first 11 seasons for the Cleveland Indians before a 1971 trade to the San Francisco Giants and subsequent stints with the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates. ... David Allen Tomlin (born June 22, 1949 in Maysville, Kentucky) was a Relief Pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds (1972-73 and 1978-80), San Diego Padres (1974-77), Montreal Expos (1982 and 1986) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1983 and 1985). ...


Perry is one of four pitchers to win the Cy Young for both the American and National League (Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, & Randy Johnson being the others). He held the record for most consecutive 15-win season since 1900 with 13 (1966-1978) and was 2nd all-time to Cy Young, who had 15 (1891-1905). Greg Maddux surpassed both men, with 17 in a row (1988-2004). Pedro Martinez warming up in right field of Fenway Park before a game, June 22, 2004. ... William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962, in Dayton, Ohio), nicknamed The Rocket is a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, and is one of the preeminent Major League baseball pitchers of the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. ... For other persons named Randy Johnson, see Randy Johnson (disambiguation). ...


See also

== References == In Major League Baseball, the 300 win club is an informal term applied to the group of pitchers who have won 300 or more games in their careers. ... In Major League Baseball, the 3000 strikeout club is an informal term applied to the group of pitchers who have struck out 3000 or more batters in their careers. ... The following is the list of Major League Baseball leaders in career wins. ... Major League Baseball recognizes win champions among pitchers in the American League and National League each season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes win champions among pitchers in the American League and National League each season. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In baseball, a strikeout occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ...

  1. ^ On the validity of the man on the moon comment

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Preceded by
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Major League Player of the Month
June, 1966
Succeeded by
Mike Shannon
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American League Cy Young Award
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Succeeded by
Jim Palmer
Preceded by
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National League Cy Young Award
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Bruce Sutter

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BIOPROJ.SABR.ORG :: The Baseball Biography Project. (7152 words)
Gaylord Perry, one of the premier pitchers of his generation, won 314 games and struck out 3524 batters, but his place in baseball history rests mainly with his notorious use of the spitball, or greaseball, which defied batters, humiliated umpires, and infuriated opposing managers for two decades.
During Perry's career, the rules governing the enforcement of the spitball were changed twice, and the umpires were given explicit directives concerning the pitch several other times, and all this was primarily because of Gaylord Perry.
Gaylord and Jim began plowing the fields with a mule at the age of seven, and Gaylord's earliest childhood memories were of working on the farm and wanting to be a cowboy.
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