Hall of Famer and two-time Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry has died at age 84
Baseball Hall of Famer and two-time Cy Young Award winner Gaylord Perry has died at age 84.
Cherokee County Coroner Dennis G. Fowler confirmed Perry died of natural causes around 5 a.m. Thursday at his home in Gaffney, South Carolina.
“Gaylord Perry was a consistent workhorse and memorable figure in his Hall of Fame career, highlighted by his 314 wins and 3,534 strikeouts over 22 years,” Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, in a statement.
“He will be remembered among the most accomplished San Francisco Giants in history, and during his time in Cleveland and San Diego, he became the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both the American League and the National League.
“The five-time 20-game winner pitched for a total of eight different clubs and remained a popular teammate and friend throughout his life. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I offer my deepest condolences to Gaylord’s family, friends and fans during our big game.”
A five-time All-Star, Perry had 314 career wins in his 22-year career with eight teams and ranks sixth in MLB history with 5,350 innings pitched.
Perry made his MLB debut in 1962 with the San Francisco Giants, where he played for 10 seasons. The famed spitball-throwing right fielder was traded to the Cleveland Indians, now known as the Guardians, prior to the 1972 season.
With the Indians, Perry won his first Cy Young Award after leading the American League in wins (24) and complete games (29).
After being traded to the Texas Rangers in 1975, where he pitched for three seasons, Perry was traded again in 1978 to the San Diego Padres.
With the Padres, Perry won his second career Cy Young to become the first player in MLB history to win the award in both leagues.
In 1991, Perry was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
“We have lost another member of our Hall of Fame family, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Gaylord Perry, my friend, you will be greatly missed,” wrote Hall of Famer Wade Boggs of the Baseball Hall of Fame, in a statement on Twitter.
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