Gaylord Perry, Hall of Fame pitcher who won 2 Cy Young awards, dead at 84. Perry was also a five-time All-Star.
Gaylord Perry, a Hall of Fame pitcher who won two Cy Young Awards over the course of his 22-year career, died Thursday at his home in South Carolina. He was 84.
Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said Perry died in Gaffney at around 5 a.m. local time of natural causes. He did not provide any more details around his death.
Perry was the master of the spitball and other techniques to gain advantage on batters. His prowess over the opposition led him to a 314-265 record with 3,534 strikeouts in the 22 years he was on the mound.
The baseball world paid tribute to Perry on social media.
MLB Network mourns the passing of Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. pic.twitter.com/ZrYBhDldAe
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) December 1, 2022
Perry won his first Cy Young award in 1972 when he pitched for the then-Cleveland Indians. He pitched in 41 games and was 24-16 with a 1.92 ERA and 234 strikeouts. He was the seventh pitcher to win the AL Cy Young Award. The award was only split between leagues in 1967. He then became the first pitcher to win the award for both leagues when he did it for the San Diego Padres in 1978 at age 39. He was 21-6 in 37 games and had 154 strikeouts.
Saddened to get the call that Gaylord Perry passed away this morning. A great friend and a great teammate. My thoughts go out to the Perry family. We’ll miss you Gaylord. pic.twitter.com/u7I0IUQALE
— Fergie Jenkins (@fergieajenkins) December 1, 2022
Perry played for eight teams from 1962 to 1983. Aside from the Indians and Padres, he pitched for the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991 with a 77.2% vote.