MLB News – Gaylord Perry

  Hall of Famer and former San Francisco Giants pitcher Gaylord Perry waits on the field before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of the Giants' game against the Baltimore Orioles at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images) Perry, HOF Pitcher, Dies at 84 – Baseball Hall of Famer and two-time Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry died Thursday. He was 84. Perry died of natural causes at about 5 a.m. Thursday at his home in Gaffney, South Carolina, a coroner told the Associated Press. He played in MLB for 22 years and pitched 5,350 innings for eight teams from 1962 to 1983. Perry’s first team was the San Francisco Giants, with which he played with four other future Hall of Famers: Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda. A five-time All-Star, Perry was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991. He won the Cy Young award with Cleveland in 1972 and with San Diego in 1978, just after turning 40, becoming the first pitcher to win the award in both leagues. Well known for his spitball, Perry also incorporated an exceptional fastball and curveball. He titled his 1974 autobiography “Me and the Spitter.” His Hall of Fame  bio explains that despite his reputation for doctoring the ball, some speculated that it was not so much the spitball itself but the threat of it that mystified batters. Read more at:  (Callie Lawson-Freeman/Yahoo Sports)

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