Gaylord Perry Celebrity Life
Gaylord Jackson Perry is an American baseball player. He was born on 15th September 1938 in Williamston, North Carolina, to Evan and Ruby Perry, both farmers. He was the middle child of three. His father being a former baseball player, Gaylord got his start early in life, playing alongside his brother during breaks on the farm. Gaylord attended Williamston High School, where he was recognized as a jock for playing football, basketball, and baseball.
In his baseball career at Williamston, Gaylord averaged nearly 30 points and 20 rebounds per game. He studied at Campbell University in his home state of North Carolina.
Gaylord Perry was initially signed by the San Francisco Giants for his minor league career in June of 1958 for $90,000. He got called up to the Major Leagues in 1962 against the Cincinnati Reds. After his call-up in 1962, Perry joined the Giants in 1963 to work mostly as a relief pitcher.
In 1964 he joined the starting rotation, finishing the season with a 2.75 ERA and a 12–11 record. Over his 21 years-long careers, Gaylord played for 8 Major League teams. He played for the San Francisco Giants from 1962 to 1971, then the Cleveland Indians from 1972 to 1975, then the Texas Rangers from 1975 to 1977. From 1978 to 1978, he played for the San Diego Padres.
In 1980, he played for the Texas Rangers as well as the New York Yankees before moving on to the Atlanta Braves in 1981. He played for the Seattle Mariners from 1982 to 1983, before playing his final season, his 21st, for the Kansas City Royals in 1983.
Gaylord Perry claims that pitcher Bob Shaw taught him the spitball, which he would make his signature pitch, in 1964. Throughout his career, Gaylord was suspected time and again for doctoring baseballs, and when he was on the mound he was watched and monitored closely by both umpires and opposing teams.
Overall Career Stats
Overall in his career, Gaylord has had a win-loss ratio of 314 to 265, with a PCT of 0.542 and an ERA of 3.11. He has played a whopping 777 games in his life, starting 690 of them. He has had 303 completed games, 53 shutouts, and only 10 saves.
He has pitched 5,350 innings, 4, 398 hits, earned 2,128 runs; scored 1,846 runs, had 399 home runs to his name, 1,370 bases on balls, 3,534 strikeouts, 160 wild pitches, and 108 hits by pitch. He announced his retirement from Major League Baseball in September of 1983. He has among his career highlights and awards five All-Star Awards, two Cy Young Awards, three Wins Leader awards, 1970, 1972, 1978).
Achievements and Personal Life
He was added to the San Francisco Giants Hall of Fame as well as the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame. He became a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991 by majority ballot. Gaylord Perry's jersey number 36 was also officially retired by the San Francisco Giants in 2005.
Gaylord Perry married Blanche Manning Perry, who he had known since high school in December of 1959. Blanche died in September 1987 in a freak car accident. Gaylord has three daughters and also had a son, Gaylord Jackson "Jack" Perry Jr., who passed away in 2005 due to leukemia. His nephew, Chris, is a professional golfer.
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