Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Gaylord Perry dies at 84

Dec 1, 2022, 12:54 PM
Gaylord Perry throws out the first pitcher before the spring training game between the San Francisc...
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 27: Gaylord Perry throws out the first pitcher before the spring training game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Scottsdale Stadium on March 27, 2012 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Gaylord Perry has died. He was 84 years old.

Perry pitched for the Giants from 1962 through 1971. During that time, he went 134-109 with a 2.96 ERA. In franchise history, Perry ranks second in wins, ERA, complete games, shutouts and innings pitched (2,294.2). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991 and the organization retired his number 36 in 2005.

Former teammates Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda expressed their sadness and condolences at the loss of their friend.

“I am very saddened to hear about Gaylord’s passing. He was a wonderful teammate with a great sense of humor,” Giants Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda said in the team’s statement. “He had a great personality and was my baseball brother. In all my years in baseball, I never saw a right-handed hurler have such a presence on the field and in the clubhouse. He threw excellent pitches and provided the batter with another thing to think about as the pitch swept toward the plate. My deepest condolences to his wife Deborah, and the entire Perry Family.”

Gaylord Perry would go on to play 12 more seasons, with stops in Cleveland, Texas, San Diego, Atlanta and Seattle. We was a five-time MLB All-Star, two-time Cy Young Award winner and the first pitcher to with the Cy Young Award in both the American League and National League.



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