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 years old.
Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said Perry died in Gaffney around 5 a.m. local time of natural causes. He did not provide further details about his death.
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Perry was the master of spitball and other techniques to gain an advantage over hitters. 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.
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Perry won his first Cy Young Award in 1972 when he pitched for the then-Cleveland Indians. He pitched in 41 games and went 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 struck out 154. .
Perry played for eight teams between 1962 and 1983. In addition to the Indians and Padres, he pitched for the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, and Yankees. New York.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991 with 77.2% of the vote.
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After his career ended, Perry founded the baseball program at Limestone College in Gaffney and was the coach there for the first three years.