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Gaylord Jackson Perry was born September 15, 1938 in Williamston, North Carolina and is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher.

Gaylord Perry is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Notorious for doctoring baseballs (throwing a spitball), Perry won 314 games over a 22-year career starting in 1962. A five-time All-Star, he was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in each league, winning it in 1972 with the Cleveland Indians and in 1978 with the San Diego Padres.

While pitching for the Seattle Mariners, Perry defeated the New York Yankees on May 6, 1982 to become the fifteenth member of the 300 win club for pitchers, but the first since Early Wynn did it in 1963. In 1983, he became the third pitcher in the same year to surpass longtime strikeout king Walter Johnson's record of 3,509 strikeouts. Steve Carlton and Nolan Ryan were the others.

Despite Perry's notoriety for doctoring baseballs--he even went so far as to title his autobiography Me and the Spitter he wouldn't be ejected for the illegal practice until August 23, 1982, in his 21st season in the majors. Perry also reportedly approached the makers of Vaseline about endorsing the product and was allegedly rebuffed with a one-line postcard reading, "We soothe babies' backsides, not baseballs." Like most pitchers, Perry was not renowned for his hitting ability, and in his sophomore season of 1963, he is said to have joked, "They'll put a man on the moon before I hit a home run." On July 20, 1969, just minutes after the Apollo 11 spacecraft carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, Perry hit the first home run of his career.Perry retired in 1983 after pitching for eight teams

Despite his admission of illegal pitches, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991 and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. In 1999, The Sporting News placed him on their list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, but despite 314 victories and 3,534 strikeouts, questions about his pitches may have been responsible for his being ranked only Number 97.

On July 23, 2005, the San Francisco Giants retired his uniform number 36.


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