Gaylord Perry, two-time Cy Young winner and master of the spitball, dies at 84

Baseball Hall of Famer and two-time Cy Young Award winner Gaylord Perry, a master of the spitball, died Thursday. He was 84.

Perry died at his home in Gaffney, South Carolina at about 5 a.m. Thursday of natural causes, Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said. He did not provide additional details.

Perry pitched for eight major-league teams from 1962 until 1983. He won the Cy Young with Cleveland in 1972 and with San Diego in 1978 just after turning 40.

Gaylor Perry Pitching
Gaylor Perry fires away in the ninth inning on his way to a no-hitter against the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 17, 1968, and pitched the San Francisco Giants to a 1-0 victory. 

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Perry was a five-time All-Star who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991.

He had a career record of 314-255, finished with 3,554 strikeouts and used a pitching style where he doctored baseballs or made batters believe he was doctoring them. His 1974 autobiography was titled “Me and the Spitter.”

After his career, Perry founded the baseball program at Limestone College in Gaffney and was its coach for the first three years.

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, Au
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. 

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