Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry died Thursday at his home in South Carolina at the age of 84.
Perry reportedly died of natural causes, according to Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler.
Gaylord Perry, Hall of Fame pitcher who won 2 Cy Young awards, dead at 84 https://t.co/un5MMa46ZT
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“Perry was the master of the spitball and other techniques to gain advantage on batters. 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,” Fox News reported.
“Perry won his first Cy Young Award in 1972 when he pitched for the then-Cleveland Indians. He pitched in 41 games and was 24-16 with a 1.92 ERA and 234 strikeouts. He was the seventh pitcher to win the American League Cy Young Award,” it added.
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“Perry founded and coached the baseball program at Limestone College in Gaffney in 1987,” WSPA-TV said. “He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
His impact led to many tributes online from many sources as news of his passing spread.
“Saddened to get the call that Gaylord Perry passed away this morning. A great friend and a great teammate. My thoughts go out to the Perry family. We’ll miss you Gaylord,” fellow Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins tweeted.
Saddened to get the call that Gaylord Perry passed away this morning. A great friend and a great teammate. My thoughts go out to the Perry family. We’ll miss you Gaylord. pic.twitter.com/u7I0IUQALE
— Fergie Jenkins (@fergieajenkins) December 1, 2022
Perry was also known for his trademark spitball, a technique he once showed on an episode of “Late Night with David Letterman.” The story led to a video clip that continues to be shared even after his passing, though filmed in 1983.
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His longtime career touched millions of lives through his years from the mound of Major League Baseball. Perry was also an avid storyteller beloved by many who enjoyed the game.
The passing of the well-known baseball legend reminds many of baseball fandom from days long ago as one of the league’s greats passes on after more than eight decades of life.