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RIP Gaylord Perry

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by TheSportsPredictor, Dec 1, 2022.

  1. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

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  2. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    They should bury him in a casket that looks like a Vaseline tub.
  3. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

    July 3, 1973
    Starting pitchers
    Gaylord Perry for the Indians
    Jim Perry for the Tigers
    Tigers win 5-4
    Gaylord takes the L
    Jim gets no decision
    Gaylord didn’t really get his due until he was traded to Cleveland
    Some guy named Marichal was the ace in San Francisco
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  4. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    Or at least have Vaseline on the casket handles.
  5. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

  6. melock

    melock Well-Known Member

  7. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    I have an autographed ball from him. No Vaseline ... he used to own the building in which my step-grandmother - who I treated as a biological grandmother because the latter died 10 years before I was born - worked in. In the box she sent me a handwritten note with the ball indicating that he was the only man who won the Cy Young in both leagues, which was true at the time ... and a large bag of plain M&Ms.

    She worked in an unpretentious building in a small, unpretentious town. The town in which Gaylord Perry was born.

    RIP, good sir and Thank You.
  8. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    I remember seeing him get out the passenger side of a convertible Caddy in Cooperstown over induction weekend back in maybe 1996. Big cowboy hat, bushy mustache, total Southerner rolling in like Boss Hogg.

    I really got to get back to an induction weekend. Been to several, but not in like 20 years.
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  9. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    I thought he still lived in Williamston, but saw in his obit he had lived in Gaffney, S.C., for quite some time. Wonder if he knew Frank Underwood?
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  10. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Legend has it he started throwing the spitter while pitching 10 innings of relief in the second game of a doubleheader vs. the Mets at Shea that went 22 innings. In the same game, Willie Mays ended the game at shortstop for the Giants.
  11. mateen

    mateen Active Member

    If this story is true, and I believe it is, Gaylord seems like he was a hell of a guy ("Richard Nixon" is the persona of a guy who has a mock Twitter account in which he absolutely nails Nixon's phrasing/manner of speech).

    Gaylord Perry Saves the Day
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  12. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    That's a great story. It's always nice to be reminded there are still nice people in the world. For that day alone Gaylord's an HOFer in my book.
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