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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, master of the spitball, died Thursday. He was 84 years old.

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

Perry pitched for eight major-league teams from 1962 to 1983. He won in 1972 with Cleveland under Cy Young and in 1978 with San Diego at age 40.

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Gail Perry fired a ninth inning en route to a no-hitter against the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals on September 17, 1968, and gave the San Francisco Giants 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 manipulated baseballs or tricked batters into believing 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 coached it 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 prior to the start of the Giants' game against the Baltimore Orioles at AT&T Park on Saturday in San Francisco, California.
Hall of Famer and former San Francisco Giants pitcher Gaylord Perry waits on the field before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of the Giants’ game against the Baltimore Orioles at AT&T Park on Saturday, Aug. 13 in San Francisco, California . , 2016.

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