Gaylord Perry, Hall of Fame pitcher who finished career with Royals, dies at 84

Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry greets fans at the All-Star FanFest in Washington,...
Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry greets fans at the All-Star FanFest in Washington, Saturday, July 14, 2018, as part of the activities in advance of the MLB All-Star Game.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Published: Dec. 1, 2022 at 8:56 AM CST
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GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer and two-time Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry, a master of the spitball, died Thursday. He was 84.

Perry died at his home in Gaffney 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, when he pitched for the Kansas City Royals. He won the Cy Young with Cleveland in 1972 and with San Diego in 1978 just after turning 40.

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

Yankees hurler Gaylord Perry has a strangle hold on Royals batting star George Brett on field...
Yankees hurler Gaylord Perry has a strangle hold on Royals batting star George Brett on field at Royals Stadium, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1980 in Kansas City. Byplay occurred as the New York club and the Kansas City teams were out on the field prior to start of the first American League Playoff Series Game. (AP Photo)(Anonymous | ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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.