Gaylord Perry
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"Gaylord Jackson Perry" is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He pitched from 1962 to 1983 for eight different teams. During a 22-year baseball career, Perry compiled 314 win (baseball)/wins, 3,534 strikeouts, and a 3.11 earned run average. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum/Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.

Perry, a five-time Major League Baseball All-Star Game/All-Star, was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in each league, winning it in the American League in 1972 with the Cleveland Indians and in the National League in 1978 with the San Diego Padres. He is also distinguished, along with his brother Jim Perry (baseball)/Jim, for being the second-winningest brother combination in baseball history—second only to the knuckleballing Niekro brothers, Phil Niekro/Phil and Joe Niekro/Joe. While pitching for the Seattle Mariners in 1982, Perry became the fifteenth member of the 300 win club.

Despite Perry's notoriety for doctoring baseballs (e.g. throwing a spitball), and perhaps even more so for making batters think he was throwing them on a regular basis – he even went so far as to title his 1974 autobiography Me and the Spitter – he was not ejected for the illegal practice until August 23, 1982, in his 21st season in the majors.

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I reckon I tried everything on the old apple, but salt and pepper and chocolate sauce topping.

There is a difference between jaywalking and grand larceny.

I'd always have grease in at least two places, in case the umpires would ask me to wipe one off. I never wanted to be caught out there with anything though, it wouldn't be professional.

Going back down to the minors is the toughest thing to handle in baseball.

I've got a kid six years old. He likes sports, but I definitely won't let him pitch. There would be too many things against him.

I saw Ozzie as a rookie in San Diego. I was always hoping they'd hit the ball his way because I knew then that my trouble was over.

Wait until Tommy Lasorda meets the Lord and finds out that He's wearing pinstripes.

Primarily, every rule change over the past ten years has been against the pitchers - lowering the mound and the designated hitter.