Gaylord Perry, Hall of Fame pitcher, dead at 84

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Two-time Cy Young Award winner and Baseball Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry died Thursday morning of natural causes, according to Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler. He was 84 years-old.

Perry pitched for eight teams during his illustrious 22-year career, winning the Cy Young with Cleveland in 1972 and San Diego in 1978, then the oldest player to win the award. He was selected to the All-Star game five times.

Becoming a Hall-of-Famer in 1991, Perry had a career record of 314-255, finished with 3,554 strikeouts.

Perry was famous for using Vaseline to alter his pitches; a true greaseball artist.

Gaylord Perry pitching for the Giants in 1966
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Gaylord Perry at Giants Legends Day in 2011
Gaylord Perry at Giants Legends Day in 2011
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He founded the baseball program at Limestone College in his hometown of Gaffney, South Carolina and was its coach for the first three years.

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