» September 24, 1924:
Carl Mays wins his 20th for the Reds 96 over the hosts Phils, becoming the first pitcher to win 20 for three different teams in his career. Grover Cleveland "Pete" Alexander's 21 wins for the Cards in 1927 will make him the 2nd; Gaylord Perry will be 3rd in 1978.
» October 2, 1960:
Gaylord Perry pitches the Indians to a 40 win over the White Sox. It is Perry's 18th victory, tying him for the American League high with Chuck Estrada.
» May 31, 1964: The Mets and Giants square off in a doubleheader that starts at one p.m. and doesn't conclude until 11:25 p.m. After Juan Marichal's 53, first-game win, San Francisco holds a 61 lead in the 2nd until New York rallies for five to tie in the 7th. The big blow is Joe Christopher's 3-run homer that bounces off Willie Mays' glove over the fence. Eventually, with two out in the 23rd, pinch hitter Del Crandall delivers a run-scoring double off Galen Cisco, and the Giants prevail 86 after seven hours and 22 minutesa record. Crandall ended the first post midnight game ever played in the N.L., while catching for the Boston Braves in 1949. Gaylord Perry pitches 10 scoreless innings to get credit for the win. Thirty-two innings and an elapsed time of nine hours and 50 minutes are doubleheader records, as are 47 strikeouts. New York's 22 K's in the 2nd game are the most by one club in an overtime contest.
» September 29, 1965:
In a pitcher's duel between two future Hall of Famers, Bob Gibson aids his cause by smacking a grand slam off Gaylord Perry in the 8th inning to lift the Cards to a 86 win over the Giants. It is Gibson's 5th home run of the year and the 1st of two career slams he'll hit. The Giants scored all their runs in the 9th inning.
» July 22, 1966: Gaylord Perry sets a San Francisco record with 15 strikeouts and beats the Phillies 41. Clay Dalrymple's one-out 8th-inning single is the first hit against Perry. The Giants (57-39, .594) are two percentage points behind the first-place Pirates (56-38, .596).
» August 16, 1966: Willie Mays hits his 534th home run, matching Jimmie Foxx's record for right-handed batters, as Gaylord Perry beats the Cardinals 31.
» August 20, 1966: Gaylord Perry is the first 20-game winner of 1966, pitching the Giants into first place with a 61 win against the Braves.
» October 2, 1966:
With the Pirates ahead of the Giants by two runs at the end of eight innings, ex-Buc Ozzie Virgil ties the score with his last major league hit. The Giants bullpen holds and Willie McCovey's pinch homer in the 11th wins it, 74. The Giants use every player except Gaylord Perry, held out in case he is needed to pitch against the Reds. With the Dodgers winning, the Giants finish one 1/2 behind, and a San Francisco rainout will not need to be rescheduled. Matty Alou of the Pirates ends the season with a .342 average to lead the National League, but drives in just 27 runs. This is a record low for a batting leader.
» September 1, 1967: Cincinnati's Bob Lee walks Dick Groat with the bases loaded in the 21st inning to give the Giants a 10 victory at Candlestick. Twenty scoreless innings tie the ML mark set by the Pirates and the Braves on August 1, 1918, a game Pittsburgh also won in the 21st, 20. Gaylord Perry, with nine one-run losses during the season, pitches the first 16 innings of shutout ball, while Mel Queen tosses nine 1/3 inning for the Reds.
» May 28, 1968:
Suffering his 4th straight defeat, Cardinal Bob Gibson (3-5) drops a 31 decision to Gaylord Perry and the Giants.
» September 17, 1968: Gaylord Perry hurls a no-hitter at Candlestick, as the Giants edge the Cards and Bob Gibson 10. Ron Hunt's solo home run backs Perry, who evens his record at 14-14.
» September 29, 1968:
In a 30 loss to the Giants, the Reds Pete Rose goes 1-for-3 to take his first NL batting title with a .335 average. Rose was 5-for-5 yesterday against Gaylord Perry. Matty Alou goes 0-for-4 to finish at .332.
» April 15, 1969: At Cincinnati, the Reds and Giants battle for 12 innings before the Reds win, 1110. The game is 55 at the end of eight innings, and teams score three in the 9th and two runs in the 10th. Johnny Bench's bases-loaded single off Gaylord Perry ends it in the 12th.
» May 25, 1969:
The Pirates sweep a pair from the Giants as Jim Bunning wins his 200th game in the opener. Bunning strikes out eight in winning, 21 over Gaylord Perry. Bill Mazeroski and Carl Taylor hit homers in the nitecap to back Bob Moose's 62 win. Taylor's is his first ML home run.
» July 20, 1969: San Francisco's Gaylord Perry connects for his first hit of the year, and his first ML homer to beat the Dodgers, 73. The victim of Perry's dinger is Claude Osteen. Last year, Alvin Dark had remarked to sports writer Harry Jupiter about Perry's hitting, "They'll put a man on the moon before he hits a home run." Perry's homer comes about 20 minutes after the club house receives word that Neil Armstrong has set foot on the moon.
» July 8, 1970: Jim Ray Hart ties a modern major-league record with six RBIs in one inning (5th) with a 3-run homer and 3-run triple. The Giants score 11 in the frame. Hart also hits for the cycle as the Giants rout the Braves 130. Gaylord Perry is the easy winner, posting SF's first shutout of the year. Perry will throw four more to lead the National League.
» August 22, 1970:
Hal Lanier's 8th inning single is the only hit Ken Holtzman allows in the Cubs, 150 mauling of the Giants. Gaylord Perry gives up eight runs in one 1/3 inning to seal the outcome for the Giants. Joe Pepitone and Billy Williams each have a double, homer, and score three runs.
» September 19, 1970:
The Giants Gaylord Perry retires the first 19 batters and settles for 3-hitter in beating the Padres, 30. It is Perry's 4th straight shut out.
» September 23, 1970: The Dodgers knock out starter Gaylord Perry with five runs in four innings, but the Giants come back to win 1410. SF scores nine in the 6th, featuring a 2-run home run by Hart and a grand slam by Dietz. The Dodgers tie the game at 10-10 in the 8th, but the Giants score four in the 9th to clinch. Henderson belts a 3-run home run.
» November 3, 1970:
Bob Gibson wins the National League Cy Young Award by a 118-51 margin over Giant Gaylord Perry. Gibson posted a 23-7 record for the Cardinals.
» November 29, 1971: In three blockbuster deals, the Cubs trade P Ken Holtzman to the A's for OF Rick Monday; the Giants trade P Gaylord Perry and SS Frank Duffy to the Indians for P Sam McDowell; and the Reds trade 1B Lee May, 2B Tommy Helms, and OF Jimmy Stewart to the Astros for 2B Joe Morgan, OF Cesar Geronimo, and P Jack Billingham. This trade, criticized in the Cincinnati press, is one of the best in Reds history, and puts the wheels on the big Red Machine, as future Hall of Famer Morgan will win two MVPs.
» October 31, 1972: Gaylord Perry wins the AL Cy Young award by a 64-58 margin over Chicago's Wilbur Wood. Perry won 24 games for the 5th-place Indians.
» April 7, 1973: Cleveland sets day-game and opening-game records as 74,420 fans watch the Indians beat the Tigers 21. Gaylord Perry is the winner over Mickey Lolich as Chris Chambliss and Mickey Stanley match homers.
» July 15, 1973:
The Twins connect for three consecutive home runs in the 8th against Cleveland, and all are needed in the 76 win. George Mitterwald, Joe Lis, and Jim Holt homer, all off Gaylord Perry.
» March 19, 1974: In a 3-team deal involving the Indians, Tigers, and Yankees, P Jim Perry joins his pitching brother, Gaylord, in Cleveland. P Ed Farmer and OF No Neck Williams end up on the Yankees, while C Gerry Moses goes to the Motor City.
» April 6, 1974: The Yankees open their two-year stay at Shea Stadium before a crowd of 20,744. 12-year-old Teddy Kennedy, Jr., flanked by his father and Mayor Abe Beame, tosses out the first ball. Missing from the ceremony is George Steinbrenner, indicted two days ago for illegal campaign contributions. Graig Nettles' two-run homer in the 4th off the Indians Gaylord Perry opens the scoring and the Yanks score four more times to win, 61. Charlie Spikes scores the only Cleveland run in the 9th following a triple off starter and winner Mel Stottlemyre. Perry, who is warned once for an illegal pitch, is the loser today, but he will win his next 15 decisions.
» April 17, 1974:
Cleveland's Gaylord Perry pitches 15 strong innings against Milwaukee and departs with the game tied 44. Former Brewer Ken Sanders come on and gives up a home run in the 16th to the Brewers' Bobby Coluccio.
» July 8, 1974:
Cleveland's Gaylord Perry loses to Oakland in 10 innings, 43. Vida Blue is the winner.
» September 15, 1974: Cleveland's Gaylord Perry works hard for his 20th win, beating Baltimore's Ross Grimsley, 10. Perry will go 2113 and is the last Indian pitcher this century to win 20.
» June 13, 1975: The Indians trade P Gaylord Perry to the Rangers for hurlers Jim Bibby, Jackie Brown, Rick Waits, and an estimated $100,000.
» July 28, 1977:
Toronto peppers Gaylord Perry for 11 hits, but the Texas hurler still shuts them out, 30.
» January 25, 1978: The Padres trade P Dave Tomlin and an estimated $125,000 in cash to the Rangers for aging P Gaylord Perry. Perry will win the NL Cy Young Award with San Diego in 1978. In March, the Rangers will sell Tomlin back to the Reds for a 2nd tour of duty, where he'll post a 91 record this year.
» October 25, 1978: The Padres Gaylord Perry becomes the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in each league. Perry copped the National League honors with a 21-6 record and a 2.72 ERA. his is the 13th straight season that Perry has won 15 or more games.
» September 26, 1979: Atlanta's Phil Niekro notches his 20th win of the season by beating his brother Joe, the National League's only other 20-game winner in 1979, 94. The Niekro brothers are the second pair (the other was Jim Perry and Gaylord Perry) to win 20 games in the same year, and Phil Niekro, who finishes at 21-20, is the first pitcher since Wilbur Wood in 1973 to win and lose 20 games the same year, and the first NL pitcher to do so since 1905.
» February 15, 1980: The San Diego Padres trade 41-year-old pitcher Gaylord Perry and a pair of minor leaguers to the Texas Rangers for 1B Willie Montanez.
» August 13, 1980: The Yankees trade righty Ken Clay and a player to be named later to the Rangers for 41-year-old pitcher Gaylord Perry.
» January 12, 1981: Gaylord Perry, 42, signs a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.
» March 5, 1982: Needing just three wins to reach 300 for his career, Gaylord Perry signs a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners.
» May 6, 1982: At the Kingdome, Gaylord Perry (3-2) becomes the 15th pitcher to win 300 career games, beating the Yankees 73. Perry gives up nine hits and six walks in beating Doyle Alexander, and he is the first pitcher to reach the 300-win plateau since Early Wynn in 1963. Perry allegedly wears a different uniform each inning in order to sell them as memorabilia. The Yanks and Alexander lose more than the game: after giving up five runs in 3rd, Alexander enters the dugout and punches the wall, breaking a knuckle and sidelining himself for two months.
» August 23, 1982: Seattle pitcher Gaylord Perry is ejected in the 7th inning of a 43 loss to the Red Sox for doctoring the baseball. It is the first time in his 20 ML seasons that the self-proclaimed spitball king has been bounced for that offense.
» April 5, 1983:
At Seattle, the Mariners open with a 54 win over the Yankees. Gaylord Perry makes his 9th Opening Day start, but the win goes to reliever Bryan Clark. Richie Zisk, a Yankee Opening Day nemesis, hits a two-run homer in Seattle's 4-run 3rd inning to chase Ron Guidry. New York chases Perry in the 6th with back-to back homers by Dave Winfield and Steve Kemp. Steve Henderson scores the winner in the 7th when he hits his 3rd single, steals second, takes 3rd on a grounder and scores on a sac fly.
» July 27, 1983: While picking up his first win as a member of the Royals, Gaylord Perry joins Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton as the 3rd pitcher this season to reach 3,500 career strikeouts, fanning four Indians in a 54 victory to raise his total to 3,501.
» July 2, 1985: Houston's Joe Niekro wins his 200th career game 32 over the Padres. Joe and Phil Niekro join Jim Perry and Gaylord Perry as the only pitching brother combinations to win at least 200 games per pitcher.
» June 1, 1987: Phil Niekro wins his 314th career game as Cleveland beats Detroit 96, moving the Niekro brothers (Phil and Joe Niekro) past Gaylord Perry and Jim Perry into first place on the all-time brothers' victory list. The Niekros have now combined for 530 career wins.
» January 8, 1991: Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry, and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility.
» May 30, 1992: By beating the Milwaukee Brewers, 81, Scott Sanderson of the Yankees becomes the 9th pitcher to beat all 26 major league teams in his career. He joins Nolan Ryan, Tommy John, Don Sutton, Mike Torrez, Rick Wise, Gaylord Perry, Doyle Alexander and Rich Gossage as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat.
» September 28, 1993: After three unsuccessful attempts, Dennis Martinez of the Expos picks up his 100th National League victory, defeating the Marlins, 3-2. He becomes the 7th pitcher in history to win 100 games in each league, joining Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins, Jim Bunning. and Al Orth.
» June 24, 1996: Ron Gant homers on the first pitch and the Cards go on to beat the Braves, 92, ending John Smoltz's 14-game winning streak. Brian Jordan has six RBIs to stop Smoltz, who was trying to match Gaylord Perry's 15 game streak in 1974. Smoltz, 49 against the Cards, has not beaten them since 1992.