A lefthanded line-drive hitter with outstanding speed for a first baseman,
Perry was leading the NL in hitting for most of the summer in 1988 before finishing fifth
at .300. He was a part-time player with the Braves in 1984-85, then was returned to
Richmond for most of 1986, where he hit .326. In 1987, Perry finally won the Braves' first
base job and hit .270 with 42 stolen bases, a record and the most by a major-league first
baseman since Rod Carew's 49 in 1976. After 1988, Perry was plagued by recurring shoulder
problems, forcing him to develop his talents as a pinch-hitter. In 1993 he topped the NL
with 24 pinch hits and retired after the 1995 season as the Cardinals' all-time leader in
that category. (ArB/SCL/GL)
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 7, 1993: Cardinals OF Mark Whiten ties the major–league record for RBIs in a game with 12 in St. Louis' 15-2 win over the Reds in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. Whiten hits a record-tying four home runs, including a first inning grand slam, in the contest. His only out is a pop out in the 4th. Todd Zeile, who scores three in the opener, scores ahead of Mark three times, while Gerald Perry is on base for each of the homers. With one RBI in the opener, a 14–13 loss, he also ties Nate Colbert's mark of 13 RBIs in a doubleheader. Prior to today, Whiten had not homered in four weeks. Bob Tewksbury (16-8) is the winner in the Whiten blowout.