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Jim Perry

Jim Perry

Position(s):
P, LF, OF
Born:
October 30, 1935
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 4"
Weight:
190 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-23-1959 with CLE
Allstar Selections:
1970 CY

Intro

Jim Perry was the older brother of Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry, the two combining for 529 victories. Jim won 20 games twice for the Minnesota Twins, for whom he pitched ten seasons. A right-hander with fine control, Perry won the 1970 American League Cy Young Award when he led the league with 24 wins. Ten years earlier he had paced the AL with 18 victories while with the Indians. In contrast to his Hall of Fame brother, Jim did not rely on a spitball, but employed a sharp breaking ball and a fastball to keep batters off balance.

Unform Number

#31 (1959-1975), #36 (1975 A's)

Replaced By

The 1975 Indians had several young pitchers they preferred to look at instead of 39-year old Jim Perry. Dennis Eckersley was one of them.

Best Season

Jim Perry was one of the finest pitchers in the American League in 1969-1970. In '69 he went 20-6 with a 2.82 ERA, helping Minnesota to the AL West title.

Factoid 1

Jim and Gaylord Perry are the only brothers to each win a Cy Young Award. Jim won the American League award in 1970, Gaylord won in the AL in 1972, and in the National League in 1978.

Transition

Before 1956 Season: Signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent; May 2, 1963: Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Minnesota Twins for Jack Kralick; March 27, 1973: Traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Detroit Tigers for Danny Fife and cash; March 19, 1974: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Detroit Tigers to the Cleveland Indians. The Cleveland Indians sent Rick Sawyer and Walt Williams to the New York Yankees. The Detroit Tigers sent Ed Farmer to the New York Yankees. The New York Yankees sent Jerry Moses to the Detroit Tigers; May 20, 1975: Traded by the Cleveland Indians with Dick Bosman to the Oakland Athletics for Blue Moon Odom and cash; August 13, 1975: Released by the Oakland Athletics.

Strengths

Curveball

Weaknesses

No glaring weaknesses.

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