Tag:Gaylord Perry
Posted on: July 23, 2011 3:22 pm

The time Blyleven talked spitter with Gaylord

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Many teammates approached Bert Blyleven over the years inquiring how to throw such a nasty curveball. One of the best stories emerged in Cleveland, with a man who preceded Blyleven into the Hall of Fame: Gaylord Perry.

Oh, what might have been.

"I was curious to see how he threw his spitter, and he was curious to see how I held my curveball," Blyleven recalls. "So between starts, one time during his side piece, we talked about the curveball grip. He picked it up pretty quick, and he took it into the game.

"Of course, in my next side piece, he showed me the spitter. And the ball was tumbling. I'm loading up, right? On the side. And Gaylord did all that stuff [with his hand movements and motions] on the mound. I wasn't that way. I worked very quickly. I always pictured Bob Gibson, and the way he worked.

"So I was having fun with it, doing all these things. And the next day, my elbow was barking after my bullpen session. I thought I can't do that.

"I asked Gaylord, told him, 'You've got to be strong to throw that pitch. My elbow's barking.' He said 'Come work with me during the winter on my peanut farm, I'll show you what work's all about.' Gaylord was just an animal, a strong individual."

Posted on: July 15, 2008 4:06 pm

Cheater? Perry says his case different from Bonds

NEW YORK -- If Barry Bonds never plays again, and his agent says prospects certainly look "bleak" at this point, he'll become eligible for the Hall of Fame following the 2012 season.

And for those who say Bonds should be inducted because there are folks already enshrined in Cooperstown who cheated, one guy has a pretty interesting take.

Guy who often serves as Exhibit A for those who may have gained entrance to the Hall with the help of foreign substances, in fact.

"I think whoever says that doesn't know what they're talking about," says Gaylord Perry, who gained fame for allegedly loading up baseballs with Vaseline. "It's such a different thing to talk about. Many guys threw the pitch I was accused of throwing.

"I played with Barry's dad, I knew his mom. I'm very fond of his family. He's got to wait awhile. ... He was a great, great hitter, a great player. He was the MVP five, six, seven times (seven is correct).

"I think they'll make him wait awhile, and that will be the punishment he'll have to take."

Though Perry, in town with more than 40 other Hall of Famers for the All-Star Game, hears all the time that players from the Steroids Era shouldn't be penalized in Hall of Fame voting because Perry rode his spitball all the way to Cooperstown, he says he's not insulted.

"No, people who compare those two don't know what they're talking about," Perry says. "It's like comparing steroids with corked bats. There's no comparison. Or with stealing signs. There's a difference.

"If a guy is going to put down one finger for a fastball and you see it, you're going to tell your teammates, right?"

Perry says he's regularly approached by pitchers today who quiz him on what tricks he may have mastered in doctoring the baseball. And he says he's happy to oblige.

"Oh yeah," he says. "I tell them some good stuff. I know they want to survive in the big leagues.

"It's called survival. Most every time you get around ballplayers, they want to talk about it."


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