I was reading the Akron Beacon Journal yesterday about how the San Francisco Giants are retiring his number. Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News added "When his statue goes up, it'll be in his spitting image."
For those who forgot, Gaylord Perry was well known for his "foreign substance pitches", the enhanced version of the spitball. Everyone knew he was doing it, but no one could ever catch him. Closest they ever got was one ump ejected him because he found something, and I don't remember what, on the ball but they could not find anything on Perry.
Many years ago in a city not that far away when I went to my first baseball game Gaylord Perry was the pitcher for Cleveland. The game was, at least for an 8 year old boy, a snooze fest 1-0 12 inning game.