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James Evan Perry Jr.

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The brother of Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry, Jim Perry had a quite respectable pitching career himself. He won 20 games for the Minnesota Twins in 1969. In 1970, he went 24-12 for the Twins and won the Cy Young Award. The Perry brothers are the only set of brothers to both win Cy Young Awards.

Perry was named to three All-Star teams, and led the league in victories two times that were ten years apart: in 1960 and again in 1970.

Jim was born three years before Gaylord and broke into the majors three years earlier. Having led the 1960 American League in victories, he was already a star when Gaylord broke in during the 1962 season. Late in Jim's career, he pitched on the same team with Gaylord: with the 1974 Cleveland Indians, Gaylord won 21 and Jim won 17. Jim was 38 years old at the time. They also were both on the 1975 Indians, but neither was as effective.

Jim was born in Williamston, NC and attended college in North Carolina at Campbell University. He spent 1956 to 1958 in the minors, most notably going 16-8 for Reading in 1958. He had an impressive debut season in the majors, posting a 2.65 ERA for the 1959 Indians in 153 innings. If he had pitched enough innings, he would have finished third in the league.

Over the years, Jim did finish in the top ten in the league in ERA five times, and in the top ten in the league in winning percentage six times.

Based on the similarity scores method, some of the most similar pitchers to Perry include Orel Hershiser, Hal Newhouser, and Fernando Valenzuela.

He is the father of Chris Perry, a professional golfer.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 1959 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 3-time AL All-Star (1961, 1970 & 1971)
  • AL Cy Young Award Winner (1970)
  • 2-time AL Wins Leader (1960 & 1970)
  • AL Shutouts Leader (1960)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 5 (1960, 1969-1971 & 1974)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 2 (1969 & 1970)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 8 (1960, 1961 & 1969-1974)


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