This past Wednesday, Gaylord Perry made an appearance at the 24th annual West Texas Sports Banquet and memorabilia auction. Perry mostly focused the art of pitching and what made him so successful. The event has become a centerpiece of the Midland Rockhounds and a great way for them to give back to the community. Along with the auction and speakers, the banquet will also feature awards for fans of the year, as well as an award for someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the community through athletics.
The Williamston, North Carolina native, Gaylord Perry, started his Major League Baseball career with the San Francisco Giants. During his 22 year career Perry played for eight teams compiled over 300 victories, 3500 strikeouts, and a final ERA of 3.11. During his time in the league, Perry was also the only pitcher to win a CY Young Award in both the American and National Leagues. Perry also pitched a no-hitter on September 17, 1968 against the Cardinals in which the Giants won with a score of 1-0. That score was indicative of many of the games of Perry’s career. Although he sported a good ERA, the run support lead too many losses that could have been wins if only for a few more runs. After his retirement the Giants retired his number 36 and then he was subsequently voted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
This past Wednesday Hall of Fame pitcher, Gaylord Perry was a keynote speaker at the 24th annual West Texas Sports Banquet and memorabilia auction. The event was a great opportunity for the local Midland Rockhounds to give back to the community as well as have Perry in attendance to talk about success and discuss the pitching that lead him to a great Hall of Fame career.
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