The San Francisco Giants will dedicate a nine-foot, bronze statue in honor of Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry on Saturday, August 13 at 1:00 p.m. at the Second and King Streets Entrance to AT&T Park. All fans are invited to attend this public ceremony.
Joining Perry, who had a remarkable 22-year career and made his Major League debut with the Giants in 1962, will be Giants President and CEO Larry Baer; Giants Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda; Giants Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Brian Sabean; Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans; Giants Manager Bruce Bochy; Giants alumni and current team members including Mike McCormick, Bob Bolin, Joey Amalfitano, Rich Robertson, Jim Barr, Don Carrithers, Tito Fuentes, Will Clark, Dave Dravecky, Jeffrey Leonard and Jeremy Affeldt; Perry's family and friends; former Giants Owner Bob Lurie; President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Jeff Idelson; and Sculptor William Behrends.
Perry was elected to five All-Star squads, captured two Cy Young Awards (1972 and 1978) and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991. He played the first 10-years of his career with the Giants (1962-71). He posted a 134-109 mark with a 2.96 ERA and 1,606 strikeouts in 367 games (283 starts) in a Giants uniform. Among San Francisco Giants pitchers, Perry ranks second in wins (134), ERA (2.96), games started (283), complete games (125), shutouts (21), innings pitched (2,294.1) and strikeouts (1,606). He is one of only four pitchers in San Francisco history to win 100 games with the club. Perry is one of 14 Giants pitchers to have thrown a no-hitter as he threw a no-hitter on September 17, 1968 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals in the Giants 1-0 victory. Overall, for his career Perry won 314 games with a 3.11 ERA and 3,534 strikeouts. He is 17th all-time with 314 wins and is one of seven pitchers ever to compile 300 wins and 3,500 strikeouts.
"It is incredibly special to our organization to have the opportunity to honor and forever commemorate our Giants legends. Gaylord is one of those legends, and we are excited to celebrate his amazing career and forever enshrine his legacy at AT&T Park. His statue will serve as a reminder to our fans of his passion and love for this great game," said Baer.
Fans (the first 20,000) attending Saturday's 6:05 p.m. game against the Baltimore Orioles will receive a Gaylord Perry replica statue presented by Coca-Cola. Perry will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The nine-foot, bronze statue of Perry, weighing 1,400 pounds, will be the fifth statue created by well-known American sculptor William Behrends for the Giants. The sculpture, which took one year to complete, portrays Perry's intensity and focus on the mound at the point of his follow through. Other works of Behrend's featured at AT&T Park, include the Willie Mays statue located in Willie Mays Plaza, Willie McCovey statue located in China Basin Park, the Juan Marichal statue in O'Doul Plaza and the Orlando Cepeda statue at the Second and King Streets entrance. All of these sculptures are mounted to a five-foot pedestal made of Sierra White Granite quarried in California.