Gaylord Perry, who won his 300th game while pitching for the Seattle Mariners in 1982, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels game on Friday, May 25. Game time is 7:10pm. Friday is also Dustin Ackley Bobblehead Night. Good seats are still available.
Over the course of a 22-year Major League career, Perry played for eight different teams, recording 314 wins, 3,534 strikeouts and a 3.11 ERA. A five-time 20-game winner, and five-time All-Star, Perry won Cy Young Awards in both the American (1972) and National Leagues (1978), the first MLB pitcher to earn that honor. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
Perry is coming to Seattle as part of the Mariners 35th Anniversary celebration, a season-long tribute to the franchise's history in which former Mariners are welcomed back for special appearances and promotions at Safeco Field. Friday is also Dustin Ackley Bobblehead Night. The first 20,000 fans will receive a Dustin Ackley bobblehead, courtesy of ROOT SPORTS.
In 1979, Perry pitched for the National League in the All-Star Game at the Kingdome. He was one of 13 future Hall of Famers who played in the Mid-Summer Classic that year.
Perry signed with Seattle at the start of the 1982 season at the age of 43, earning the nickname "The Ancient Mariner." On May 6 of that year, Perry became the first pitcher since Early Wynn (1963) to record 300 wins with a complete game 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees at the Kingdome. The following week, Sports Illustrated called his performance "a mixture of guile and guts, the combination that will carry Gaylord Perry into the Hall of Fame. He gave up a home run, then got the next three outs on three pitches. He loaded the bases in the eighth, then got the cleanup hitter on an 0-2 fastball. He gave up nine hits, but breezed through a 1-2-3 ninth."
Widely suspected over the years of "doctoring the baseball," or at least making hitters think he did, Perry was ejected from a game at the Kingdome against the Boston Red Sox on August 23, 1982, suspended 10 games and fined $250 for violating official MLB playing rules 3.02 and 8.02 for intentionally "applying a foreign substance" to the ball. It was the first and only time Perry was penalized for doctoring a baseball.
Perry posted a 3-10 record early in the 1983 season and was designated for assignment by the Mariners. He was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Royals. There, he recorded his 3,534th strikeout and 314th win, and was even involved in the George Brett pine tar incident when he tried to hide Brett's bat from the umpires.
Perry retired at the end of the 1983 season having played for the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers (twice), San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Mariners and Royals.
Tickets for Friday's game, and all other games on the Mariners 2012 home schedule, are available at www.mariners.com/tickets. They can also be purchased with no service charge at Seattle Mariners Team Stores (Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall, Alderwood Mall, and at 4th and Stewart in downtown Seattle) and the Safeco Field box office. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, or by calling 1-888-SEA-HITS.