10 top moments from Gaylord Perry’s career

Gaylord Perry became familiar with the notion that reaching the Major Leagues is difficult, but staying there is harder. The right-hander spent 22 years in the big leagues, but Perry’s first two years with the Giants, 1962 and ’63, were interrupted by stints at Triple-A. He appeared to be vulnerable

Gaylord Perry became familiar with the notion that reaching the Major Leagues is difficult, but staying there is harder.

The right-hander spent 22 years in the big leagues, but Perry’s first two years with the Giants, 1962 and ’63, were interrupted by stints at Triple-A. He appeared to be vulnerable to another demotion in ’64 after he recorded a 4.76 ERA in his first eight appearances.

Then came Perry’s big break, which tops the list of 10 memorable moments or achievements from his career:

1. Extra-special extra innings
May 31, 1964
The Giants’ bullpen was virtually depleted entering the 13th inning of the second game of a doubleheader, tied, 6-6, with the Mets. San Francisco needed a reliever who could work multiple innings if the stalemate continued. As a part-time starter, Perry fit the description. Pitching as if his career depended on the outcome — as it indeed might have — Perry worked 10 shutout innings, allowing seven hits while walking one and striking out nine. The Giants prevailed, 8-6, in 23 innings. Suddenly, Perry was a performer to rely upon rather than avoid.

2. Another big number
May 6,…

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