Baseball Hall of Famer Passes Away

He was a Hall of Famer, a Cy Young Award winner, and a 5-time All-Star. The baseball world today is saying goodbye to a 22-year major league veteran, Gaylord Perry.

His contemporary and fellow Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins posted the word on social media this morning, calling Perry "a great friend and a great teammate." Perry was 84.

He was well-known for throwing a spitter, and admitted himself to using the illegal pitch, even writing a book on the subject.

Perry racked up five 20-win seasons, won 314 games, and even in an era when pitchers often went the distance, his complete game totals were off the charts, with 303 of them in his career. He had over 20 complete games in a season seven times in his career. 

His 314 wins place him 17th all-time, and he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. 

RIP Gaylord Perry.