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Gaylord Perry

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Gaylord Perry

Gaylord Perry was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 3rd year of eligibility, 1991, with 77.2% of the vote.

The first table below presents Gaylord Perry's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Gaylord Perry
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1962SFN23
13
2.32.50.476-0.0
0.2
2.42.70.476-0.00.2
1963SFN24
32
3.15.10.381-1.0
-0.5
3.74.80.433-0.6-0.1
1964SFN25
46
12.610.80.5381.2
2.5
11.810.90.5200.72.0
1965SFN26
49
11.713.10.472-0.3
0.9
11.713.40.467-0.40.8
1966SFN27
36
18.113.10.5813.1
4.5
15.912.90.5542.03.3
1967SFN28
42
18.718.40.5050.8
2.5
19.415.60.5552.54.1
1968SFN29
39
16.215.00.5191.3
2.5
17.114.70.5381.93.2
1969SFN30
40
21.719.40.5282.1
3.9
20.919.00.5231.83.6
1970SFN31
41
23.020.30.5312.3
4.1
21.318.20.5392.44.0
1971SFN32
38
17.216.40.5111.2
2.7
17.317.00.5051.02.5
1972CLE33
41
25.219.00.5714.1
6.1
22.617.50.5653.55.3
1973CLE34
41
20.619.00.5201.1
2.9
21.119.10.5251.33.1
1974CLE35
37
18.115.30.5411.7
3.1
19.414.40.5732.74.2
36
37
17.416.20.5180.8
2.4
18.614.90.5562.03.6
1976TEX37
32
14.110.40.5772.0
3.1
15.011.00.5772.13.3
1977TEX38
34
15.312.80.5431.4
2.8
14.211.80.5471.42.7
1978SDN39
37
16.512.20.5762.7
3.9
15.713.90.5311.52.7
1979SDN40
32
14.012.60.5251.2
2.3
14.013.00.5181.12.2
41
34
11.311.90.486-0.2
0.8
12.512.00.5100.41.4
1981ATL42
24
8.78.60.5030.5
1.3
9.29.60.4910.31.2
1982SEA43
32
11.012.10.476-0.3
0.7
12.813.10.4940.11.3
44
30
9.612.80.430-1.4
-0.4
10.811.70.479-0.30.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
787
326.4297.00.52424.2
52.4
327.6291.10.53027.655.6
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
2
0.91.10.460 0.11.01.00.489 0.1
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
789
327.3298.10.524
52.4
328.6292.10.530 55.7


Gaylord Perry was the first player to win Cy Young awards in both leagues, winning the American League Cy Young award in 1972 and the National League Cy Young award in 1978. Perry's 1972 season was considered great by virtually all observers: 24-16, 1.92 in 342.2 innings, although it was somewhat overshadowed by Steve Carlton's season in the same season.

In contrast, Perry's 1978 season is less highly regarded. It was a good season: 21-6, 2.73 in 260.2 innings, but many people view this Cy Young award as being due primarily to Perry's 21 wins and .778 winning percentage, both of which led the National League that season, but both of which are also statistics that are less well-regarded in more modern sabermetric circles.

It turns out, however, that, as measured by Player won-lost records, one can make a case that Gaylord Perry deserved both of his Cy Young awards (although one can also make a case against Perry's 1978 award depending on your Player won-lost record measure of choice).

The top pitchers in each league for each season of the 1970's are shown in the next table, ranked by pWins over positional average (pWOPA).

Top Pitchers by League-Season in the 1970s, pWOPA
Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL Player pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1970ALJim Perry19.814.73.4
4.7
NLBob Gibson22.113.95.1
6.5
1971ALVida Blue21.615.34.0
5.6
NLFergie Jenkins24.317.74.5
6.3
1972ALGaylord Perry25.219.04.1
6.1
NLSteve Carlton25.715.26.2
8.0
1973ALNolan Ryan23.015.93.8
5.6
NLTom Seaver20.314.04.0
5.4
1974ALFergie Jenkins23.014.64.6
6.2
NLAndy Messersmith18.413.93.0
4.3
1975ALJim Palmer20.612.44.2
5.8
NLTom Seaver18.913.63.4
4.8
1976ALJim Palmer19.613.63.1
4.6
NLSteve Carlton17.512.83.1
4.3
1977ALJim Palmer19.113.53.0
4.6
NLTom Seaver19.212.54.2
5.6
1978ALRon Guidry18.99.84.6
6.0
NLGaylord Perry16.512.22.7
3.9
1979ALMike Flanagan18.212.13.3
4.6
NLJ.R. Richard20.616.43.0
4.5




All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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