FAVORITE BRAVES PLAYERS OF THE 1980'S
#69 GAYLORD PERRY
ATLANTA BRAVES 1981
During the Braves late 80's doldrums, the team actually put together a fairly productive bench of reserve players. These players were dubbed "The Bomb Squad" by former all-star Ted Simmons and charter member of the "BS." For my version of the Bomb Squad, I use the phrase in more general terms for eighteen players the Braves got at the wrong end of their career during that decade.
|Gaylord Perry 1982|
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"THE BOMB SQUAD: 1980'S FORMERLY PRODUCTIVE
MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS THE BRAVES ACQUIRED
NEAR THE END OF THEIR CAREER"-Gaylord Perry
Career: Hall of Famer. Won the Cy Young award in both leagues. 4-time 20-game winner.
The Bomb squad: The Braves acquired the famed 42-year-old sometime spitballer in 1981 when he was a dozen wins shy of 300. The baseball strike that year prevented him from reaching that milestone in a Braves uniform. He finished 8-9 that year and led the league in hits given up that season. The thing I remember most about that season with Perry is Bobby Cox running out of players in one game and having to use Gaylord as a pinch-runner. I seem to remember the other team doubling over in laughter when Perry was brought in in that role, but that memory may not be completely accurate.
|Gaylord Perry 1962|